Michael Douglas revealed he had tongue cancer, not throat cancer

The actor explained his reasons for doing so in an interview with his friend Samuel L. Jackson.

“This was right before I had a big tour forWall Street, so we said, ‘There’s no way we can cancel the tour and say we don’t feel well,'” Douglas admitted to Samuel L. Jackson, as part of This Morning’s Male Cancer Awareness Week. “I said you’ve just got to come out and just tell them I’ve got cancer and that’s that.”

“But the surgeon said, ‘Let’s just say it’s throat cancer.’ I said ‘OK, you don’t want to say it’s tongue cancer?’, I said ‘Why’s that?’ and he said, ‘Well, if you really want to know why, if we do have to have surgery it’s not going to be pretty. You’ll lose part of you jaw and your tongue and all of that stuff.’ So I said, ‘OK sure.’ ”

In a January 2011 interview with NBC, Michael Douglas announced that he had cured his throat cancer, which was diagnosed the previous year.

Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones – who married in 2002 – are currently separated.