We’re not saying that director Steven Soderbergh is becoming a queer icon but Behind The Candelabra, which follows closely on the heels of eye-candy flick Magic Mike, is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated picture of 2013.
The movie depicts famed showman Liberace’s late-’70s love affair with blond muse Scott Thorson, 39 years his junior. It’s actually based on the memoir of the same name by Thorson.
Casting Michael Douglas as Lee and Matt Damon as his, er, somewhat younger lover, Soderbergh is focusing on the years prior to Liberace’s death due to complications from AIDS. According to the Daily Mail, Candelabra also stars Dan Ackroyd as Liberace’s manager, Rob Lowe as the plastic surgeon hired to remold Thorson into a spitting image of his older flame, and Debbie Reynolds as Liberace’s mother.
And the Daily News is reporting Soderbergh won’t be whitewashing the men’s physical relationship:. “The biopic won’t shy away from tender moments between the two lovers.”
The affair, which pushed the phrase “sugar daddy” off the glucose charts, was a deeply troubled one: Liberace had a voracious sexual appetite which mirrored his over-the-top lifestyle, while Thorson was a drug addict who contracted Hepatitis C. As the story goes, Thorson sued Liberace for $113 million in a headline-grabbing palimony suit. (He later settled for $95,000 when it became clear Mr. Showmanship was in grave health.)
Hopefully the film will be a smash and spark a Liberace revival as a new generation meets the man who gave “flamboyance” meaning long before there was Elton John or Lady Gaga.
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