‘You get a cancer scare… open your mouth… I shouldn’t say that I’ll get in trouble again’: Michael Douglas jokes about those oral sex comments as he accepts GQ Legend award
Michael Douglas joked about his infamous comments about cancer and oral sex in a funny and touching acceptance speech at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London on Tuesday night.
The actor who has battled cancer, and is currently separated from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones made a rare appearance in the capital on Tuesday night at the star-studded magazine awards show.
In his speech he said: ‘More recently life imitates art… you get a little cancer scare, you open your mouth… I shouldn’t say that I’ll get in trouble again!’ to laughter from the audience.
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Main man: Michael Douglas looking dapper at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
Here come the men: Michael Douglas, Justin Timberlake, Tom Ford and Samuel L Jackson lead a real star-studded crowd at the event
Hollywood legend meets Hollywood legend: Samuel L. Jackson presents Michael Douglas his GQ Men of the Year Award
He told the audience as he picked up the coveted title: ‘The legend part… it’s a polite way of saying this is my third act. I’m looking forward to it relishing especially with this year… It’s a lot…:’ and Douglas seemed a little choked off as he trailed off.
The actor was referring to his comments in June this year when he said that the HPV virus – which is contracted through oral sex – could have been the cause of his throat cancer.
Quick getaway: Michael Douglas was spotted dashing through the airport the morning after the GQ Awards
Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones announced last week they were “taking some time apart” to “work on their marriage”. The couple, who married 13 years ago, have two children.
The Behind The Candelabra star later backtracked on his remarks, but it seems that the fallout may have put a strain on his marriage as wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was said to be ‘embarrassed’ that he didn’t clarify he was exposed to the virus before meeting her, according to People magazine.
Veteran stars: Ronnie Wood rubbed shoulders with the Liberace star
Suited and booted: Michael Douglas looked composed for the cameras at the GQ Awards 2013
Good laugh: The two actors hang out at the after party held at the Royal Opera House
Dapper: Michael looked slick in his navy blue suit and seemed happy with his goody bags
The Hollywood veteran put his marriage troubles to one side to accept the award from his friend Samuel L. Jackson who paid tribute to his friend’s inspirational career as he was received GQ’s Legend award.
Douglas was presented with the honour at a star-studded dinner and pretty raucous award ceremony with a night full of barbs and verbal fisticuffs attended by celebrities including Lou Reed, Russell Brand, Simon Pegg, Justin Timberlake.
And Sir Bobby Charlton who was given a lifetime achievement award by current Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.
The event at the Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, central London, was hosted by comic Rob Brydon who led from the front with an off colour remark about Stephen Fry.
Brydon reduced the audience to stunned silence when he joked bipolar Stephen Fry could not be ‘left alone with vodka and pills’, which comes after the actor and writer’s admission that he tried to commit suicide last year.
Off colour: Rob Brydon joked about Stephen Fry’s suicide attempt
Russell Brand also ruffled feathers in a typically rambling monologue as he insulted the show’s sponsors Hugo Boss by referring to their history in Nazi Germany, particularly how good they made the Nazis look as the tailors of their uniforms.
Hugo Boss formally apologised in 2011 for their maltreatment of 140 Polish and 40 French workers, forced to produce Nazi uniforms during the Second World War.
Brand joked that the Nazis ‘looked fantastic’ before getting into a battle of wits with Writer of the Year winner, Charles Moore.
Unfriendly fire: William Hague was criticised by Noel Gallagher and writer Charles Moore was booed by the audience for having a go at Russell Brand
Moore took to the stage and reminded the audience of the BBC scandal Brand resigned from Radio 2 over – Sachsgate.
He famously refused to pay his license fee in 2009 in protest over the affair, in which Brand, egged on by Jonathan Ross, left inappropriate messages on the voicemail of Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs about his granddaughter.
The writer compared Brand’s persecution of Sachs to that of the Nazis persecution of Sachs’ forefathers.
The wild bunch: Rita Ora, Noel Gallagher and Russell Brand caught up at the after-party
Meanwhile Noel Gallagher criticised Foreign Secretary William Hague, who presented an award, for being ‘here with all the s**t going on around the world you should be sorting out’. But mercifully unlike some others kept his speech short and sweet.
The big winner of the night was Sir Elton John, who was declared a genius but then promptly gave his prize away – to the man who was presenting it.
Legend: Sir Bobby Charlton was presented with his award by Rio Ferdinand, he was given a standing ovation for his humble speech
Paying tribute to Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, who has fought a very public battle with cancer, Sir Elton handed him his award saying: ‘You’re the f***g genius here’.
He added: ‘He’s too busy living life to think about f***g dying’.
Other winners at the awards included Tom Ford, who was given the designer award by Timberlake, who appeared to have a lot of difficulty reading his cue cards.
And former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens who won the most stylish award, and London mayor Boris Johnson, whose overlong speech prompted restlessness among the audience.
Happy fans: Douglas signs autographs for members of the crowd outside in Covent Garden
Emma Watson picked up the woman award, Who frontman Roger Daltrey won the editor’s choice award, and Pharrell Williams was presented with the performer award by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
This year’s event is the 16th annual awards organised by the men’s magazine.
On GQ’s live blog, Michael Douglas revealed who he thought should get the award for GQ Man of the Year.
Glam: Musician Tom Odell also looked incredible in a three-piece for the GQ Men of the Year Awards
He said: ‘The Pope’s comin’ on strong. Shame I can’t say Hilary Clinton!
Michael Douglas recently revealed that there is no crisis at home and that he and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones ‘are fine’ and only taking a ‘temporary separation’.
He revealed the news in Berlin on Monday while promoting Liberace film Behind the Candelabra.
In response to a question from the media, he said: ‘I have a crisis at home? No, I think the press has a crisis. We, we are fine. My wife and I are, are fine.
‘We take a temporary separation, but the press, it gives you stuff to write about.’
Showstopper: Jessie J looked stunning in a bandeau top and trail black skirt as she arrived at the GQ Men of the Year Awards
The world’s best and brightest descended on on the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for the annual GQ Men Of The Year Awards in association with Hugo Boss.
The ceremony is now in its 16th year, the ceremony brings together the best in film, music, TV, books and politics.
Emma Watson, Jessie J, stole the fashion show with their mid-drift revealing outfits, whilst Russell Brand, Rita Ora, Tom Odell, Matt Smith, David Gandy and Eddie Redmayne were also all at the bash.
Breakthrough: Daisy Lowe and Eddie Redmayne pose with the actor’s GQ gong
Stylish four: The Arctic Monkeys arrive at GQ Men of the Year Awards
GQ MEN OF YEAR AWARDS 2013 FULL WINNERS LIST:
Hugo Boss Most Stylish – Dan Stevens
Comedians – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright
Politician – Boris Johnson
Oracle – Russell Brand
Breakthrough Menswear Designer Brand – Jonathan Saunders
Lifetime Achievement – Sir Bobby Charlton
Radio Personality – Nick Grimshaw
Entrepreneur – Evgeny Lebedev
Chef – Jason Atherton
Sportsman – Carl Froch
Writer – Charles Moore
Woman – Emma Watson
Editor’s Choice Award – Roger Daltrey (Dylan Jones)
The Serpentine Gallery GQ Art Award – Tracey Emin
Band – Arctic Monkeys
Remy Martin Breakthrough – Eddie Redmayne
TV Personality – Piers Morgan
Performer – Pharrell Williams
Inspiration – Lou Reed
Icon – Noel Gallagher
Designer – Tom Ford
Genius – Sir Elton John
Legend – Michael Douglas