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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