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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 Kevin Kline (Art Streiber)

Kevin Kline was an acclaimed stage actor (dubbed the "American Olivier") before becoming a movie star. — Art Streiber

AARP: What about your relationships with the women in your lives? Do those get easier as you get older?

MF: Get easier? It doesn't get easier. [Laughs all around.]

MD: I'd like to hear more on that from this gentleman [putting his arm around Freeman]. He's quite the Casanova — got a natural ability. Ladies are very comfortable around him.

MF: I'm an incorrigible flirt. I've been flirting as far back as I can recall.

AARP: You have a phenomenal dance scene in Last Vegas. Was that a double?

MF: No, no, no.

RD: It was Morgan on Red Bull!

MF: Damn! I felt like I was being electrocuted!

AARP: Kidding aside, how are you all growing and evolving?

MF: Kidding aside, I'm not!

KK: I'm more aware of mortality, of my increasing vulnerability, which is probably why I cried as much as I laughed watching this movie.

RD: I have projects I want to work on. Not anything as specific as "I want to play King Lear." I'm talking about things outside acting, too. I have young kids and want to see them through a certain stage. I want to give them advice, but I know they're not going to listen. So I tell them, "Ask me. Whatever you've been through, I'm sure I've been close to that." I always want to be there for them. That's the most important thing in my life at this point.

MD: I realize now how much has changed from having had cancer. As an actor, I'm freer. I have no fear. When I look at myself as a younger actor, I see what a tightass I was. I had a pretty big shadow because of my father. I was self-conscious about that. And I agree with Bobby about life outside acting. I've got a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old, and cherish the time with them. My priorities are changing. I love my career. But I have other things that, as I get older, I care more about.

AARP: What do you hope lies ahead?

MD: Work is what keeps you going. I look at my father. Kirk is 96 and finishing his 10th novel. We all know people who retired at 50 and just got old. If you retire, you better know what you're going to do with yourself. Because we're living much longer lives.

MF: Hey, if I don't have a job, I don't know why I bother to get up. Any time the phone rings, I'm ready to go. What else am I going to do? Retire? I don't know what it means.

RD: I feel optimistic about things. You certainly don't want to think that the worst is yet to come.

MF: I sometimes ask myself, "If you had a chance to live your life over and make changes, would you?" I wouldn't. Can't look back. It's gone OK, and I just keep moving forward.

KK: It's like, "What's the best role you've ever played?" The next one.

RD: That's right. We don't know what lies ahead. So I'm only going to think about the best.

David Hochman is a freelance writer.

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