Behind the Candelabra, based on the relationship between Scott Thorson (played by Matt Damon) and pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas), does not include an “explicit sex scene” or any nudity besides Damon’s ass, but there is a kissing scene that I assume took a good 20 minutes or more to film.
Executive producer Jerry Weintraub said the film was made to “show how we’ve grown” as a nation and how homosexuality (I feel like a conservative when I say that word) has lost some of its social stigma since 1977.
The stigma thing becomes especially apparent when we hear Michael Douglas making jokes about flavored lip gloss while Matt Damon laughs about having something in common with Sharon Stone and Glenn Close.
“I forgot it was Matt and me after about 10 minutes and then I forgot it was two guys,” Douglas told People. “But I would tease Matt about which flavor lip gloss he’d like for me to use!” …So now you know…
Matt Damon’s biggest obstacle during the love scenes was deciding between raspberry and peach.