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DIRECTOR SAYS LIBERACE BIOPIC WAS “TOO GAY” FOR STUDIOS

January 7, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Steven Soderbergh

Despite being directed by an Oscar winner and starring two other Oscar winners, Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s drama about flamboyant pianist/entertainer Liberace, received a pass from every major studio, Soderbergh told TheWrap.com. The film, which cost just $5 million to produce and stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his longtime lover Scott Thorson, will wind up on the HBO pay-TV channel. The studios, said Soderbergh, “said it was too gay. Everybody. This was after [the success of] Brokeback Mountain, by the way. … I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.” He added, “Studios were going: ‘We don’t know how to sell it.’ They were scared.” In the end, however, he was gratified by HBO’s decision to finance the film. “Ultimately, I think more people will see it,” he said, “and that’s all you care about.”