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October 12, 2011 by staff
Matt Damon Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Michael Douglas are set to play a gay couple in the new HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” a biopic about iconic pianist Liberace extravagant.
The film will give viewers a “behind the scenes look at the stormy relationship between the legendary performer Liberace and Scott Thorson, his young lover alive,” said the producers in a statement released by HBO Films on Tuesday, 11 October.
Liberace, known for his flashy suits as much as his music, never revealed his sexual orientation and successfully sued the tabloid The Mirror in the UK for implying he was gay in a 1956 article. When asked if he “gave to hmosxl practices,” he told the court: “No, sir, never in my life I am against the practice because it offends convention and offends society ..”
Thorson was the singer’s bodyguards, chauffeur and confidante. Liberace was also linked romantically to women, including actress Mae West.
“I am delighted that we have the incomparable Michael Douglas who inhabit the role of Liberace and Matt Damon’s exceptional to play the role of Scott Thorson,” said executive producer Jerry Weintraub in the statement.
The director of “Behind the candelabra” by Steven Soderbergh, who directed Damon in the “contagion” in “Ocean Eleven” and its sequels and Douglas in “Traffic” and “Solitary Man”. He also directed the film “Erin Brockovich” and “Sex, Lies, and Videotape.” The screenplay for “Behind The Chandelier” was written by “Water for Elephants,” screenwriter Richard LaGravenese.
The production of “Behind The Chandelier” is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012 in Los Angeles and Palm Springs in California and Las Vegas, where he often shows Liberace entitled before his death at age 67 in 1987.
“Since the inception of this project, we had two priorities: Getting it right creatively, and make as many people as possible see it,” Soderbergh said in a statement. “Approach without fear of HBO original programming and its unprecedented ability to attract viewers make the perfect fit for us. Besides my hair grow back, I could not be happier.”
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