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Thursday 22 February 2018

We could be lovers: Matt Damon and Michael Douglas to get it on in movie

Matt Damon and Michael Douglas
Matt Damon and Michael Douglas

Independent.ie reporters

IT could be billed as when Jason Bourne met Gordon Geko, but the two top Hollywood actors are to star together as lovers in a bio pic of the life of the late pianist Liberace.

HBO Films have announced they have signed Douglas to play the role of the gay icon and Damon will take on the role of his young lover Scott Thorson. The movie will tell their love story, and how the pair went to extreme lengths to cover their relationship. at a time when coming out could kill a career.

Entitled Behind the Candelabra, the TV movie is to begin shooting next summer in Las Vegas and Florida. Douglas was diagnosed two years ago with throat cancer, but was photographed recently looking healthy and told reporters: “I got it beat.”

The made-for-TV movie will explore the darker side of Liberace’s life and both actors have confirmed they are happy to play scenes of an intimate nature.

The movie is being made by Steven Soderbergh, who made Contagion starring Damon, and Traffic which starred Douglas and won four Oscars in 2000.

Jerry Weintraub, who worked on the Ocean's Eleven franchise with Soderbergh and Damon, and is behind the making of Liberace said: “I want people to see the other side of Liberace. He was Elton John and Lady Gaga before they even dreamed of it.”

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