HBO is obviously hoping for big things from the Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, as it doesn’t air in the US until may, but they’re already building a hype, and have now scored the front cover of the latest edition of EW.
There’s good reason to think it will be a success. After all Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh is directing, with Oscar winner Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger lover Scott Thorson (and Matt’s got an Oscar too, of course).
Here’s the official synopsis: ‘Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship — from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up.’
Those involved have promised that the film doesn’t shy away from the duo’s sexuality, with Damon describing Douglas as a great kisser. And apparently they’re good as sex scenes, as EW not quotes Matt as saying, “The scene where I’m behind him and going at him, we did that in one take. We do it. Cut. There’s a long pause. And then you just hear Steven go, ‘Well… I have no notes.'”