As Russian tensions heat up, the longtime nuclear disarmament activist Michael Douglas opens up in THR’s Philanthropy Issue about staying true to his mission This story first appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It sometimes seems that good causes come and go like this year’s fashion, and if you’re a celebrity, you’re naturally asked to contribute money and time. One thing I’ve discovered is that celebrity never is more of an advantage than when you’re committed for the long haul. That’s been my experience over the more than 30 years I’ve been involved in the effort to rid our world of nuclear weapons. I became interested in 1979, when I produced The China Syndrome. I got an education on the vast arsenals of the U.S. and the Soviets. Those lessons were reinforced when I discovered that the Belarus village where my grandparents had come from was leveled because it was downwind from Chernobyl. Ever since, I’ve campaigned against nuclear weapons, recently as a board member of former Senator Sam Nunn’s and Ted Turner’s Nuclear Threat Initiative and through the U.N., where I serve as a Messenger of Peace. The Cold War’s end pushed disarmament down… Read full this story
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