Hollywood star Michael Douglas has revealed he was told by his veteran actor father Kirk that he'd never make it as an actor, because the latter didn't want him to experience the "rejection" of Hollywood.
The legendary actor was shocked when Michael initially decided to try out drama as a youngster despite his claims to study and become a lawyer, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
When the Traffic star took on his first play, Douglas Sr. tried to make him reconsider law school by criticising his performance.
"He attended college in Santa Barbara with the intention of being a lawyer. I was very happy. I didn't want him to deal with the rejection in my field. In his sophomore year he suddenly said to me, 'Dad, I'm going to be in a play'," Douglas Sr. posted on his official website.
"I was startled. He never showed any interest in being an actor and I was glad. But I went to see the play at the college. It was a Shakespeare play and he had a very small part. After the play he said, 'Dad, how was I?' I answered, 'Michael, you were terrible.' And I thought that would squash any desire he had to become an actor," he wrote.