Actor Michael Douglas has called Matt
Damon “clever” for suggesting he'll really be kissing Douglas'
wife Catherine Zeta-Jones when the pair lock lips in the upcoming
The 66-year-old Douglas is preparing to
play flamboyant pianist Liberace opposite Damon, who'll play the part
of Scott Thorson, Liberace's alleged lover.
Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh
will direct the film based on a script by Richard LaGravenese, which
is based on Thorson's book Behind the Candelabra (My Life With
In an appearance on ABC's The View,
Douglas said filming would begin in the fall and applauded Damon for
to PEOPLE.COM that the pair wouldn't actually be kissing each
“Matt was so clever,” Douglas told
the show's female co-hosts. “Matt said, 'Listen this is the way I
look at it. When I kiss Michael Douglas – its algebra – I'm
kissing Michael Douglas and I'm going through him and I'm kissing his
Barbara Walters remarked: “I would
have let you practice with me.”
Already filming is the Clint
Eastwood-directed J. Edgar, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as his alleged lover.
Dustin Lance Black recently promised a 'tender' kiss for the