HBO has always been known for its steamy onscreen content. Whether it's filthy vampire-on-human action, a show entirely focused on the implied length and girth of a male gigolo's personal anatomy, or a documentary that explores fringe carnal desires such as, ahem, "pony play," the Home Box Office network rarely shies away from adult material.
Which is why I am so incredibly excited to hear about Behind the Candelabra—a new HBO movie that finally brings together two actors so many of us have been dying to see get it on. It's time for Eric and Sookie to step aside as cable's hottest couple, because they pale in comparison to the smoldering chemistry that's sure to light up the screen with these two.
I am, of course, talking about Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.
HBO has confirmed that they will be airing a long-awaited biopic about Liberace, and the film will be directed by Steven Soderbergh. Scheduled to begin production next summer, Behind the Candelabra will focus on the legendary pianist and his relationship with his younger live-in lover—which was both tempestuous and dangerous, since coming out at that time would surely have jeopardized Liberace's career.
Liberace will be played by Michael Douglas, and in a casting choice I can only describe as sheer genius, his lover Scott Thorson will be played by Matt Damon.
The two Hollywood heavyweights are scheduled to share some intimate moments, although I'm disappointed to report their physical affections will likely be limited to kissing. Still, Damon seems raring at the chance to lock lips with his costar:
It's scripted that there's more than one. I never thought I would get to kiss Michael Douglas.
While both actors have worked with Soderberg before (Douglas was in Traffic, while Damon starred in the Ocean’s films, The Informant, and Contagion), this is the first time they've been been in the same film together. Which I'm sure will make that first kiss all the hotter! Just imagine, all these years of pent-up desire, finally exploding onscreen in a glittery spray of sparkly costumes and sequined pianos.
The movie, which is based on Thorson's book Behind the Candelabra: My Life, has been in the works since 2009, so I'm sure everyone is excited to ... you know, make it happen (nudge nudge, wink wink). I know I'm awfully interested to see how Douglas does as a wildly flamboyant entertainer, and how Damon comes across as his lover. Considering Thorson was 17 years old when he first met Liberace in 1976, I imagine these roles will require a fair amount of stage presence—and stage makeup.
What do you think of the casting for this biopic? Can you see Michael Douglas as Liberace? (Or Matt Damon as his boyfriend?)