The 71-year-old Hollywood actor opens up in a tell-all interview with AARP The Magazine, gets candid with his marriage life with actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and how he just wants to be a good father to their two gorgeous children - Dylan, 15, and Carys, 12.
Douglas, after suffering stage 4 tongue cancer and surviving treatments, he then realized that what he had gone through all this time has become an eye-opener for him, and that show business isn’t a top priority anymore.
"Show business is not the most important thing in the world," he says.
"You're a fool if you don't get a little more conscious at my age of how you want to spend your days," the Ant-Man actor, who's been cancer-free since January 2011, continued. "It's been five years, and I feel really good, but you have a new appreciation. I'm more motivated, more responsible. My younger kids could be my grandchildren. I want to be here a while."
After working for more than 50 films in his entire career, the Oscar-winner and producer is currently getting himself busy with living a healthy lifestyle and patching things up with his family, especially with his marriage with actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“It took work on both our parts," Douglas says about trying to mend things with Zeta-Jones, 46, after they split in 2013. "I don't think there's much chance of fixing a relationship if one of you is already out the door."
After proving himself in a popular tv show in the streets of San Francisco, according to AARP, there were a lot of ups and downs during that the time which included a 2013 separation from his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, while managing her struggle with bipolar disorder. But now, time has actually blessed them, both has come to a positive understanding.
“I think we're both mellower and wiser," adds Zeta-Jones. "That comes naturally with time. We count our blessings."
According to Entertainment Tonight, Douglas also admits having regrets some of his decision raising while their two children along with his eldest son, 37-year-old Cameron, who is currently serving time in New York prison for drug conviction.
"When you're busy all the time, you don't think about a whole lot of things other than the realities that are in front of you," he confesses.
"I see him twice a month now because he's incarcerated closer to our home," he adds. "He's a drug addict, but he's done more than his fair share of time for it." He's set to be released in 2017.
After years of ups and downs, Douglas has already come to a point where he reflects on the life that he is living now and wanting to spend more with his children and grandchildren as well.
"It's been five years, and I feel really good," he says, holding his hands as if in prayer, "but you have a new appreciation. I'm more motivated, more responsible. My younger kids could be my grandchildren. I want to be here a while."