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The Stars of 'Last Vegas' Have Fun — Lots of Fun

Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline share laughs about their lives — and what’s still ahead

Last Vegas Morgan Freeman (Art Streiber)

Morgan Freeman didn't achieve career success and stardom until after age 50. — Art Streiber

AARP: How is this time of life different from what you expected?

MD: You don't change that much. The kid in you is still there. You're supposed to get wise and more mature, but you have the same foibles, insecurities, good things, bad things.

MF: I never thought I would reach this age. Really. I was fairly certain that with my lifestyle, it would have been truncated some time back. I was always the one who dared to jump out the second-story window.

MD: You once sailed a 27-foot boat to Bermuda!

MF: No, 30-foot. You're cheating me out of 3 feet!

MD: And you sailed back.

MF: Hey! I wouldn't leave my boat there. That was a number of years ago. I don't sail since the accident, but I keep the boat — and the hope.

RD: You know the end is near, not that you think it's going to happen to you. You read the obits and see somebody passed who shouldn't have. You feel, "Wow, he was so young." It's a bit of luck just being here.

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AARP: Did you become great friends playing great friends?

MF: I wouldn't say so. [Laughs.] But you know actors. We come together.

MD: It could have been a lot worse!

RD: None of us would work together, but they gave us a huge amount of money, so we had no choice!

KK: I'd never seen any of Michael's work. I may have seen one movie with De Niro. Early in his career. I think it was called Mean Streets. Or maybe Raging something. Raging …

MF: That would be Bull! [Big laughs all around.]

RD: Truthfully, you admire these guys from afar and hope it turns out, which it did.

MF: Let's face it, we're all pros. No diva behavior. We get it done.

AARP: Any of you have a gang of friends in childhood like the Flatbush Four?

MD: I was in a hot rod club as a kid in Connecticut. The Downshifters. We spent a lot of time fixing up cars. I enjoyed that group a lot.

MF: I had a gang. Not because I was tough, but if I wanted to pull a job, I had to have the right guys. Five of us once passed by this store. They had a whole crate of navel oranges. You're hungry a lot as a kid. I said, "We got to get those oranges. Two of us are gonna start a fight to distract the store owner. The other three are gonna throw oranges to each other out the window." I don't keep in touch with those fellas anymore.

RD: I've had some friends that I've trusted for many years. I've tried to stay in contact. It's been a while, but I know how to get in touch with them, and I will at one point. I want to.

KK: I see three or four guys from high school about once a year. Friendships like those keep you honest. They'll support you but also say, "You were a jerk then and …"

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