Tuesday, Dec 12, 2006
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Michael Douglas has near-miss in Bermuda

Associated Press

Actor Michael Douglas may prefer to conduct ceremonies with both feet firmly planted on the ground from now on.

Douglas briefly lost his footing while standing in a cherry-picker basket 25 feet in the air to christen a new art museum in Bermuda. Douglas, a benefactor of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, was pouring rum on the roof in a traditional regional "roof-wetting" ceremony Monday but managed to steady himself.

"I had a good laugh and stumbled. I had a little moment," he told The Royal Gazette newspaper.

The $9 million museum, scheduled to open next year, will house the Masterworks Bermudiana Collection, including works depicting the island by Winslow Homer and Georgia O'Keeffe.

"It will be a wonderful asset for the island," said Douglas, who owns a home in the British Atlantic territory with his actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The facility also includes educational space for art classes and lectures, a library, and gallery space for rotating art exhibits.

Douglas, 62, won an Oscar for his role in 1987's "Wall Street." He has also starred in "Fatal Attraction," "Traffic" and "Wonder Boys," among other films.