Behind the Candelabra is best viewed from behind bars, at least that’s what Scott Thorson — Liberace’s longtime lover and the author of the book on which the movie is based — is telling himself.
According to a recent profile in The New York Times, Thorson will miss the May 26 premiere of the movie because the Washoe County Jail where he is currently an inmate doesn’t have HBO:
Mr. Thorson has been held here since February, when he was charged with burglary and identity theft, after buying about $1,300 worth of computer and cellphone merchandise using a credit card and license that weren’t his. He was arrested at the Ponderosa Hotel, where he and a man he had just met rented a room for $33.90 a night.
Thorson needs $15,000 to bail him out of jail, but his funds, much like his friends, have all dried up. He pleaded guilty to the charges against him on Wednesday and asked to enter a rehabilitation program. Thorson could face up to 30 years in prison and combined fines of $110,000.
Except that Thorson is no longer “Scott Thorson”; since entering the Witness Protection Program in 1989, he’s gone by Jess Marlow. And Jess Marlow has Scott Thorson’s old face since one of them removed the chin implant Liberace got him in a bid to remake the younger man in his image. Yeah, we’re talking that kind of creepy.
Thorson, Marlow or whatever you call him has been on and off (mostly on) drugs and in and out of jail since being unceremoniously dumped by “Mr Showmanship” in 1982. Over the years he’s shacked up with anyone who’ll have him, including a woman in Maine he lived with for 12 years. He even proposed to her, but a stolen ring with a pearl instead of a diamond was the last straw in that relationship. The first might have been Thorson’s drinking and/or homosexuality.
Back to the Marlow story — Thorson got embroiled in something along these (coke) lines in the late-80s and testified in court against his former drug dealer, Eddie Nash, whom Thorson claims put a hit on his head. The veracity of this story is debatable since Thorson eventually ended up in a homeless shelter, where he supposedly found religion. He soon found something more compelling than God’s love, however — crack — and almost lost his life after being shot three times at a Howard Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida.
Thorson now claims he’s broke from undergoing treatment for what he describes as Stage 3 colon cancer. However, he netted nearly $100,000 from the HBO deal, but that was gone in a matter of two months — blown on mostly cars and jewelry. So we guess the old adage is true: you can kick the trash out of the Beverly Hills mansion, but not the Beverly Hills mansion out of the trash. That elegance was learned and learned well.
Sounds like a real winner.
So the headline is he will be watching it from jail; the story is that he will NOT be watching it from jail. Makes sense.
I like this guy already lol & BTW Liberace was creepy and gross poor guy had to screw that only to end up screwed
I feel sorry for this man. I understand that he is responsible for his life and his behavior, but to take an teenager and put him in a world of wealth, and glamor and celebrity and then toss him out–for whatever reason–is wrong. I wish for him another chance and sobriety, love and the opportunity to live a full life out from behind bars.
Scott Thorson, is a train wreck. Liberace was a freak, made so by living in the closet. This story is not a positive story for gay people. It is a lot of what was wrong and is still wrong with gay relationships built on power/control dynamics and drug abuse. Not to say it isn’t a problem for straight people too, it is. Shame we don’t have something more positive to put out there.
I guess he peaked early.
Why does the headline of this article say Thorson will watch the movie in jail, then say he WON’T watch it in jail in the article???
If he had just been decent to Liberace and treated him with respect,and caring – Mr Thorson would have it made up to this day……sad, and pathetic outcome.
@hephaestion: Because Queerty has a serious writing problems for it’s stories. I would guess they can’t afford real writers yet. They do this all the time:-)
And I have a typo problem:-)
I was all set to feel sorry for the guy, but then hearing that somebody who had been homeless took a $100,000 payday and blew it in 2 months on cars and Jewelry just boggles the mind.
In an inexpensive area that could have paid for a house for him.
Nothing good will come from what will probably be a minstrel-y performance (however well-intended) by Douglas. Secondly, why do prisoners get HBO? I don’t have HBO.
I agree with Jim2008 and Cam, I feel sorry for the guy. But really only because he had such opportunity and blew it all. Some need jail, just to take care of them. Really too bad.
I don’t understand why Mat Damon who is 42 was cast to play a character that was 17-24 in real life. If Liberace had a sexual relationship with a 17 year old boy today he would be crucified. Why was it ok back then. This guy was completely exploited by Liberace. Willingly no doubt. But still. If they showed a real 22 year old actor slamming Michael Douglas from behind (simulated) people would get the real picture.
If Liberace cared anything at all for this young man, he would have never spoiled him rotten and treated him as a trophy “boy toy”. Instead he should have made attempts to help Scott develop at least a minimal level of maturity so this would not happen. If you actually love someone that’s younger (chronologically or emotionally) than yourself, if you really love this person, you would want that person to be the best that he/she can be in life. In this you wouldn’t just think selfishly of your own personal interests, you would also think of his. Disney has made the same mistake with Justin Bieber. In both cases, disaster is the result.
@JimboinLA: Not that long ago, the age of consent was 16 hence all the “Sweet 16” songs of days gone by. But then again, people had more sense and maturity back then.
@JimboinLA: Exploitation is exploitation. Whether it is this situation, or the situation that Disney created with Justin Bieber or especially child beauty pageants, If money is involved on a large scale, for some strange reason society excuses (wink wink) this UN-excuseable.
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