'Fatal Attraction' at 30


At his peak, Michael Douglas specialised in playing anxious men. Perhaps having to be constantly compared to his virile father Kirk — the star of such masculine epics as Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960) — had planted the seed of this perpetual malaise. But it was Michael’s unique ability to appear at once self-assured and weak (in more ways than one) that established him as the figure of Shaken Masculinity in the 1990s.