BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Starring Academy Award(R) winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, this drama takes a behind-the-scenes look at the tempestuous relationship between legendary entertainer Liberace and Scott Thorson, his younger live-in lover. Directed by Academy Award(R) winner Steven Soderbergh from a script by Oscar(R) nominee Richard LaGravenese, the film is executive produced by Emmy(R) winner Jerry Weintraub, and produced by Gregory Jacobs, Susan Ekins, and Michael Polaire. Debuts in 2013.
Aside from Jackson’s budding career as a solo artist, he also nabbed two high-profile gigs that flex his acting chops. Jackson recently wrapped filming the pilot of NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane -- which is in contention for a midseason start -- and is working with Steven Soderbergh on HBO’s mysterious Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, alongside Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger lover, Scott Thorson.
“I didn’t go to school for acting, but I have been schooled,” Jackson says of learning from his co-stars. “I watch, I absorb, I just -- I am schooled by osmosis. It’s amazing to watch them, truly.”
Jackson says Candelabra is about halfway through shooting and that audiences will be “blown away” by Douglas and Damon’s performances. “It’s just so exciting to watch them work,” he gushes.
“I did as much research as I could about my character and really just read everything I could,” he says of his preparation. “I spoke to some people who were in that inner circle back in the day and who definitely know what went on, and I just pulled as much material as I could.
“And really, with hair and makeup and costumes, once you’re on set, these amazing sets, the tone is set,” he adds. “All you have to do is be in the moment.”
You’ve had a number of roles in various different film and TV projects – which actors/actresses have been your favourites to work with so far and why? Any good stories?
Tomovic: Years ago I had a tiny part in ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ opposite Matt Damon. We were shooting at Pinewood Studios in London and also in East Berlin which they transformed into Moscow with fake snow, Russian cars and everything else. All that remained of me became the opening scene of ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ with Matt as Jason Bourne and me as the Russian Policeman in the pharmacy what we shot in London.
Matt is such a nice guy, very approachable and down to earth. I think everyone who knows him or has met him has nothing but good things to say about him. He really shows you that you don’t have to be an asshole or have a massive annoying ego to succeed and reach such a level. He was truly a great colleague and also important, a brilliant actor. Between takes, he would go from chatting nicely with you to having that haunted Jason Bourne look in his eyes on camera in only one second. And I think it always helps your own performance if you have such a strong actor opposite you, it really raises the bar.
Tomorrow in my hood Matt Damon + I are helping @BenAffleck raise $1 Million for Eastern Congo Initiative #Charity http//www.EasternCongo.org