HBO PREMIERES: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA – Emmy® Award winners Michael Douglas & Matt Damon star in the original drama film
HBO Latin America will premiere the original drama from HBO Films, Behind the Candelabra, this month in the Caribbean. Oscar® winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star in the film, which won eleven Primetime Emmy® Awards.
The drama recreates the glittering and private world of Liberace (Michael Douglas), the flamboyant, phenomenally successful entertainer whose extravagant costumes, trademark candelabra, and elaborate stage shows made him the most bankable entertainer of his time.
Featuring a pair of electrifying performances by Douglas and Damon, Behind the Candelabra captures the essence of Liberace’s appeal while reminding viewers of the different outlook of that time, when few high-profile entertainers could admit to the public that they were gay.
Having sued and won a settlement against a London newspaper for insinuating he was gay in the 1950s, Liberace maintained the illusion of heterosexuality through the 1980s, and his life with Thorson (whose book this film is based on) remained behind the scenes.
Behind the Candelabra was directed by Steven Soderbergh; screenplay by Richard LaGravenese; based on the book by Scott Thorson with Alex Thorleifson; executive produced by Jerry Weintraub; and produced by Gregory Jacobs, Susan Ekins and Michael Polaire.