Emmys 2013: Quotes from the stars
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Michael Douglas | 'Behind the Candelabra'( Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images / September 22, 2013 )
Q: Did you prepare that speech?
A: I wasn't prepared for the response on the two-hander. That took me quite by surprise. In acting, we have an expression called a "two hander," which means it's all about two people together and you're only as good as your partner. You rely on each other throughout the whole piece. I wouldn't be on stage without Matt. The bottom and the top, I thought about.
Q: What does the Emmy Award mean to you?
A: Obviously, ["Behind the Candelabra"] had special meaning to me. One day, I was dealing with mortality issues regarding my cancer, and the next this jewel was handed to me. I have to thank [Steven Soderbergh and Matt Damon], who actually had to wait a year because I wasn't up to speed physically when we were ready to go earlier. It gave me time to absorb Lee and the wonderful qualities he had. ... I think it helped me a lot, certainly after I became cancer-free, in terms of freedom of spirit.