Actor Michael Douglas sat down with the UK’s The Guardian news outlet to talk about his upcoming HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” when he was quoted as saying that he did not regret smoking and drinking for years ahead of his diagnosis. “No,” he said. “No. Because, without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”
Now The Associated Press is reporting that his rep saying the comments were taken out of context.
Allen Burry, Douglas’ spokesperson, says the actor never said during the interview that HPV caused his type of cancer, just that it can cause other types of throat cancers. Smoking and drinking are thought to be the major causes of throat cancer.