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Michael Douglas and Matt Damon to Play Lovers in Liberace Biopic


A year ago I posted about plans for a Liberace biopic directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Michael Douglas as the ivory-tickler. Now, there are rumblings that Matt Damon has been cast as Liberace's lover Scott Thorson.

SunMedia reports: Damon "Douglas confirms the duo will team for a Liberace biopic helmed by Steven Soderbergh, who co-produced Douglas’s latest, Solitary Man, and directed Damon in Friday’s whistleblower comedy The Informant! Douglas will portray the flamboyant piano-playing entertainer while Damon will play Scott Thorson, who sued Liberace for palimony even though the superstar insisted he wasn’t gay.  'Matt’s going to be my young lover,' Douglas tells Sun Media. 'Why not? God bless Matt. Hey, it’s easy for me - he’s in his prime. I said to him, ‘Matt, I love you, man. Boy, that Bourne (series) must really be going strong.’ But good for him. He’s right taking chances. All those young guys - (George) Clooney - they’re taking risks … It’s smart trying to mix it up a bit and maintain those franchises and still get to do a picture that turns you on.'"

Why do I have the sinking feeling we're in for a plethora of "icky gay kiss" jokes in the months to come?

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  1. There was also a very good (and overly sympathetic) TV movie made about the big Lib. His boyfriend's story would tend to balance it out perhaps. Michael Douglas just doesn't do flamboyant, so maybe this is a joke of some kind?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 15, 2009 12:19:24 AM

  2. While I don't really see the need for yet another version of Liberace's life, I do recall that Michael Douglas can play gay (for comedy anyway), as he did on Will and Grace. As Liberace, I think he is just creepy, and looks like his father in drag!

    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Sep 15, 2009 3:41:56 AM

  3. This smells of direct-to-DVD. Douglas' production company must be doing this film, hence casting M.D. in a role he clearly is unfit for & Robin Williams would slay in.
    How envious of Douglas is Geo. Clooney, I wonder.

    Posted by: hadassah weinreb | Sep 15, 2009 5:54:14 AM

  4. I think that coat was made by Dennis Basso, which is very appropiate.

    Posted by: JEFF | Sep 15, 2009 10:58:03 AM

  5. I respectfully disagree with Bill's suggestion that we should cast openly gay actors in gay roles. Leaving aside the fact that a lot of gay actors decline gay roles so as to avoid getting type-cast, my main objection is that on the flip side, that means we also shouldn't cast openly gay actors in straight roles. There simply aren't enough gay roles for the gay actors, even if we add in nonsexualized character roles (e.g., Ian McKellen as Gandalf).

    Posted by: Grey | Sep 15, 2009 3:07:02 PM

  6. I should clarify my first sentence: "I respectfully disagree with Bill's suggestion that we should cast openly gay actors in gay roles." I meant that we shouldn't ONLY cast gay actors in gay roles (so as to avoid having to ONLY cast straight actors in straight roles). Of course if a gay actor goes out for such a role, they should also be considered.

    Posted by: Grey | Sep 15, 2009 3:10:26 PM

  7. recast douglas

    Posted by: fred | Sep 15, 2009 10:32:42 PM

  8. matt damon has actually ALREADY started in with how much of a 'challenge' this role is going to be and how 'awkward' the kissing scenes will be to shoot.. just in case anyone might mistake him for ACTUALLY being gay (god forbid).. so much for being too 'grown-up' for that silliness..

    Posted by: blueboy | Sep 16, 2009 7:48:09 AM

  9. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Kept my interest and was easy to understand. Good Job!

    Posted by: Ronald Hanson | May 2, 2010 2:29:22 AM

  10. Robin Williams as Seymour Heller,Liberace's manager?
    Gary Sinise as George,Liberace's brother?
    Kathy Bates as Frances,Liberace's mother?
    Kirk Douglas as Salvatore,Liberace's father?
    WHY THE HELL NOT? !!!!!
    Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley?
    I almost thought he WAS Elvis? !!!!!
    Matt Damon as Scott Thorson?
    Matt could do"The Elton John Story" if he wanted to !!!!!
    Michael Douglas as Liberace?
    Michael+ allthe above= +++Oscar$!!!!!

    Posted by: Richard Choffe | Jun 20, 2010 10:06:40 AM

  11. Imagine:....................
    A shirtless MATTADORE, Scott,
    poolside, by moonlight,
    twirling a red silk shirt,
    around his motorcycle-helmet-for-bull,
    doing a mock ballet'
    to Liberace's playing Malaguena.

    Posted by: Richard Choffe | Jun 20, 2010 10:18:47 AM

  12. How to go from Gordon to Glitter Man !.....

    Michael Douglas is Liberace !!!!!
    Hugh Jackman as the very young Liberace ?
    Robbin Williams as Seymour Heller, Liberace's manager ?
    Gary Sinise as George, Liberace's brother ?
    Kathy Bates as Frances, Liberace's mother ?
    Kirk Douglas as Salvatore, Liberaces father?
    Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley ?
    Scott Thorson is as Matt Damon !!!!!

    Posted by: Richard Choffe | Jun 26, 2010 11:07:19 AM

  13. Imagine..........
    A shirtless MattAdore,poolside by moonlight,
    twirling a red silk shirt around
    his motorcycle helmet-for-bull,
    doing a mock ballet.......
    to Liberace playing Malaguena!!!

    Posted by: Richie D Lirious | Dec 16, 2010 9:35:07 AM

  14. Imagine...........
    A shirtless Matt-Adore...
    poolside by moonlight...
    twirling a red silk shirt...around
    his motorcycle helmet-for-bull...
    doing a mock
    Liberace playing Malaguena !!!

    Posted by: Kojack | Jan 4, 2011 11:38:47 AM

  15. Imagine............
    A shirtless Matt-adore...
    poolside by moonlight...
    twirling a red silk shirt...around
    his motorcycle helmet-for-bull...
    doing a mock
    Liberace playing Malaguena !!!

    Posted by: Kojack | Jan 6, 2011 8:36:31 PM

  16. Flamenco Tanka....
    Shirtless Matt-adore,
    Whirl your bike helmet-for-bull,
    Twirl your red silk shirt,
    Pool-side by moonlight, ballet,
    Lee key-dance Malaguena !

    Posted by: Kojacque | Jun 7, 2011 8:54:03 AM

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