Unlike the spawn of most stars, Michael Douglas has successfully emerged from the shadow of his famous father. Younger brother Eric, 31, hasn’t been so lucky. An actor and stand-up comedian, Eric Douglas is probably better known for recent tabloid-worthy episodes — a jail stint last year for assaulting a cop and a May comedy-club brouhaha during which he mooned the audience. Still, the lesser-known Douglas has flaunted his Method skills on screen. Some highlights:
Role: Bud, son of an impoverished gunslinger (Eric’s real-life dad, Kirk). Analysis: In his first and best movie, 9-year-old Eric is natural and unaffected. Perhaps he should take a look at it.
The Flamingo Kid
Role: Donny, a valet parker at a beach club. Analysis: Swift and efficient — actually, blink and you’ll miss him. He’s on screen for approximately three seconds.
The Golden Child
Role: Scruffy member of the Golden Dragons biker gang who has a brief encounter with Eddie Murphy. Analysis: Convincingly conveys pain after Murphy slugs him. Twice.
Role: Johnny, a troubled high schooler who pines to be a mechanical engineer instead of the accountant his father desires. Analysis: This lead role is excellent prep for a dinner-theater production of Hamlet.
Delta Force 3
Role: Sam, the demolitions expert on an antiterrorist team. Analysis: Overemotes while shouting, ”Don’t f—ing die on me!” to his mortally wounded buddy. Then he runs amok, sacrificing his life.