Actor promotes Liberace biopic, says it won’t be “for everybody”
One of the movies that’s bound to create a stir once it’s out is HBO’s Liberace biopic, “Behind the Candelabra,” with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas as leads. Douglas plays Liberace, while Damon is his younger lover.Speaking with the latest issue of Playboy about the film, Matt did not even try to sweeten the pill: the film will be uncomfortable to watch for many but at least it will be convincing, as real as any movie could ever be.
In the process, he also manages to praise Douglas for being a “wonderful kisser,” while admitting that certain scenes were not at all easy to shoot.
“It’s tastefully done. Steven Soderbergh directed it, and Michael Douglas plays Liberace. But this movie’s not going to be for everyone. These two men were deeply in love and in a real relationship – a marriage – long before there was gay marriage. That’s not an insignificant thing,” he says.
“The script is beautiful and relatable. Their conversations when they’re dressing or undressing or having a spat or getting ready for bed? That’s every marriage. It feels like you’re witnessing something really intimate you would normally see with a man and a woman, but instead it’s two men, which was thrilling,” Damon adds.
As for those who might take offense with the film, Matt has one, very important word of advice: this is HBO, just change the channel.
“Behind the Candelabra” will be out in 2013.