MICHAEL DOUGLAS AND MATT DAMON DONE UP AS LIBERACE AND HIS GAY BOYFRIEND

This is the first peek we’ve had of Michael Douglas dolled up in 1970’s polyester finery and bewigged as Liberace along with Matt Damon as his gay lover Scott Thorson for their HBO movie “Behind The Candelabra.” After Liberace dumped him, Scott sued the flamboyant singer for palimony in 1982 and wrote the book that revealed Liberace’s not so secret sexuality. During their relationship, Liberace paid for Scott to have plastic surgery to look more like him – he enjoyed pretending Scott was his son. Matt makes a rather fetching pretty boy – in the scene above the two are shopping for a new car. The photo below is the real Liberace and Cher in character as Laverne.

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16 thoughts on “MICHAEL DOUGLAS AND MATT DAMON DONE UP AS LIBERACE AND HIS GAY BOYFRIEND

  1. At first glance, Michael Douglas looks like Elvis. Regardless of Liberace’s gender preference, he was a great performer & an amazing pianist. Never understood why boyfriend would get plastic surgery to resemble him, go figure.

  2. HIS GAY BOYFRIEND?

    Hi Janet… Love reading your column and hope all is well with you, but isn’t calling a man’s boyfriend ‘gay’ redundant?

  3. Love that photo with Cher as LaVern from her Sonny & Cher Show days. Memories..

  4. Lib was a talented pianist. He had a marvelous gift that entertained and made people very happy.

    I hope they don’t destroy the memory of his accmplishments but rather treat his life with respect and dignity.

  5. Douglas looks more like a poor imitation of Roy Orbison.

  6. Instead of CHER I thought its Lady Gaga next to him and asked myself how the hell….

  7. Yes, Douglas does look like a cross between Elvis’s hair and Roy Orbison. lol

    I can only imagine how the swarmy Thorson has bragged about Damon protraying him in the tv movie. Remember Thorson filed a 113 millon dollar lawsuit (palimony) against Liberace in 82′. He ended up with 95,000, two cars and a couple of dogs (poor little fellows).

    In later years, Thorson lied about having a relationship with Michael Jackson. Which I have no doubt never ever ever happened. Thorson being too old (my opinion).

  8. So Liberace had “incestuous fantasies” according to your article…sick.

  9. I never liked Michael D. or Matt D….and now I Really don’t like them.

    Give this movie a D-minus.

  10. flaming lakes o fire ladies and gentlemen, lakes o fire !!!

  11. I maybe wrong here (wouldn’t be the first time) but I think the reason that Liberace wanted his lover to look like him (and have the surgeries) was because he wanted people to think and/or speculate that Scott was his son and therefore, people wouldn’t question why he (Liberace) was so close to the young (at that time) Thorson (having him in the shows, dining out and traveling with him…etc.).

  12. I met Liberace several times in Beverly Hills and one could never tell what he really looked like because he applied his makeup with a trowel. He was always gracious and charming. If only he looked like Michael Douglas! Many years ago there was a TV movie with Victor Garber as Liberace. I think he played it the best so far.

  13. @Richard Crystal
    My wife and I always enjoy anything that Garber is in. I’ll try to find that & watch it.

  14. I always loved that LaVerne Cher character. I can still hear the voice she used. (Actually, I always thought Cher was an underrated actress. She was terrific in Silkwood)

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