Michael Douglas says Debra Winger bit him, confirming longtime Hollywood rumors


Showing on the one hundredth episode of Rob Lowe’s podcast “Actually!,” the 77-year-old star confirmed longstanding Hollywood rumors that Winger misplaced the feminine lead position within the 1984 motion journey “Romancing the Stone” following their weird encounter.

The film, produced by Douglas and directed by Robert Zemeckis, tells the story of Joan Wilder, a romance novelist who falls in love with chicken hunter Jack Colton (Douglas) within the Colombian jungle.

On the time, Winger was certainly one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, having starred within the “Marvel Girl” TV collection and the Oscar-winning hit “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

In keeping with Douglas, he and Zemeckis met with Winger at a Mexican restaurant in Texas whereas she was capturing “Phrases of Endearment,” hoping to solid her as Joan. Nevertheless, the dinner did not finish fairly the way in which Douglas envisioned.

“She comes out for us to have a dinner one evening and all of us have dinner collectively and we’re speaking and knocking again some tequilas and this and that,” Douglas informed Lowe within the episode, launched Thursday.

Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas in "Romancing The Stone"

“We stroll out and, simply as you’d type of go, ‘Oh you!’ and provides somebody a bit punch within the arm, , like a joke-around, she goes, ‘Oh you!’ and he or she reaches over and he or she bites me — on my arm.”

Douglas stated he screamed in ache.

“She’s like jokey and I am her, ‘I do not know, man’ — I am considering ‘this might be tough’ and he or she appears and I am going again and he or she’s damaged the pores and skin,” he recalled.

From then on, it was a case of as soon as bitten, twice shy for the movie icon. When he received again to Hollywood, he stated, he broke down in tears in entrance of movie bosses.

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“I break down in tears and say, ‘I am unable to go to the jungle together with her — she bit me within the arm!’ I stated, ‘I am unable to do it!'”

He stated the studio executives agreed to not solid Winger.

CNN has reached out to representatives of Winger and Zemeckis for remark.

Douglas beforehand stated in a 2019 interview with Selection that Winger was dismissed from the movie amid fears she was not a “workforce participant.”

The position of Joan Wilder ultimately went to “Physique Warmth” actress Kathleen Turner, who gained the Greatest Actress Golden Globe in 1985 for her efficiency.

Turner spoke concerning the alleged chunk in her 2008 autobiography “Ship Your self Roses.”

Detailing her expertise of working with Douglas, she wrote: “He (Douglas) initially supposed to have Debra Winger within the position of Joan, however they did not appear to get alongside in addition to he’d hoped. They met to debate it at a Mexican restaurant and he or she bit him, or so he stated.”


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