Michael Douglas talks about kissing Matt Damon

Michael Douglas has talked about his passionate kiss with Matt Damon in his new film, ‘Behind The Candelabra’, about flamboyant entertainer, Liberace.

The pair portray two gay lovers in the film which involves multiple love scenes, which and Michael admitted that he and Matt ‘didn’t rehearse’ for.

The actor, who has won four Golden Globes and two Oscars to date, played the role of Liberace himself, a famous pianist and vocalist.

Matt Damon plays his lover, Scott Thorson, in the film directed by  Steven Soderbergh and based on Thorson’s 1998 memoir, Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.

Douglas took it all in his stride, stating simply that ‘Liberace loved sex…and I didn’t have a problem with that.’

Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover in Behind The Candelabra

Though he described the intimate scenes as comfortable, both he and Damon have previously revealed that the numerous sex scenes were ‘awkward’.

‘The scene where I’m behind him and going at him, we did that in one take,” recalled co-star Damon in an interview last year, laughing. ‘We do it. Cut. There’s a long pause. And then you just hear Steven go, ‘Well… I have no notes.”

Douglas said: ‘Matt and I didn’t rehearse the love scenes. We said, ‘Well – we’ve read the script, haven’t we?’

On the topic of the love scenes, he went on to reveal that ‘the hardest thing … is that everybody is a judge,’

Douglas explained that ‘everyone has had sex and probably this morning, which means everyone has an opinion on how it should be done.’
Love scenes aside, the film posed other new and somewhat lighthearted challenges for the veteran actor.

‘I was the girl on this movie! The hair and makeup for Liberace took two and a half hours,’ Douglas said.

‘I’ve never done elaborate hair and makeup before. Up until now, my entire career has been contemporary.’

Michael Douglas is Liberace in Behind The Candelabra
Douglas revealed that he ‘had a strong memory of Liberace’, adding that ‘I met him once with my father in Palm Springs… but what I mostly remember is Lee’s (Liberace’s nickname) TV show’

Douglas and co-star Damon previously said biopic Behind the Candelabra was almost scrapped after it was branded too explicit.

by Helena Bryanlith


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