First Official Image Of Michael Douglas And Matt Damon In Behind The Candelabra

First Official Look At Matt Damon And Michael Douglas: ‘Behind The Candelabra’

The first official image from director Steven Soderbergh’s much anticipated Behind The Candelabra starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas has arrived.

The television biopic tells the story of the late entertainer Wladziu Valentino Liberace — widely known simply as Liberace — and his five-year relationship with his lover Scott Thornson.

In it, Michael Douglas plays Liberace and Matt Damon plays Thorson.

Behind The Candelabra will also trace the couple’s struggle with homophobia, their descent into tabloid acrimony, and Liberace’s battle with AIDS-related pneumonia, which resulted in his death at the age of 67 in 1987.

If anyone is expecting a camp, matinee treatment that pokes self-aware “side-eyes” at the two men, however, they will be in for a rude awakening.

Reuters reports that, when Douglas spoke at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California in January, he called Liberace and Thorson’s relationship “a great love story.”

The real life Liberace and Scott Thorson