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Here is the first glimpse of Michael Douglas as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra

07.31.2012

How many of you thought you would live to see a film where Michael Douglas and Matt Damon share a romantic kiss? I can honestly say I never saw that coming. But, when Steven Soderbergh is directing, anything can happen.

That image above shows Michael Douglas in full costume as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover, Scott Thorson. The two were together for a long time and Soderbergh's film will be based on Thorson's autobiographical novel. Liberace met the 17 year old Thorson when he was the singer's chauffeur. Their relationship ended abruptly and resulted in Thorson famously suing Liberace for palimony.

Liberace's sexuality was called into question throughout his life. Many did not know that he was homosexual due to his relationships with several famous women including Mae West. It was not until 2011 that Betty White confirmed he was in fact gay and that she acted as his beard on several occasions (Why is it always Betty White??).

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is currently filming in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs and will air on HBO in 2013.

Source: Badass Digest

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12:26AM on 08/01/2012
the thought of douglas and damon kiss making me nauseous.almost puked to Dicaprio's gay kiss in j.edgar
the thought of douglas and damon kiss making me nauseous.almost puked to Dicaprio's gay kiss in j.edgar
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7:21PM on 07/31/2012
Bad pic to choose for a first look.
Actually looks closer to Roy Orbison, have to wait for a smiling pic to see if he looks the part.
Bad pic to choose for a first look.
Actually looks closer to Roy Orbison, have to wait for a smiling pic to see if he looks the part.
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5:58PM on 07/31/2012

"I can't believe Liberace was gay.

I mean women loved him."
I mean women loved him."
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5:05PM on 07/31/2012
I've been kind of looking forward to this for a while. Actually, I'm just glad to see Douglas take on a role that ought to really challenge him this late in life. Particularly after that cancer scare.
I've been kind of looking forward to this for a while. Actually, I'm just glad to see Douglas take on a role that ought to really challenge him this late in life. Particularly after that cancer scare.
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