Actor Michael Douglas, who announced his stage 4 throat cancer diagnoses, told The Hollywood Reporter that he’s been gearing up for his next role for a film “Liberace,” whose shooting will start in May or June.

He told the source, “I’ve got a bunch of tapes of performances. I’m thinking; I’m a blank slate. Everything shows me he was a lovely man; I just want to reconfirm that.”

Douglas will have a PET scan to see if his tumor has been eliminated in January.

The actor also said regarding his cancer, “Religion has certainly been shoved down my throat. I believe there is a spirit within us, which we nurture based upon our efforts and what we bring to the world. But it doesn’t come from the outside; it comes from the inside.”

He added, “I haven’t really digested it yet, truth be told. As I looked through the stats, I didn’t think of this as life and death; I just saw it as an illness to get over. So I didn’t dig into the bottom of my soul to see what I could see. It certainly has put a little perspective on mortality, obviously. I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. Cancer has shown me what family is. It showed me a love that I never knew really existed.”

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