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Behind The Candelabra - EW cover
  • Matt and Michael Douglas are in character on the cover of the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly promoting Behind the Candelabra. Highlights from the interview and tweets from Debbie Reynolds are below:

    Yes, that really is Michael Douglas and Matt Damon under the prosthetic makeup, wigs, and crystal-trimmed suits — all part of their costumes for Behind the Candelabra, the new Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO movie (airing May 26) about the stranger-than-fiction romance between Liberace (Douglas) and his young lover, Scott Thorson (Damon) from 1978 to 1982. In this week’s issue, Damon and Douglas give a frank, funny interview about filming one of the weirdest, glitziest gay love stories ever put on film, one that required both actors to do things they’d never done before onscreen. Like, say, wearing a metallic thong — and nothing else.

    “Every Sunday night, this girl would come to my house and I would stand in my garage and I would hike my boxer briefs up into the crack of my a– and she would give me a spray tan,” explains Damon, who spends plenty of the movie in tiny swimsuits, and wasn’t too excited about his real-life wife seeing his bronzed backside. “We’ve been through three childbirths, we’ve been in the trenches, there are no secrets. But I really wish she didn’t see that. That’s too much.”

    For more from Matt Damon and Michael Douglas on Behind the Candelabra, plus exclusive photos of the movie’s costumes, sets, and supporting cast — you won’t believe what Rob Lowe looks like! — pick up a copy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, March 8.

    Debbie Reynolds ‏@DebbieReynolds1
    I'm so happy to be in BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Matt Damon has the most beautiful eyes. Michael Douglas worked so hard to act like Liberace.
    Isn't this wonderful? I can't wait to see it myself!! I had so much fun doing this. Loved being around the boys!!
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 7th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Anne Thompson's story seems to have the only new quotes. The magazine is now available so scans should be online shortly.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Awesome picture ;)

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2013 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Full scans?

    If anyone finds the full scans of the EW article online, can you please post the link? Most of the scans appear to have been in the EW footage (Matt looks very plastic, Rob Lowe looks bizarre).

    This is a longer story from EW about the spray tanning:

    Edited at 2013-03-08 08:58 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men

    Photos from the Monuments Men studio set outside Berlin:


    Video of the super fun GQ shoot from last year (amusement park) is now on YouTube:

    Edited at 2013-03-08 10:33 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Enquirer story

    Celebitchy has a story from the Enquirer about Lucy and Jennifer Garner not getting along.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2013 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    I would like to think this story is untrue, they have holidayed together and there were pictures of Ben and Jen with the kids going to MAtt and Lucy's when they stayed in LA i think last year, as always no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors and unfortunately as Matt likes to try and keep his private life private there are times when some shitty stories come out. I dont like all the pictures that get taken of Ben and Jen with the kids, surely theres some way for that to be stopped but maybe they actually do like it
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2013 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    also is the enquirer not a very unreliable source? ie dont believe anything it prints
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    It's probably not a completely legit story, but there's likely to be some truth. We know there is.

    The number of photos taken of the Affleck kids are ridiculous - look at this:
    Photos of Violet Affleck on Zimbio (photo site) – 6,386
    Photos of Isabella Damon on Zimbio – 10
    Photos of Matt on Zimbio - 3,021

    That's completely unhealthy for a kid under 10 who didn't choose the spotlight.

    Edited at 2013-03-09 10:13 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: March 9th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    I used to love coming to this site and I wish there was another site that had as much Matt info on as this one because so I could stop coming here because it really has become sad with the trashing of Ben and Jen. I'm not even a fan of theirs butit really has become too much and only has got worse as bens career has got back on track. You don't like them find,but for someone who is constantly deleting comments that may be annoying but don't hurt anyone or deleting info because you say it is private info about Matt but continue to comment and trash Ben and his family is ridiculous. And now you are posting tabloid stories that probably isn't even true just so you can take a swipe at the afflecks again is just
    sad. I am and always have been a huge fan if Matt's but I hate what this site has become. Matt deserves better and so do his fans.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    If I hadn't posted the links someone would be upset or have conspiracy theories why I didn't post the link. As always, we have no idea what the truth is. The main postings on the site are facts, this section is is just commentary, or a discussion. I can't always hide what I think, but that's just my view.

    I hate that there's an initial story in the Enquirer, because it leads to other, even more poorly written speculative ones.

    And 95% of the 'comments' that I delete are spam.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    Oh, I don't know there's always some truth to everything so I guess they probably do things together and generally like each other but have differences in opinions or something. But I wondered the same thing like if they live in LA why aren't any pictures with them going out for coffee or anything like that. Ben and Jen probably like the attention of pictures all the time or else they would stir away from it. Matt and Lucy probably don't like it as much but either way I like to see them all since I have a semi-boring life :/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    Don't believe it
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    Do I smell a lawsuit brewing on either Damon or Affleck's camp? Time will tell...

    It's interesting that what has always been whispered amongst Hollywood crowds has now become a print story on the Enquirer.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    What does the article say--a lawsuit about what?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 17th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Enquirer story

    There is no lawsuit that has been announced (that was just speculation).
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 9th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    If I had a scanner, I'd scan my copy of the magazine. It's a neat little article with some of how the film came to be, and comments about making the film. The interview was done with Matt and Michael in February in NYC. I was a little dissapointed that there weren't more photos of Matt in character, there are only two, one looking away and one small one with Michael posing. The cover is the best photo in the issue. It'll be very interesting to see how this movie is received. I'm very proud of Matt, he is fearless!

    Edited at 2013-03-09 05:15 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for that. The scans will eventually come online.

    Debbie Reynolds has posted a pic of herself in character as Liberace's mother:

    Debbie Reynolds ‏@DebbieReynolds1
    Liberace's Mother in BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Would you recognize me if we met in the casino? pic.twitter.com/hPeLkQJor4

    Edited at 2013-03-09 06:32 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)


    Some of the EW interview from the Boston Globe:


    In the new issue of “Entertainment Weekly,” the two actors reveal they’d talked for years about making the movie. Damon says Soderbergh gave him a copy of Thorson’s book in 2007 and said: “ ‘You and Michael Douglas.’ And I say, ‘Get the [expletive] out. What are you talking about?’ But I went home and read the book, and the next day I was like, ‘What is this going to be?’ He said he had Richard LaGravenese to write it, and I said, ‘I’m in. Whatever it is, it’s going to be great.’ ” It also sounds like we’re going to see a lot of Damon’s derrière because the actor got regular spray tans on his bum during filming. Says Douglas: “I don’t know any actors of Matt’s caliber who would be willing to take on the part of Scott. I thought it was really courageous. It just shows you the width and breadth of his career. But I don’t think at my prime at his age I would’ve had the courage to take this part on.”

    And more quotes at EW (including Bourne):

    Edited at 2013-03-09 08:51 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry I know this is off topic but I have been looking everywhere and have not been able to find this and I believe I originally read this on your site. Didn't Cate Blanchett once say that she thought Matt's performance in the Good Shepard was her favorite performance of the year? Is there a link to her saying that? or a link to her saying it on this site? Thank you.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I can't find the original comment. Paula has certainly written that on this site previously.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Actually it was Kate Winslet who said that Matt's performance in The Good Shepherd was her favorite performance of the year. Cate Blanchett called the performance "perfect", if I'm remembering correctly. Sorry, I don't have a site where I maintain links or anything.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Blanchett

    Thanks Paula. I'll try to find the quotes.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 10th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Blanchett

    Thank you for offering to look for the quotes. Glad to know I am not crazy.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 10th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Blanchett

    Thank you for the clarification and the added information.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 9th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land Cover Art

    Well, the cover art for the Promised Land DVD and Blue Ray are now on amazon!! To say I'm excited would be an understatement!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land Cover Art

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land Cover Art

    Can't wait to purchase DVD but I need one of those separate scaners for this laptop since it doesn't have one built in...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Studio photo

    A photo of Matt at a sound studio in Berlin today after recording a voiceover for a new trailer (Elysium?)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Studio photo

    Ah,so you were right about Matt's facial hair just being weekend stubble and not for Monuments Men. After all, in the book Rorimer didn't have a beard (lol, still hoping that if I wish hard enough, he'll be Rorimer!)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Studio photo

    And here are the first candid photos of Matt, George, Cate, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Bill Murray. George has now lost the beard (as promised after the first week of filming). The story discusses the first week of filming and the activities at the Soho House, where everybody is staying. There's also a photo of Matt leaving the hotel for filming.


    Edited at 2013-03-09 11:28 pm (UTC)
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    Oh I know about Matt's sexy eyes wish I was lucky like you to stare at him in person (but he might think that I'm crazy-obsessed or something)...zzzzzz. Can't wait for this movie too Debbie ;)
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