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Behind the Candelabra

Premieres: May 26

Where: HBO Canada and HBO Canada On Demand

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Matt Damon was so excited about dressing up in flared pants, skin-tight swimsuits and bejewelled 1970s outfits to play Liberace’s lover, Scott Thorson, that he went on a diet because he wanted “to make the clothes fall better.” Now there’s a man who takes a part to heart.

The Steven Soderbergh– directed biopic, based on Thorson’s memoir Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace, stars Michael Douglas as the candelabra-wielding showbiz legend who tinkled those ivories with enough outlandish finger jewellery to sink a battleship.

Mr. Showmanship denied being gay to the bitter end, but his flamboyant feathered capes, furs, boas and sequins certainly spoke for themselves (not to mention the purple hair and mascara). Accusations of homosexuality upset the so-called “housewives’ heartthrob” so much that he cried himself all the way to the bank (by his own admission).

Get ready for more glitz, glitter, bling and super- spangled fabulousness than you can possibly poke a candlestick at.

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