|Michael Douglas as Liberace|
The story follows Thorson's ascend (or descend, depending on your viewpoint) from a young and rather naive countryboy into Liberace's world of excess, flamboyance and lots of fur.
|Liberace in 1974|
However, since there isn't such thing as a free lunch (I know I'm being a bit cynical here), Thorson became Liberace's lover despite their difference in age. Nevertheless, it is obvious that their relationship is not a relationship of equals, as Thorson soon seems to become a little more than a pet for Liberace. Among other things, he goes through cosmetic surgery to look more like a young Liberace, and takes diet pills to lose weight. At this point, I should point out that Dr. Startz, the doctor responsible for Scott's transformation, is played by Rob Lowe (think Parks and Recreation), which also got me excited. Although I almost didn't recognize him with all the fake face lifting.
Anyway, as you've probably predicted their relationship goes sour when promiscuous Liberace find his next toy boy but Scott is not ready for the transition back to a glitter-less and coke-free life.
The film is based on Thorson's memoir Behind the Candelabra: My life with Liberace (1988), and is directed by Steven Soderbergh (think Side Effects, Ocean's Eleven) who unfortunately stated that this would be his last film for the time being. Liberace and Thorson were portrayed brilliantly by Douglas and Damon respectively, the costumes were as flamboyant and extravagant as it goes (at one point Damon had glitter in his hair), and has been nominated for 14 Primetime Emmys - HBO aired it before it hit the cinemas.
You should watch it.