Karen Ocamb

Liberace? Too Gay?!

Filed By Karen Ocamb | March 10, 2013 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Behind the Candelabra, Liberace, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Steven Soderbergh

Noah Michelson, the editor of Huffington Post Gay, and two of his colleagues chat about the upcoming HBO Steven Soderbergh-directed bio-pic "Behind the Candelabra," on the life of "closeted" flamboyant showman Liberace - who died of AIDS in 1987 - and his lover, chauffeur Scott Thorson. Wall Street's cunning Gordon Gekko aka Michael Douglas and spy EW-Liberace.jpgJason Bourne aka Matt Damon play Liberace and Thorson. Both actors are "Will & Grace" alums. Michelson and company focus on a story about Damon getting his butt spray-tanned and seem to dismiss the gay sex scenes. I think the latter is more important. In the story about the film HuffPo Gay notes:

While speaking with EW, the two stars discussed what it was like filming a gay sex scene for the film. "The scene where I'm behind him and going at him, we did that in one take," Damon said. "We do it. Cut. There's a long pause. And then you just hear Steven go, 'Well... I have no notes.'"

Both actors agreed that filming a sex scene -- regardless of whom it is with -- is always awkward.....

The "Promised Land" actor [Damon] is proud of the role and the boundary-pushing film. "It's the kind of movie that if it were a man and a woman, it would feel a little too intimate and you'd feel like, 'Maybe I shouldn't be watching this,'" Damon told PopSugar. "But it's a man and a man. And I've never seen that movie before. So hopefully people will dig it."

Soderbergh has previously revealed that multiple studios weren't interested in picking up "Behind the Candelabra" because they thought it was "too gay" and they "didn't know how to sell it. They were scared."

"Too gay?" Liberace? Well, that most powerful of journalists, Edward R. Murrow (subject of his own bio-pic Good Night and Good Luck) also hosted a CBS celebrity-oriented show called "Person to Person." Murrow's interview with Liberace is a classic. It's after the break.


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