HBO has officially announced the Blu-ray release of director Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Tom Papa, Paul Reiser and Debbie Reynolds. The glittery and outrageous biopic is based on the tell-all memoir "Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace," and arrives on September 17th.
The only extra is The Making of Behind the Candelabra: Exploring the legacy of Liberace through costumes, sets, locations and prosthetics with several members of the cast and crew, including Douglas and Damon.
As for Matt Damon's corresponding chauffeur outfit, Mirojnick said she'll never forget the day Damon saw it in the fitting room. "I thought that Matt probably thought to himself, ‘Oh no, this cannot be happening.’ He took a little breath," she said. "His feet went into the boots, the chauffeur costume went on, and that shot that you see in the movie of the camera panning up from his feet to the top of his head … just picture it in the fitting room! He was just exactly the same way. He could not believe what he looked like — it was a great, shocking surprise. But you know, once the actors were just so committed to these roles, their fun of transformation really did occur in the fitting room. When Matt put that costume on, and we put on the hat — and it’s the same with Michael — you put those rings on, and those men just immediately transformed into Liberace and Scott. I mean, it was really just magical to see it occur in the fitting room before putting it before the camera."
Why delay the inevitable: Of course we talked to Mirojnick about the fact that she put A-list movie star Matt Damon in two jewel-encrusted Speedos. "Did youlove it?" she squealed. "I loved it!" And she wasn't alone. "Matt Damon loved all of it," said Mirojnick. "We didn’t know each other before this film, but he said to me, ‘I hate fitting, but I’ve never ever loved fittings more than doing this movie and working with you.’ He tried everything and he just enjoyed the process so much that it was like ‘Show me more, give me more. Oh, one fur coat? Let me try another one! Oh, let me try that one!’ He just had the time of his life. He was like a kid in a candy store. Wouldn’t you be?"
But Mirojnick had a very serious question for us: "Did you like the white one or the black one more?" When pressed, we picked the black Speedo, simply because it really did tie Damon's whole look together. "I thought that little ensemble was perfect!" Mirojnick said. "And I made it as an ensemble; I designed that little cabana look to be an ensemble! Nothing could be on its own without some kind of accompaniment or embellishment; you always needed to have one extra piece. All of Scott Thorson’s outfits were designed to be ensembles because they were all put together by Liberace, really." And yes, the crystal-studded fabric was part of the plot, said Mirojnick: "Richard LaGravenese’s script really did call for Scott Thorson to be wearing a diamond-encrusted Speedo! And I can’t exactly go to the store and just buy one, so I just made it." How many crystals is just the right amount to affix to Matt Damon's crotch? "As many as you can possibly get on it!" she laughed.