In late 2009 I received a google alert directing me to a news article stating that Steven Soderbergh was shopping around a movie based on the life of Liberace.
Yes, I have a google alert set for “Liberace.”
You could say I’m a fan.
|I’m not saying the costumes are bad, I’m just saying they need more sequins.|
Since that google alert in 2009, following the production of this movie has reduced me to near-stalkerhood. It would be embarrassing if it wasn’t so fabulous.
First they couldn’t get anyone to pick it up because it was “too gay”, then HBO picked it up, then they cast DEBBIE “MOTHER OF TAFFETA” REYNOLDS as Liberace’s mother, thennnnn, sigh, then it got halted because Michael Douglas had cancer. However, Douglas, like a champ, recovered and came back to snog face with Matt Damon, who plays Scott Thorson – Liberace’s lover, who wrote the book that the movie is based on (I won’t ruin the story – let’s just say, it didn’t end well). Interestingly, Thorson is now jail for identity theft (unrelated to anything in the movie), but just knowing that tid-bit of perspective makes this whole thing one big undulating ball of salacious rhinestones.
Ughhhh! Why must I wait three more days?
Behind the Candelabra premiers on HBO, Sunday, May 26, 9PM Eastern.
Liberace fans, here – chomp on this interview with Soderbergh that was on NPR yesterday.
Not-Yet Liberace Fans Who Are Thinking of Watching the Movie – consider watching this clip of the real Liberace and Thorson on stage in 1981. The bubble machine above the bathtub is my favorite part.