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  • Behind the Candelabra is the most talked about film at Cannes, according to a Dow Jones study. Matt talks about the costumes and wigs for the film here, and a new Soderbergh interview is here. An extended UK trailer is at the Guardian and the UK poster is at the Daily Mail. The press kit is available at the Cannes site.

    “I loved it,” Damon says proudly of his country-bumpkin-goes-Hollywood progression. “More than any other movie I’ve been on, actually, the wardrobe and the hair and the makeup really made a difference — and the props, all the jewelry. You just would feel different in the morning. You would walk out with all this stuff on and it was really liberating. It was really fun to put on those costumes.”

    “Because everybody knew what Liberace looked like, Michael had an entirely different task,” says Damon. “I had a little more leeway, but we still had to have four entirely different looks; I had four incredible wigs basically. There was the long blond wig that I start with — that was, like, ’77. And then I had that sort of Flock of Seagulls hair.”

    Scott Thorson’s “blond bimbo” wardrobe even changed the way Damon felt about maintaining his movie star physique. “It actually got me excited to lose weight,” he laughs. “For the first time, instead of it being a drag, I remember thinking, ‘But I wanna get into that red shirt! It would fall so much better if I would just lose 5 more pounds!’”

    THR: How much contact did you have with Scott Thorson?
    Soderbergh: Jerry talked to him. Just a couple conversations to deal with sorting the rights out. When you’re telling a true story, there’s certain cases in which you really want people involved and certain cases where you feel like, “I don’t know that that’s going to help.” We had the book. I did talk to some people that worked with Lee, and that was helpful, mostly to ask them their impressions of Scott to see if they lined up to the impression that he gave of himself in the book or not. But in the same way that I didn’t want Matt [Damon meeting with the real] Mark Whitacre of The Informant!, I didn’t want him being pulled by who Scott Thorson is now, 30 years later. I wanted him to be able to feel free to interpret it as he could.

    THR: How did Matt Damon get involved?
    Soderbergh: He was in Spain doing his cameo in Che, and I gave him the book. I can only imagine what was going through his mind five years later before we started shooting. But Matt doesn’t have anything to protect. That’s not how he makes his decisions. He makes his decisions based on whether he’s engaged by the piece or not. If it turns out to be something that’s really gonna push him as a performer, even better. And Michael, he was just fearless. They both are. The movie just doesn’t work if they don’t both literally join hands and jump off the cliff. It’s intimate stuff, even if it was a guy and a girl. But for a lot of people it’ll be hard to see Jason Bourne on top of Gordon Gekko.

  • An interview with Paul Reiser about his role in the film is at the News Tribune.

    Q: What’s your role in “Behind the Candelabra”?

    Reiser: I have a very small part. I play Matt Damon’s lawyer. I worked a couple of days. It was fun to get out of the house to go play with these guys. They are on top of their game: Michael Douglas, Steven Soderbergh, Dan Aykroyd. I developed a new appreciation for them. There’s a reason these guys are who they are. They are very gutsy roles. They are very different from who they are and who they’ve played.

  • Behind the Candelabra will get a cinema release in Australia from 11 July.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 17th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Rob Lowe

    Text from Rob Lowe's interview on GMA is linked below. He's also on Ellen today.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    More Btc press

    Rob Lowe was just on gma. It was a short interview and it'll probably be online soon. I'll just recap this part of it. He said it got to the point that matt couldn't look at him without laughing. He said matt would do his scenes with him without looking at him. And I can totally see that.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 17th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: More Btc press

    Rob Lowe on Ellen, who raves about the film and the performances:


    Rob on Extra:


    Edited at 2013-05-18 01:45 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 18th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)


    Nice article with Matt, Steven,and Michael at the NYT.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 18th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NYT

    Oh, I almost forgot. Tonight ET had an interview with Scott Thorson from the prison where he is incarcerated. The interviewer showed him the trailer and he started crying, saying it looked great. He then proceeded to quite pathetically ask Michael and Jerry for help. He has cancer and not enough money to bail himself out. Sigh. What a sad character.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 18th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NYT

    Ohhh I'll have to watch then, hopefully it's like around 5 PM. That is sort of sad I mean there is his life enfolding on the movie screen plaid by Matt Damon and Michael Douglass...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 19th, 2013 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NYT

    Jerry Weintraub is still in touch with Thorson - he talks about it on Morning Joe:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 18th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Zero Theorem

    Terry Gilliam talking about Zero Theorem, which he is looking to sell at Cannes:


    You brought together a fine cast.

    Oh they’re all great, we’re so lucky. We have Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Ben Whishaw and Lukas Hedges, the son of Peter Hedges. They’re all so good. Melanie Thierry as the female lead is just extraordinary.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 18th, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Zero Theorem

    I was wondering what happened to that movie cause Matt went to Romania to film this :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 18th, 2013 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt and Michael may be arriving at Cannes shortly (with Matt reportedly staying at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc):

    Elizabeth Vargas ‏@EVargasABC
    Just arrived in rainy France to intv Michael Douglas and Matt Damon on new Liberace movie. What would u ask?

    Bruce Fessier ‏@BruceFessier
    Jerry Weintraub, flying to #Cannes tomorrow to enter #BehindtheCandelabra in competition, calls to say #Liberace film may be his best ever
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 19th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Back for a SNL cameo, project back on

    Possible sighting in NY, just before Ben hosts SNL:

    John Podhoretz ‏@jpodhoretz
    Matt Damon just walked by me in baseball cap and shorts on Bway on the Upper West Side

    Father Daughter Time looks to be back on, with John Krasinski starring (it's the project on Matt, Ben and John's 'in development pages'). Wonder if that is scheduled for fall.

    The NYC Film Chick ‏@TheNYCFilmChick 22m
    John Krasinski is starring in a Matt Damon directed film (produced by Ben Affleck) #IMDBPro
    Just heads up, this will be Matt Damon's diectorial debut w/ Krasinski starring

    Edited at 2013-05-19 02:25 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 19th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back for a SNL cameo, project back on

    I was assuming Matt would stay in Europe until it was time for Cannes. Now I wonder how long they've been back in NY. Could he have come back just for SNL? I guess we'll find out shortly, it starts in just a few minutes.

    Hmmmm... Not happy about Krasinski starring in Matt's debut as a director. He seems to be a sweet, intelligent guy, but imo he's not a movie star in any way, shape, or form. I find him limited as an actor as well.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 19th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back for a SNL cameo, project back on

    Tough to come back to NY briefly and then go back to Europe, probably tomorrow. I hope Lucy goes back with him to Cannes.

    Update - Matt didn't appear on SNL so unknown if he was in NY.

    Maybe John's only a co-star in the project.

    Edited at 2013-05-19 05:24 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 19th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back for a SNL cameo, project back on

    The only reason I can think of him being back in ny is to bring the kids back home. But I would've thought he would just stay in Europe. The sighting could be mistaken identity. I hope Lucy is at Cannes too.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 19th, 2013 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Back for a SNL cameo, project back on

    Yeah, I think somebody mistook a dude in a Red Sox hat for Matt. It's been so quiet the last few days I thought maybe Matt had taken the fam on a little Euro vacation somewhere. I see in the twitter photo he's on a boat. Maybe Jerry's? Maybe they've been cruising? That would explain why no photos for a few days.

    At any rate, it'll be great to have some new interviews. I hope somebody asks about MM. Matt obviously has a large part. Saw a twitter post a few days ago implying Matt would be shooting in England, but we'll have to wait on that, I guess.

    I thought Ben's SNL was not very good. They've had a few clunkers this season. It was a big comedown from Justin Timberlake's #5.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 19th, 2013 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Cannes interviews

    Interviews in Cannes have started, and the sun is finally out:

    Rick Campanelli ‏@RCampanelliETC 21m
    Just had a great chat w/ one of the nicest guys in the biz - Matt Damon! He talked about his 1st ever spray tan...lol

    Rick Campanelli ‏@RCampanelliETC 19m
    Great chats with Michael Douglas & Matt Damon about "Behind the Candelabra"...now it's time for an espresso!

    Emily Gertler ‏@egerts 11m
    Another inside look to @GMA in #Cannes, @EVargasABC with Matt Damon chatting @HBO #Liberace #sogood

    Michael, Matt and Jerry:

    Edited at 2013-05-19 11:13 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 19th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cannes interviews

    Matt Damon shows up, and the sun comes out. :-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 19th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cannes interviews

    And Elizabeth Vargas has three changes of clothes in an hour.

    Casey Affleck is also in Cannes as one of his films premiered on Saturday (Aint them bodies saints).

    BBC Ents News Team ‏@BBCEntsTeam 55s
    Michael Douglas & Matt Damon chat to @WillGompertzBBC about their new Liberace biopic. The interview airs on Tuesday.

    Edited at 2013-05-19 11:49 am (UTC)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 19th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I can't believe that for some of the interviews Matt still wore the white tshrit and black hoodie. It's kinda lazy and disrespectful. I know he doesnt like interviews but put a little effort into it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 19th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    A buttoned-up shirt, not a hoodie. But typical interview attire.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 19th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 31st, 2013 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the Candelabra

    As a forever fan of the Matt Damon, I can say his work is increasingly polished and rewarding to the viewer. Apart from Ripley, that I thought was one of his more difficult roles, his role as Scott is "brilliant" in BTC.

    To play opposite a veteran actor as Mr. Douglas, who gave one of his finest performances, with such ease, shows that Mr. Damon will become an Icon for the 21st century; the same as we revere Newman, Dinero, Redford, Hanks, & Crowe, etc.

    Continue the good work, I appreciate your integrity and spirit and am pleased you and Lucy seem so genuinely happy, it is reflected in your life . You are a role model we as a society desperately
    require. I thank you for the quality in which you conduct yourself in your work and your public life.
    p.s. loved the Kimmel show you hosted, it was awesome !
    Patricia Scott

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