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 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.