January 7, 2013 | by Phil Reese
Studios said Liberace biopic ‘too gay’ for theaters
Matt Damon, gay news, Washington Blade

Matt Damon, who will play the longtime lover of flamboyant musician Liberace, played by Michael Douglas. (Photo by Miguel Angel Azua Garcia via wikimedia commons)

According to the Academy Award winning director of the upcoming Liberace biopic, “Behind the Candelabra,” Hollywood still isn’t ready for this kind of love story.

Discussing the film with the New York Post Friday, Steven Soderbergh said that though he intended the film about the flamboyant musician played by Michael Douglas and his longtime lover, played by Matt Damon for theatrical release, it will be released on cable network HBO instead because studios were hesitant to take on the project.

“Nobody would make it,” Soderbergh told The Post. “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.”

 

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