Matt Damon believes Liberace and Scott
Thorson were deeply in love.
Damon plays Thorson opposite Michael
Douglas as Liberace in the upcoming biopic Behind the Candelabra.
Speaking to Playboy, Damon said
the men were in a marriage “long before there was gay marriage.”
“These two men were deeply in love
and in a real relationship – a marriage – long before there was
gay marriage. That's not an insignificant thing. The script is
beautiful and relatable. Their conversations when they're dressing
or undressing or having a spat or getting ready for bed? That's
every marriage. It feels like you're witnessing something really
intimate you would normally see with a man and a woman, but instead
it's two men, which was thrilling.”
Damon added that he “did a lot of”
nudity in the film and complimented Douglas on his kissing.
“Michael was a wonderful kisser. My
concerns ended up mattering a lot less once we were filming. The
dynamic between the men was complex and interesting. Liberace was
very powerful and adored, a great showman making $50,000 a week doing
his act in Vegas. Scott was much younger and grew up in foster
homes, so there was a lot to play,” Damon