Catherine Zeta-Jones Refuses Work To Be With Michael Douglas

October 3, 2010

Catherine Zeta Jones Refuses Work To Be With Michael Douglas

Catherine Zeta-Jones has turned down a role in a new Marilyn Monroe movie so she can be with her sick husband Michael Douglas.

The Welsh actress had been offered the part of screen siren Vivien Leigh in upcoming biopic ‘My Week With Marilyn’, but declined the role because she doesn’t want to be away from Michael – who his currently receiving treatment for throat cancer – for more than 48 hours.

“It isn’t a huge role, but filming would take a week out of her schedule and she wasn’t prepared to do that. She had to say no,” said a friend.

Catherine would have starred alongside Michelle Williams – who is playing Marilyn – as well as Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Dominic Cooper.

The film will be based on the true accounts of Colin Clark, who worked as cinema icon Sir Laurence Olivier’s assistant on The Prince and the Showgirl, the 1957 hit which starred Laurence and Marilyn Monroe.

Earlier this week, Catherine revealed Michael was responding well to his treatment, which includes eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.

The 41-year-old actress – who has two children, Dylan, 10 and Carys, seven, with the ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ star – said: “Everyone couldn’t be happier with his progress. He’s holding up with great strength and dignity.”

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