Adds Weintraub, "I've wanted to make a film about Liberace for a very long time, and after the amazing experience I had with HBO on ‘His Way,’ I knew that they were absolutely the right place for this movie. I am thrilled that we have the incomparable Michael Douglas to inhabit the role of Liberace, as well as the exceptional Matt Damon to play the pivotal part of Scott Thorson. Putting these two fine actors in the creative hands of Steven Soderbergh -- it doesn’t get better than that!"
Just for laughs: Clinton’s Hollywood fans provided a video spoof staged at his foundation’s New York office, where Ben Stiller led a lame brainstorming session with such activists as Matt Damon and Ted Danson. Sean Penn’s proposal? “Do not steal my lunch from the break room fridge.” Impersonating Clinton, Kevin Spacey calls in and deems the ideas brilliant before the real Clinton arrives clutching Penn’s lunch.
“The film was a hoot, wasn’t it?” Clinton said after the screening. “I’m going to spend the rest of my life trying to steal Sean Penn’s lunch…I want to thank Kevin Spacey, who really can do me better than I can.”
MORGAN: What to you is great acting?
PENN: Well, let's see. I think probably -- it's, you know, I could like -- Philip Seymour Hoffman is as great an actor as -- as we've ever had. I mean I think that--
MORGAN: Do you think that?
PENN: Yes. Yes. And -- and, by the way, some handsome guys like Matt Damon are, too.