Director Says Liberace Biopic Was "Too Gay" For Studios
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.