‘Behind The Candelabra’ 5 Best Moments: Liberace’s Hot Sex & More

Sun, May 26, 2013 10:45pm EDT by 16 Comments
Behind The Candelabra Review
Courtesy Of HBO

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are incredible in this biopic of the iconic performer — check out five reasons this HBO production is one of the best made-for-TV movies ever!

Behind The Candelabra was the cable event of the year, and it absolutely did not disappoint. Michael Douglas stars as the flamboyant entertainer Liberace, and Matt Damon dumbs down as his secret young lover, Scott Thorson. In a movie designed to be as decadent as the subject himself, there are many moments we are totally obsessed with and have to analyze. Check out our favorite parts below, and be warned of SPOILERS AHEAD!

Liberace & Scott’s Love Scenes

Liberace had a healthy sexual appetite, and Matt and Michael pull no punches in the graphic sex scenes. Although the actors shine in emotionally tortured moments in the film’s third act, their portrayals of physical love are so brave.

Incredible Costumes & Hair

The film pays tribute to the late-’70s and early-’80s time period through an over-the-top recreation of the Vegas style. Much like Liberace himself, the rhinestone-studded outfits and feathered coifs absolutely DEMAND your attention.

Rob Lowe’s Magical Face

The Parks and Recreation star is hilarious as Liberace’s seedy plastic surgeon, Dr. Jack Startz. Jack’s role becomes increasingly sinister as he gets Scott hooked on drugs, but we just can’t stop staring at his lovely mug:

The Spellbinding Musical Numbers

Although his personal life was a mess, Liberace was undoubtedly a gifted pianist and entertainer. It was great to get glimpses into his onstage spectacles, and Michael once again showed his gifts by making the concert scenes come to life.

Liberace’s Final Act

Several years after his relationship with Scott imploded, Liberace died of AIDS-related complications — but not before bringing Scott back to his mansion to visit one last time. Looking painfully thin, Michael’s rapport with Matt showcases some of their finest acting. Love, loss and anger are rarely portrayed with such honesty, and it’s a sobering end to an otherwise rollicking production.

What was YOUR favorite part of Behind The Candelabra, HollywoodLifers?

– William Earl

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janet

Posted at 6:21 PM on May 27, 2013  

The woman who played Liberace’s mother (almost unrecognizable) with the prosthetic nose was Debbie Reynolds!

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mrs.bugaboo

Posted at 5:58 PM on May 27, 2013  

It was incredible! Mike Douglas was so right on. Matt Damon was ooooola la.
This was so great. Even the woman who played Liberaces mom was so beleivable.
The music, the costumes,the homes,it was so realistic.

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janet

Posted at 6:23 PM on May 27, 2013  

The woman who played Liberace’s mother wearing a prosthetic nose was none other than Debbie Reynolds.

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lucy

Posted at 5:02 PM on May 27, 2013  

i saw it.. i did not LOVE it, but it was ok.. Douglas’s piano playing was amazing unless that was cgi, and both he and damon when they were playing a serious scene, were very good.

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captain tightpants

Posted at 10:14 AM on May 27, 2013  

I am so sick of hearing how “brave” male actors are if they play gay. Male actors who play a gay role are not brave or courageous but those that refuse to do it are absolute cowards and bigots.

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kwumey

Posted at 12:12 PM on May 27, 2013  

so if a str8 person feels VIOLATED being in a GAY SEX scene then they are cowards and bigots??!! see this is what makes people not RESPECT you

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Divine Grace

Posted at 2:41 PM on May 27, 2013  

If a str8 person feels VIOLATED being in a GAY SEX,scene, then yes…they are a coward and a bigot. Why? Because it’s a SCENE! If you are on a set and you are internalizing MAKE-BELIEVE and PRETEND, then you obviously have some deep-seated issues to work out with your sexuality, and I probably do not RESPECT you either.

 
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OneMadWoman

Posted at 10:11 AM on May 27, 2013  

One of the worst movies EVER!! Two hours I’ll never get back ………

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Susan

Posted at 4:27 PM on May 27, 2013  

OMG…I agree totally….it was SO bad….honestly the worst movie I have ever seen that took itself seriously!

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Marymary

Posted at 8:05 AM on May 27, 2013  

You forgot to mention Matt Damon’s glitter splashed thing – now THAT was fantastic! And the multiple butt shots… Saweeeet! Thank you, Steven Soderbergh. Screen caps await!

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marymary

Posted at 8:08 AM on May 27, 2013  

Ha, ha, that was supposed to say “thong” (silly autocorrect). Unfortunately we didn’t actually see his ‘thing’ :-)

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E.

Posted at 4:14 AM on May 27, 2013  

Abe I just want to salute you. Indeed you are a true patriot and are standing up for the core American principals this country was founded upon. With your illiteracy and bigotry, you truelly (truly) are changing the course of this country. I’ll stand with you arm in arm whilst you practice the ignorance and intolerance that makes us a shining beacon to the rest of the world. Heck, practice your 2nd amendment rights, and shoot yourself in the face because no goddamned person should stop you.

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A Denise Moore

Posted at 1:01 AM on May 27, 2013  

I have two favs! 1st, LIberace is giving Scott a tour and he gets to his costumes and says “I’d let you try it on it your weren’t so fat.” HILAR! FLIRTY! 2…epic fights and the scene where Scott tells Liberace that Polly died. ..

and yes the Rob Lowe scene was HILAR…especially when he’s sooo freakin’ high or his face was too tight or both….but then again, everyone was high during the 70’s..

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Ed

Posted at 2:20 AM on May 27, 2013  

Actually, he didn’t say he was too fat, he said he was too big. He was flirting with him by complimenting him on his muscular physique. Damon’s character didn’t put on weight until later.

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mrs.bugaboo

Posted at 6:01 PM on May 27, 2013  

Who is Polly? Matt Damons foster mom’s name was Rose.

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incaunipocrit

Posted at 11:57 PM on May 26, 2013  

Reblogged this on The Blogspaper.

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