May 22, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Liberace biopic premieres this weekend
Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, HBO, Liberace, Gay News, Washington Blade

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star as Liberace and his younger lover in a new HBO film premiering this weekend. (Photo courtesy HBO)

LOS ANGELES — “Behind the Candelabra,” a new film chronicling the relationship between iconic entertainer Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson premieres Sunday on HBO.

Liberace was 40 years older than Thorson when they began their five-year relationship in 1977. Michael Douglas portrays Liberace and Matt Damon plays Thorson. The film has generated considerable buzz and media attention over the past few weeks. Director Steven Soderbergh has said he couldn’t find a major American studio willing to take on the project.

“There was a sense,” Soderbergh told NPR, “that the movie wouldn’t have any appeal outside of a gay audience, and that that audience wouldn’t be big enough to return the investment. And so we just couldn’t get anybody to do it.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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