Soderbergh: The Studios Told Me My Liberace Movie Was “Too Gay”

Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay. And this is 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.This movie is a magnet for attention. The whole package… looked [to HBO] like a slam dunk, [but] the studios didn’t know how to sell it. They were scared.”

—Director Steven Soderbergh, discussing why he brought his upcoming Liberace bio-pic, Behind The Candelabra, to HBO, at a press roundtable. Soderbergh also indicated Candleabra would be his last movie. “I have been doing it a long time—since I was very young. I can feel these things coming. I just need a complete reboot.”