Michael Douglas and Matt Damon Set For HBO's Liberace Pic Behind the Candelabra

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Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are headed to the small screen in an Emmy-bating HBO telepic that chronicles the tempestuous relationship between Liberace and his longtime companion Scott Thorson.

Oscar winner Douglas will play the legendary entertainer in the Steven Soderbergh-directed (and Jerry Weintraub-exec produced) Behind the Candelabra, while Damon will portray Thorson.

“From the inception of this project, we’ve had two priorities: getting it right creatively, and getting as many people as possible to see it,” said Soderbergh. “HBO’s fearless approach to original programming and their unparalleled ability to pull in viewers make them the perfect fit for us. Apart from my hair growing back, I couldn’t be happier.”

HBO Films prez Len Amato predicts that Candelabra — which begins production next summer — is “going to surprise a lot of people,” adding that the story is “funny, heartbreaking and… fascinating.”

Comments (8)

  • Is there anyone who doesn’t find bald Matt Damon so much more awesome than Matt Damon with hair?

    Comment by Cameron – October 11, 2011 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d kinda prefer any Matt Damon that went away.

      Comment by Drew – October 11, 2011 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait !! Love me some Matt Damon !!
    Both men are VERY brave to take this project on -
    Best of luck to BOTH of them !!

    Comment by Mark – October 11, 2011 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Brave? Why would they be BRAVE to make a movie about Liberace? What an odd comment?!?

      Comment by davey – October 11, 2011 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, no kidding. Liberace was gold. To this very day, for anyone who can stop fidgeting long enough to enjoy listening to some music from a time when it was actually played, they might notice how remarkably astonishing Liberace’s music is. He was outstanding. But will Michael Douglas be able to convey his signature mannerisms? We’ll see soon enough.

        It’s too bad that nobody has yet to picture Liberace as a big screen contender. He was a very interesting talent.

        Comment by John – October 12, 2011 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Matt Damon also has an Oscar, just sayin.

    Comment by amanda – October 11, 2011 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Birdcage 2. Just Kidding. Seriously, is this a TV movie?

    Comment by cc – October 11, 2011 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dreadful casting for the Liberace role. Alfred Molina, possibly Stanley Tucci. Definitely NOT Michael Douglas.

    Comment by Templar – October 11, 2011 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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