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Rob Lowe Cast In Liberace Biopic

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 06/13/2012

LiberaceRob Lowe has just been added for the role of plastic surgeon in the HBO documentary on Liberace, ‘Behind the Candelabra.’







Rob Lowe will be joining an already star-studded cast, including Matt Damon, who will be playing the role of Scott Thorson (Liberace’s lover), and Michael Douglas who will be playing the part of Liberace.

‘Behind The Candelabra’ starts shooting later this summer, and will focus on the Liberace-Thorson love affair and the aftermath of that relationship, including lawsuits and drug charges.

The HBO movie, ‘Behind the Candelabra’ is based on the same-name book written by Scott Thorson. The screenplay for the HBO movie was written by Richard LaGravenese, and the movie will be directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The first movie about Liberace was a 1988 US-Canadian flick called, ‘Liberace: Behind The Music’ in which the role of Scott Thorson was played by Michael Dolan.

Liberace and Thorson met when Thorson was only 17 years old. They met through the Hollywood producer Ray Arnett. Thorson was hired to be an assistant and companion to Liberace, but their relationship turned into a five year love affair.

Thorson was given expensive gifts and was even incorporated into Liberace’s Las Vegas stage show. Their relationship ended because of promiscuity (on Liberace’s part) and drug use by Thorson, which he was later arrested for.

In 1982 Thorson filed a huge lawsuit against Liberace, and that ended in a measly $95,000 cash, cars, and dogs. Thorson and Liberace met and reconciled shortly before Liberace’s death on February 4, 1987. Liberace died from pneumonia caused by AIDS.

There were many rumors surrounding whether or not Liberace was actually gay since he also was associated with several high profile females, including Mae West and actress Joanne Rio. Betty White confirmed in a 2011 that Liberace was gay, and that she often helped him to cover this up.

‘Behind The Candelabra’ will be quite the movie for HBO!


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