Michael Douglas to play Liberace in Steven Soderbergh film

A biopic about flamboyant pianist/entertainer Liberace is in the works and has lined up some big names. Michael Douglas, 67, has been cast in the lead role of the film, entitled Behind the Candelabra, which refers to the trademark candelabra Liberace always placed on his custom-made grand piano when he performed. The movie will be directed by Steven Soderbergh and also stars Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, Liberace’s younger bodyguard and live-in lover. Liberace, a closeted gay man his entire life, sued the London Daily Mirror in 1959 for calling him “fruit-flavoured,” and in court, he denied being gay, insisting homosexuality was an “abomination.” He won the suit for $22,000, but when he died at age 67 of AIDS in 1987, the paper asked for the money back. Production on the HBO Films project will begin next summer for a 2013 release.

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  1. TheTruth • October 12, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

    I think you may want to double check your numbers with regards to the $22 million…

  2. Tribute • October 12, 2011 @ 12:57 PM

    Changed – thanks.

  3. C-Dub • October 12, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

    I think this could be an oscar nomination. The Academy likes people with health problems making a comeback especially in bio pics. Michael Douglas with his cancer and then playing a man who was clearly gay and died of AIDS, this wreaks of Oscar calibre.

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