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Matt Damon and Michael Douglas to Star in Steven Soderbergh's Liberace Biopic

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Steven Soderbergh will be directing a biopic of the late pianist and entertainer, Liberace, which will be released in 2011. Not surprisingly, Soderbergh has attracted some pretty impressive talent to star in the film. Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will star, with Douglas playing Liberace and Damon playing, presumably, Scott Thorson, Liberace's bodyguard, driver, and alleged live-in boyfriend.

The film will center around Thorson's 1982 palimony lawsuit against Liberace, in which he publicly outed the musician as homosexual. This news apparently shocked the world and Liberace fiercely denied that he was gay and that he and Thorson had had anything but a professional relationship.

I was 4 years old when the lawsuit hit the news so I was obviously oblivious to any ensuing shitstorms. But I can't help but chuckle at the thought of people being shocked at the revelation that Liberace may have been gay. I mean, seriously:

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Not that we can or should ascertain anyone's sexual preferences based on their clothes and certainly Liberace built a huge career and an enormous fortune at a time when homosexuality was far more demonized than it is today. He had a lot to lose. I'm just saying, shock seems like an odd reaction.

Anyway, despite not caring much about Liberace, I'm pretty excited for this movie. Soderbergh is one of those directors I always forget that I really like, but honestly I'm almost always impressed with his work and his ability to make artsy movies appeal to the mainstream and mainstream movies appeal to the artsy crowd. Plus, he and Matt Damon work extremely well together and you can't really go wrong with Michael Douglas.

(Total aside: when looking up Michael Douglas on IMDb, I was a little surprised/concerned to see that Wall Street 2 is in the works. Impressive cast and all but...seriously?)







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BaltimoreGal

I just don't see Michael Douglas. Nathan Lane!!!

ms martyr

One of my mother's friends used to take us to see the Liberace Christmas show at the Shriner's (Hall? Theatre? Can't remember) He was quite the entertainer.

His persona is just too easy to parody and I'm afraid this is just going to be sad. Time will tell.




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