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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Matt Damon and Michael Douglas promise the new Liberace biopic won't portray the pianist as a caricature, which means they're completely missing the whole point of Liberace   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 23
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2013-01-05 08:27:21 AM  
This man, a caricature?

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I think not!
 
2013-01-05 08:50:50 AM  
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2013-01-05 08:55:38 AM  
I love the old Tonight Show clips with Johnny asking Liberace if there's a "special lady" in his life. It's amazing to think Americans lived in a world, not that long ago, where you had to pointedly pretend Liberace wasn't gay.
 
2013-01-05 09:53:16 AM  
The only Liberace biopic I need.
 
2013-01-05 09:54:28 AM  
Too bad Elton John looks like Yoda now. He would have been perfect for the part.
 
2013-01-05 10:04:26 AM  
What are those two jokers doing with the film? John Waters should be making this film.
 
2013-01-05 10:25:32 AM  
While we all know that Liberace was a gay man, what many don't know is that the "flaming homosexual" that he played on stage and screes was all an act to keep his older female fans happy. According to much of what I've read, he was really a pretty rough and tumble guy...chugged beer, watched sports...you know...guy stuff.
 
2013-01-05 10:35:47 AM  

Sybarite: I love the old Tonight Show clips with Johnny asking Liberace if there's a "special lady" in his life. It's amazing to think Americans lived in a world, not that long ago, where you had to pointedly pretend Liberace wasn't gay.


Well he did sue the Daily Mirror for implying he was homosexual (and won)·
 
2013-01-05 10:35:52 AM  

Old Coot: While we all know that Liberace was a gay man, what many don't know is that the "flaming homosexual" that he played on stage and screes was all an act to keep his older female fans happy. According to much of what I've read, he was really a pretty rough and tumble guy...chugged beer, watched sports...you know...guy stuff.


It's a sad truth that gay men can get more chicks than straight guys. I know a few gay guys and they all have smoking hot women friends that would probably sleep with them in an instant if the guy wanted too. I have a penis and a job. I'm no George Clooney but I'm no John Merrick either. I may not be as fashion conscious but really, you're naked anyway. It's a paradox.
 
2013-01-05 10:38:25 AM  

Old Coot: While we all know that Liberace was a gay man, what many don't know is that the "flaming homosexual" that he played on stage and screes was all an act to keep his older female fans happy. According to much of what I've read, he was really a pretty rough and tumble guy...chugged beer, watched sports...you know...guy stuff.


I bet he and Paul Lynde sounded like a couple of lumberjacks when they went out on the town.
 
2013-01-05 10:58:43 AM  

Old Coot: While we all know that Liberace was a gay man, what many don't know is that the "flaming homosexual" that he played on stage and screes was all an act to keep his older female fans happy. According to much of what I've read, he was really a pretty rough and tumble guy...chugged beer, watched sports...you know...guy stuff.


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One never knows, does one...
 
2013-01-05 11:45:53 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: The only Liberace biopic I need.


Wow, '81? I'm surprised Liberace didn't sue them at the time considering how massively in denial the guy was (not that his sexuality was really anyone's business).
 
2013-01-05 11:51:10 AM  
i278.photobucket.com

Why does a print beer advertisement have a T.V. show promo in it? Did Blatz sponsor "Amos 'N' Andy"?

not THAT old
 
2013-01-05 12:17:48 PM  

ZMugg: [i278.photobucket.com image 785x1024]

Why does a print beer advertisement have a T.V. show promo in it? Did Blatz sponsor "Amos 'N' Andy"?


They did, yeah.
 
2013-01-05 01:40:43 PM  
Yeah, and I can't believe Liberace was gay. I mean, women loved him. I didn't see that one coming.
 
2013-01-05 04:36:43 PM  
Liberace was hysterical on the Smothers Brothers show, yeah, I'm old
 
2013-01-05 04:54:57 PM  
What I want to know is why they cast Matt Damon, who's in his 40s, to play a guy who was something like 21 or 22 when he and Liberace broke up. Was it to avoid skeeving out the audience too much? It would have been more historically accurate to cast someone like Zack Efron, though even he's too old.
 
2013-01-05 06:59:50 PM  

rynthetyn: What I want to know is why they cast Matt Damon, who's in his 40s, to play a guy who was something like 21 or 22 when he and Liberace broke up. Was it to avoid skeeving out the audience too much? It would have been more historically accurate to cast someone like Zack Efron, though even he's too old.


For that matter, why not find actors who are actually gay? It's not like that's hard to do in Hollywood. Is there a worry that gay people playing gay people would make the audience squeamish or what?
 
2013-01-05 09:33:16 PM  

MrEricSir: rynthetyn: What I want to know is why they cast Matt Damon, who's in his 40s, to play a guy who was something like 21 or 22 when he and Liberace broke up. Was it to avoid skeeving out the audience too much? It would have been more historically accurate to cast someone like Zack Efron, though even he's too old.

For that matter, why not find actors who are actually gay? It's not like that's hard to do in Hollywood. Is there a worry that gay people playing gay people would make the audience squeamish or what?


I don't think Hollywood should cast based on the sexual orientation of the actor--they should cast the best person for the role, no matter the orientation. That's an entirely different matter than casting a middle aged man to play a real life figure who was actually teenage jailbait at the time the events of the movie began.
 
2013-01-06 03:44:04 AM  
I thought he was really good in his dual role as Chandell and his evil twin brother Harry on the "Batman" TV series. Not a caricature at all.
 
2013-01-06 08:16:20 AM  

MrEricSir: rynthetyn: What I want to know is why they cast Matt Damon, who's in his 40s, to play a guy who was something like 21 or 22 when he and Liberace broke up. Was it to avoid skeeving out the audience too much? It would have been more historically accurate to cast someone like Zack Efron, though even he's too old.

For that matter, why not find actors who are actually gay? It's not like that's hard to do in Hollywood. Is there a worry that gay people playing gay people would make the audience squeamish or what?


Just because an actor is gay doesn't necessarily mean they'll be able to portray the character realistically..
 
2013-01-06 11:07:21 AM  

rynthetyn: I don't think Hollywood should cast based on the sexual orientation of the actor--they should cast the best person for the role, no matter the orientation.


Yeah, they need actors who are good at imitating whatever character they are asked to portray. I wish there was a simple verb to describe it.
 
2013-01-06 01:49:27 PM  

Fano: Old Coot: While we all know that Liberace was a gay man, what many don't know is that the "flaming homosexual" that he played on stage and screes was all an act to keep his older female fans happy. According to much of what I've read, he was really a pretty rough and tumble guy...chugged beer, watched sports...you know...guy stuff.

I bet he and Paul Lynde sounded like a couple of lumberjacks when they went out on the town.


Also, like Lumberjacks, they knew where to get the best wood.
 
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