Michael Douglas on Playing Liberace in HBO’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’

Michael-Douglas-liberaceA biopic on the life of flamboyant entertainer Liberace has been in the works for some time, with Michael Douglas attached to play the lead.  The biopic, titled Behind the Candelabra and based on the book by Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson, is finally set to air on HBO in the spring.  In the movie Matt Damon plays Thorson, and during a press event at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour with Douglas and Damon Douglas talked about the challenge of playing such a well-known entertainer. 

To Douglas, it was important to know he wasn’t just doing a cheap imitation.  He explains, “There’s a tremendous amount of clips and films that certainly give you a sense, an idea [of Liberace].  It’s basically a repetition process of looking at a lot of stuff and finding that balance between knowing you’re not an impersonator, you’re not going to be exactly like Liberace, and trying to find the balance that makes you comfortable, that makes you secure and makes myself attractive to Matt.”

I love how making himself “attractive to Matt” was a major part of the job!

via Yahoo! News

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