Michael Douglas and Matt Damon tell the story of Liberace at the Cannes film festival with their new movie Behind the Candelabra.
Academy Award® winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star in HBO Films’ BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Emmy®-‐‑winning producer Jerry Weintraub is the producer of the film, which is directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Soderbergh from a script by Oscar® nominee Richard LaGravenese and executive produced by Gregory Jacobs, Susan Ekins and Michael Polaire. Music for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA was adapted by the late Marvin Hamlisch.
Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee Dan Aykroyd (“The Blues Brothers,” “Driving Miss Daisy”), Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Scott Bakula (“Men of a Certain Age,” “The Informant!”), SAG Award winner and multiple Golden Globe nominee Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation,” “The West Wing”), Tom Papa (“The Informant!,” “Analyze That”), multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee Paul Reiser (“The Things About My Folks,” “Mad About You”) and Oscar®, Golden Globe and Emmy® nominee Debbie Reynolds (“Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”) co-‐‑star.
Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-‐‑renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-‐‑year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-‐‑year love affair. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA takes a behind-‐‑the-‐‑scenes look at their tempestuous relationship – from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-‐‑up.
Segment Producer: Azia Celestino