Steven Soderbergh and Michael Douglas at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena California on Friday

Matt Damon Praised By Michael Douglas For Career Courage In ‘Behind The Candelabra’

Matt Damon has been given high praise by his Michael Douglas, his co-star in HBO’s highly anticipiated Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday, Douglas said:

“I don’t think I would have had the courage at that point in my career to take this on.”

The 68-year-old veteran actor called the upcoming film that revisits the life of flamboyant concert pianist Liberace and his secret relationship with his one-time live-in lover Scott Thorson “a great love story,” Reuters reports.

According to Indiewire, buzz about the Steven Soderbergh directed biopic that stars Damon as Thorson and Douglas as Liberace, is rising ahead of its Cannes Film Festival premiere before it screens on HBO.

At the same event, Soderbergh revealed that Hollywood studios unanimously rejected the project.

“They said it was too gay. Everybody,” said the director. “This was after Brokeback Mountain, by the way. Which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.”

Matt Damon Plays Scott Thorson In Behind The Candelabra