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Steven Soderbergh says every studio rejected Behind the Candelabra because it was "too gay"

Jan. 4, 2013by:

One would think that a film like Steven Soderbergh's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (which looks spectacular by the way) would have no problem finding a studio to bring it to the bring screen--but apparently, it did.

But why? Probably one of the most moronic answers I've ever heard. This is what Soderbergh told The Wrap:

"Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town. We needed $5 million. Nobody would do it. They said it was too gay. Everybody. This was after 'Brokeback Mountain,' by the way. Which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us."

Back the truck up..."too gay"? REALLY? Obviously I haven't seen the movie yet so I have no way to back this up, but if HBO decided to take it on, it can't be too racy. Not anymore racy than BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN as Soderbergh had already mentioned. The director was surprised that his other film, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE got a theatrical release, but not the Liberace biopic.

But in the end, the director was just happy that HBO took on the project, They're great and they're really good at what they do, and ultimately I think more people will see it, and that's all you care about. Studios were going, 'We don't know how to sell it. They were scared.'"

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas premieres on HBO this Spring.

Source: The Wrap

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8:59AM on 01/08/2013

Michael Dougles *is* Liberace

That man is so talented...damn. So used to him playing a hardass lately, it's great to see him spread his wings (so to speak) and just LOOK at that pic! How can you not want to see it? :)
That man is so talented...damn. So used to him playing a hardass lately, it's great to see him spread his wings (so to speak) and just LOOK at that pic! How can you not want to see it? :)
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8:35AM on 01/07/2013
Just for the record, how gay is TOO gay? Is there a line that shouldn't be crossed?
Just for the record, how gay is TOO gay? Is there a line that shouldn't be crossed?
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9:43AM on 01/06/2013
Why they want to make gay movies,anyway?! For awards?!
Why they want to make gay movies,anyway?! For awards?!
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9:28PM on 01/07/2013
Brace yourself - because the subjects of the movie can be very interesting.
Brace yourself - because the subjects of the movie can be very interesting.
8:57AM on 01/08/2013
Exactly, for the awards. You're so smart to have figured that out! Did you put that together all by yourself? In fact, did you know that nobody is ACTUALLY gay, but they just act that way to get awards too? It's true!
Exactly, for the awards. You're so smart to have figured that out! Did you put that together all by yourself? In fact, did you know that nobody is ACTUALLY gay, but they just act that way to get awards too? It's true!
5:30PM on 01/05/2013
That kind of homophobia in the studios wouldn't surprise me for one second. HBO is pretty awesome though, so it's good that they picked it up.
That kind of homophobia in the studios wouldn't surprise me for one second. HBO is pretty awesome though, so it's good that they picked it up.
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5:55PM on 01/05/2013
Seriously? Because it would probably surprise all the gay studio seniors.

This story is bullshit. I checked. He got rejected because the script wasn't any good.
Seriously? Because it would probably surprise all the gay studio seniors.

This story is bullshit. I checked. He got rejected because the script wasn't any good.
5:01PM on 01/05/2013
I find it hard to believe any studio would deny Matt Damon $5 million to make anything. There is something else that Soderbergh's not telling us here.
I find it hard to believe any studio would deny Matt Damon $5 million to make anything. There is something else that Soderbergh's not telling us here.
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11:53AM on 01/05/2013

From what I've heard, this story makes total sense

as in, "Yes, the studio system is that dumb."

While we're at it, I'd love to see Michael Douglas play Liberace. That looks like a great fit.
as in, "Yes, the studio system is that dumb."

While we're at it, I'd love to see Michael Douglas play Liberace. That looks like a great fit.
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11:03AM on 01/05/2013
Just like all the studios didn't want to release Red Tails because "it was all black people" or whatever George said.
Just like all the studios didn't want to release Red Tails because "it was all black people" or whatever George said.
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10:42AM on 01/05/2013
I have trouble believing this story. Even on the most absurd level this doesn't even pass as an excuse. Douglas and Damon couldn't pull a Hail Mary from any studio ? Plus Magic Mike reception would've given Soderburgh some pull also. Brokeback, Milk each made a decent return theatrically and I'm guessing more provocative than Candle. This is a real puzzle to crack.
I have trouble believing this story. Even on the most absurd level this doesn't even pass as an excuse. Douglas and Damon couldn't pull a Hail Mary from any studio ? Plus Magic Mike reception would've given Soderburgh some pull also. Brokeback, Milk each made a decent return theatrically and I'm guessing more provocative than Candle. This is a real puzzle to crack.
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10:13AM on 01/05/2013
I have trouble believing this story. Even on the most absurd level this doesn't even pass as an excuse. Douglas and Damon couldn't pull a Hail Mary from any studio ? Plus Magic Mike reception would've given Soderburgh some pull also. Brokeback, Milk each made a decent return theatrically and I'm guessing more provocative than Candle. This is a real puzzle to crack.
I have trouble believing this story. Even on the most absurd level this doesn't even pass as an excuse. Douglas and Damon couldn't pull a Hail Mary from any studio ? Plus Magic Mike reception would've given Soderburgh some pull also. Brokeback, Milk each made a decent return theatrically and I'm guessing more provocative than Candle. This is a real puzzle to crack.
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1:04AM on 01/06/2013
He was shopping this thing around YEARS before Magic Mike was even an idea.
He was shopping this thing around YEARS before Magic Mike was even an idea.
9:16AM on 01/05/2013

Wait, does that mean Chandell and Harry were gay too??

That's crazy, and if you get the reference, you are my new best friend!
That's crazy, and if you get the reference, you are my new best friend!
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9:03AM on 01/05/2013
For those not old enough to remember him in his prime, Liberace is only slightly less gay than John Barrowman.
For those not old enough to remember him in his prime, Liberace is only slightly less gay than John Barrowman.
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11:52AM on 01/05/2013
Dude, Liberace makes John Barrowman look like George Clooney.
Dude, Liberace makes John Barrowman look like George Clooney.
11:31AM on 01/06/2013
Please. John Barrowman makes Liberace look like Lee Marvin. Barrowman's as full-on Jazz Hands as they come.
Please. John Barrowman makes Liberace look like Lee Marvin. Barrowman's as full-on Jazz Hands as they come.
10:38AM on 01/07/2013
Barrowman is not that way in everything. He's played gay and straight characters, both believably.
Barrowman is not that way in everything. He's played gay and straight characters, both believably.
3:37AM on 01/05/2013

My God

This movie is gay.
This movie is gay.
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1:23AM on 01/05/2013

Wait...

Liberace was gay?!?!
Liberace was gay?!?!
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12:40AM on 01/05/2013
Why is everyone surprised that a studio would make a decision like that? Is no one familiar w/ the studio system?
Why is everyone surprised that a studio would make a decision like that? Is no one familiar w/ the studio system?
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12:07AM on 01/05/2013

There is no way that is true.

Even Milk made like 20 million.
Even Milk made like 20 million.
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11:24PM on 01/04/2013

Well based on that pic

yea, looks too gay...
yea, looks too gay...
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12:39AM on 01/05/2013
Id agree
Id agree
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