Every Movie Studio Turned Down Liberace Movie As "Too Gay!"

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So says Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh, who peddled Behind The Candelabra--with Michael Douglas as flaming pianist Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger lover--all around Hollywood for years.

Despite that A-list lineup, Soderbergh says every single studio told him the exact same thing: "Nope. Not interested. Too gay."

And all it needed was a five million dollar budget!

These are the same cretins who will greenlight budgets many times that for dumb action movies or romcoms created by mid-level hacks.

These are the same boors who will stand by and watch a Brokeback Mountain win acclaim and make money, but will still turn down a script because it's supposedly too gay!

They know full well about the highly coveted gay dollar--and they are also informed enough to know that not only gays would go to see a movie about a legend, his music, and his personal dramas--but they'd rather blithely turn their backs on all that and feed into old prejudices and restrictions.

They seize the chance to ignore progress and refuse to advance progress while projecting their own ignorance and bigotry--and by the way, some of those studio heads happen to be gay themselves!

Oh, well.

The movie's ending up on HBO and Sodebrergh is actually glad it worked out that way.

I guess it stands for Homosexual Box Office.

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bethesda
bethesda

But the studios didn't say "No one cares about Liberace." They said "It's too gay." They are homophobic.

billyjoe
billyjoe

Most of the potential audience for this movie--Lee's blue haired female devotees--are dead. The tacky Las Vegas strip-mall Liberace Museum that closed several years ago is also a predictor of the bad box office this movie would garner in a theatrical release. HBO will enable the curious but self-conscious hetero populace to watch it repeatedly in the privacy of their homes.

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

After all the gazillions Soderbergh has made for these self-same stupido studos, this just sounds dumber  than PigShit.

nostradavid
nostradavid

I'd give Matt Damon (as Scott) all the palimony he wanted. Lee wasn't dumb. $113 million lawsuit vs $98,000 settlement was a good deal. Watch: "Liberace Music Video & Entrance 1981" to see Lee introduce Scott to the audience at the Las Vegas Hilton. How could anyone watch that video and say a movie about them would be too gay? It's all just limo envy.

Who wouldn't want Betty White for a beard ?

bethesda
bethesda

More people will see this on HBO anyway, where it would have ended up.

exackerly
exackerly

@nostradavid Thanks for the link. But I think Scott Thorsen looks more like Owen Wilson than Matt Damon.

exackerly
exackerly

@williamHK I didn't like Idi Amin either but I loved that movie with Forest Whitaker.

williamHK
williamHK

@exackerly @williamHK Biopics are generally lackluster, they never seem to measure up to what we expect, given we know the person's story already.  I'd rather see a good script with interesting characters and plot development.

exackerly
exackerly

@williamHK I agree, they're not my favorite genre. But the Liberace one, if it's done right, could be a real hoot. Or at least we'll all learn something about how it used to be possible to be a flaming queer and still be in the closet.

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