If you’ve watched the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams this week, you might have noticed something different -- specifically, the voice of Michael Douglas, who started his new job as announcer of the broadcast on Monday night.

The actor, producer, and Academy Award winner replaces the recording of Howard Reig, who announced the Nightly News for decades until retiring two years ago. No word on how the decision to hire Douglas was made, but you have to wonder if his political leanings play into the decision.

A high-profile contributor to the Democratic party, Douglas is backing Hillary Clinton for the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. He’s also carved a nice niche narrating films about social and political issues, such as the U.N. documentaries about Sierra Leone and nuclear disarmament.

Douglas blew onto TV screens as Inspector Steve Keller in The Streets of San Francisco, which ran from 1972 to 1976. He also starred in such theatrical hits as Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, Traffic, and as Gordon “Greed is Good” Gekko in Wall Street. He’s rumored to be reprising the role in the 2009 sequel, Money Never Sleeps.

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