Matt Damon & Michael Douglas hide Behind the Candelabra (2013)
It is quite disturbing to see someone known for tough guy roles to pay a gay person yet a straight man pulling off a truly gay persona is worthy of praise.
In Steven Soderberg’s 2013 black comedy drama, Behind the Candelabra, Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Michael Douglas give reverting performances retelling the final years of the life of American vocalist and pianist, Liberace.
Damon plays the young Scott Thorson who meets the captivating Liberace (Michael Douglas) in 1977 and the pair hit off immediately, starting a secret affair that would see promises made and broken, life changed and hearts broken.
The film is adapted from Thorson’s memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace and tackles the issue of sexuality right by the balls.
Thorson admits being gay and is readily accepted by his adoptive parents. Yet his lover, Liberace, is forced to conceal his sexuality from the public, fearing rejection. However, he openly surrounds himself with people who share his sexual orientation and appetite.
The portrayal of Liberace is more or less like a sexual deviant. His sexual desires seem unquenchable and when he finds another young toy boy, Thorson gets quickly and methodically thrown out. However, Thorson doesn’t go without a fight.
The performances by Damon and Douglas are funny, riveting and at times disgusting. Yet it brings out truly gay characters onto the screen.
For those who lack the stomach to see Damon and Douglas smooch and cuddle on the screen, then please do not watch this. However, if you wish to the actors truly diversify their acting portfolios then you wouldn’t want to miss this.