Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary today, and to mark the occasion the actor has shared the story of how they first met.
He had watched her in the film The Mask of Zorro and was so taken with her he begged his assistant to set up a date between them.
They met up for a drink, but Michael, 76, thought he had blown it when Catherine, 51, stormed off because he told her he was going to be the father of her children.
But Michael actually turned out to be right, because they got married in 2000 and went on to have children Dylan, 20, and Carys, 17.
Taking to his Instagram account on Wednesday to mark their anniversary, Michael posted a video about how they got together.
He said: “How and where did I meet my wife? Well, I’m at a screening in Hollywood at somebody’s house and they’re showing Zorro.
“I’m watching this movie and I go, ‘Wow, who is this girl? She’s incredible.’ They said that’s Catherine Zeta Jones and I take notice, I say ‘wow’.”
A month later he was at a film festival promoting A Perfect Murder and realised the next day they were showing Zorro.
He asked his assistant to find out if Catherine would be at the festival and whether she’d be alone.
Michael told them: “If she is maybe I could have a drink with her.”
Catherine’s team got back saying she’d only be in town for one night but she’d love to have a drink with him.
“So I have a drink with her and it was everything I hoped for, then she invited me for dinner with the company and I’m thinking, this is looking good.”
Catherine then had to film a TV show to promote her tour and he promised her he’d be waiting for her at the hotel bar afterwards.
Michael continued “Sure enough, I must have been batting 1,000, because I’m sitting at the bar and like Lawrence of Arabia, this mirage comes through the lobby – it’s Catherine Zeta-Jones.”
They sat down and had a drink, but he said he made a big mistake when he told her: “I’m gonna be the father of your children.”
She said: “I’ve heard a lot about you and I guess it’s all true – goodnight.”
Catherine stormed off and left the hotel early the next morning, Michael told his followers.
But it all had a happy ending, as he explained: “I thought I had completely blown it, but I am happy to say we made contact and the rest is history.”