You’d think that in a season when we’ve seen a spaghetti western about slavery, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, featuring graphic torture scenes, a fantasy adaptation and a musical adaptation, nothing would be too outlandish for Hollywood to handle. Not so apparently.
After a season full of violence and shock, one topic remains too taboo for the business - beware the gays. According to Indiewire, Steven Soderbergh’s new flick, Behind the Candelabra was “too gay” to produce. Speaking to the Television Production Association, Soderbergh revealed how much of a struggle it had been to find a home for his film, despite having two big names already on the project – Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. "Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town," Soderbergh said to The Wrap. “We needed $5 million. Nobody would do it.”
The film tracks the tragic relationship between Liberace (portrayed by Douglas) and his lover Scott Thompson (played by Matt Damon). Even so, the film is much more lighthearted than something like Brokeback Mountain, for example. So it was a shock for Soderbergh that he could not find the funding anywhere. It all ends well, though, as the film eventually found a home with HBO. According to the director, it’s for the better, since the company knows how to sell something like this. Behind the Candelabra is set to come out sometime in March.