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HBO's Liberace film aims to humanise through love story

Published on Jan 5, 2013 11:38 AM
Actors Michael Douglas (left) and Matt Damon (right) take part in a panel discussion of HBO's Behind The Candelabra during the 2013 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California, on Jan 4, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PASADENA, California (REUTERS) - Michael Douglas takes on larger-than-life entertainer Liberace as he plays the singer in an HBO film about a secret love affair in the 1970s that Douglas on Friday called "a great love story".

Director Steven Soderbergh said he chose to tell Liberace's story through the lens of his romance with Scott Thorson - a young man who walked into the singer's Las Vegas dressing room in the summer of 1977 - in part to expand public perception beyond his outsized personality and lavish lifestyle.

"I was very anxious that we not make a caricature of either of their characters or the relationship," Soderbergh told reporters at a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

"The discussions they're having are discussions every couple has. We take the relationship very seriously," he said.

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