Michael Douglas On Making Marriage Work

Catherine+Zeta+Jones in 37th AFI Life Achievement Award - After Party
Actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones attend the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas after party at Sony Pictures Studios on June 11, 2009 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI) *** Local Caption *** Michael Douglas;Catherine Zeta-Jones (Getty Images)more pics »Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are 25 years apart, and they don't really care about the gap -- but when they first got married it was the talk of Tinseltown. The Fatal Attraction star wed the actress in 2000 but admits they were both hurt by the criticism they received because of their age difference. He said: “It was thrown up at you constantly. I felt bad for her.”

Michael and Catherine: Age is just a number. (Getty)
Following their wedding, the couple, who have two children, Dylan, nine, and six-year-old Carys, moved to Bermuda, where they could escape the media spotlight although they have since moved back to New York.

Michael, who has a 31-year-old son, Cameron, from his first marriage to Diandra Luker, says being a divorcee has made him realize how you make a marriage work. He told Vanity Fair magazine: “We always tend to be kinder or make more of an effort to strangers than we do to the person closest to us.”

The 65-year-old actor has previously said he isn’t concerned about the age difference between him and 40-year-old Catherine especially with the advances in medication. He said: "At least in your head, your fire burns as brightly. Let's not kid ourselves. But God bless her that she likes older guys. And some wonderful enhancements have happened in the last few years - Viagra, Cialis - that can make us all feel younger."

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  • Catherine Zeta Jones in 37th AFI Life Achievement Award - After Party
  • Catherine Zeta Jones in 37th AFI Life Achievement Award - After Party
  • Catherine Zeta Jones in 37th AFI Life Achievement Award - After Party
  • Catherine Zeta Jones in 37th AFI Life Achievement Award - After Party
  • Catherine Zeta Jones in 37th AFI Life Achievement Award - After Party
  • Catherine Zeta Jones in 37th AFI Life Achievement Award - After Party
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