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First Look at Matt Damon and Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 07/31/2012

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This is going to be great. Aw, man. When I first saw these images, I bursted out laughing. Never has a feathered hairstyle looked so…tough!  These are some of the first images of Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in Steven Soberbergh’s HBO film ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ about Liberace.


Yes, the biopic about the ultra flamboyant pianist is skipping the theatrical release and going straight to HBO with the great one, Jerry Weintraub producing. The cast includes Rob LoweDan AykroydDebbie Reynolds, and Scott Bakula.


Michael Douglas is Liberace and Matt Damon, seen in full on 70s period clothing, plays Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson. Liberace had promised Thorson, who was raised in foster homes, that he would adopt and care for him and eventually the performer incorporated his live-in lover into his lavish Las Vegas stage performances. the romance ended due to the pianist’s sexual promiscuity and Thorson’s drug addiction, which led him to contract Hepatitis C. 



In 1982, Thorson filed a $113 million lawsuit against Liberace, with the palimony suit being the more famous part. But in 1986, the pair reportedly settled out of court for $95,000, two cars, and two pet dogs.

Scott reconciled with Liberace on his death bed, and a year later published the book Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace on which the film is based. It should be great and of course, extravagant. More On The Story Behind The Liberace Biopic



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