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Michael Douglas defends his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones

Plus, the latest quotes from Alec Baldwin, Don Cheadle, and Cate Blanchett

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Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Douglas and Zeta-Jones: Armando Gallo/Retna

If you feel squeamish every time you see a magazine photo of ”Traffic” costars and newlyweds Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas canoodling, take heed. It’s not the couple’s 25 year age difference that’s putting you off your feed — it’s that green eyed monster: jealousy. We have Douglas’ explanation as to why his recent nuptials have become the punchline of choice on late night TV, as well as the latest quotes from a sea of A list talent.

”Catherine and I don’t really think about [our age difference] too much. I was on Leno not that long ago and I gave him a little grief about just how jealous he was. Which is where I imagine most of this comes from. It’s not quite as unusual and quite as freaky as they try to make it out to be. I’d like to think I’m a pretty held together 56 year old and she’s a pretty mature 31 year old.”
–MICHAEL DOUGLAS on his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones

”We’re all really devastated. Here’s a guy [Robert Downey, Jr.] with such talent — it just breaks my heart. I don’t know if incarcerating someone who has an addiction is the right thing. But I think it’s unfortunate when the worldwide press surrounds somebody who screws up just to say ”gotcha.” I just hope he can get better, because it is a disease.”
–CATHERINE ZETA-JONES on her would have been ”American Sweethearts” costar Robert Downey Jr., who lost his role to Hank Azaria

”It’s easier to do everything if you’re a celebrity, including use drugs. You’re given more rein. And people will protect their own self interest. For example, if you’re starring in a film and they need you to make the film go, they will turn a blind eye to certain things. I know people in the ’80s who were getting their per diem in coke. Literally. The producers knew. No one’s really out there to help you. They want to make money, and that’s the bottom line.”
–DON CHEADLE, star of ”Traffic,” on how Hollywood treats celebrity addicts

”Back in 1992 when George Bush SENIOR ran against Clinton, someone said, ‘What would you do if Bush beat Clinton?’ My exact words were, ‘It might be a good time to leave the country.’ It was a very offhand remark which was by no means the kind of unpatriotic pledge that [the media] wound up twisting it into. Because when you think about it, people who make a lot of money — now that Bush is president — will get big tax breaks. Maybe if I work at it hard enough, I can learn to live like a Republican for the next four years and say, ‘I got mine; screw everybody else.”
–”State and Main” star ALEC BALDWIN on press reports claiming that he planned to leave the country if George W. Bush were elected president

”It’s amazing. You can feel the wind on your head. And frankly, it’s really liberating. Because you spend so much of your time in this industry as a female being conscious of the way you look, it eradicated a whole layer of things for me. They aren’t things I particularly obsess about, but you don’t realize how much you think about them until your hair is gone.”
–”The Gift”’s CATE BLANCHETT, who shaved her pate for ”Heaven” (due in theaters later this year), on how it feels to get naked above the neckline

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