02:20 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 07/31/2012 04:20PM
One of the sunniest entertainers ever to come along, flamboyant pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace – known simply as Liberace – may have had a dark side, but he kept it carefully concealed from his public.
That is bound to change next year when HBO airs the movie Behind the Candelabra, now filming with a cast-against-type Michael Douglas as the gilded showman and Matt Damon as his much-younger lover, Scott Thorson – who exposed his life with Lee in a tell-all book and also sued for $113 million in palimony.
"He thought his personal life was nobody's business," the real-life Thorson told PEOPLE in 1987, when Liberace, 67, died from AIDS.
Originally posted 03/27/2011 12:55PM
He's done the math, and Matt Damon sees hidden benefits to kissing Michael Douglas in their upcoming biopic about the late, flamboyant pianist, Liberace.
"I never thought I would get to kiss Michael Douglas," Damon, who will play the boyfriend of Douglas's Liberace, told PEOPLE Tuesday at the premiere of a different film, the documentary His Way, in Los Angeles.
"I kind of think of it in algebra terms, back to my high-school days," added Damon. "It's like the transitive property – by kissing Michael Douglas, I am making out with Catherine."
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