In the category of "too good to be true" comes news that blows my tiny little mind. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will play lovers in director Steven Soderbergh's upcoming Liberace, based on the life of the famous pianist. (That's pianist, not ... oh, forget it.) I'm describing this as "news" because it was published online by People, and they wouldn't fib, would they? Actually, Jessica Barnes already covered this for us, briefly, so we know it's true. Still, it's Douglas and Damon paired as romantic partners, and that deserves a story of its own.
A French newspaper is cited as the source for People's item, and there are a few choice new quotes. Soderbergh is attending the Deauville Film Festival -- that's in France -- and said that costume and wardrobe tests have already been done on Douglas: "I swear to you, Michael amazed me. He crushed it." The director also says that Damon has agreed to play Scott Thorsen, the longtime assistant / boyfriend of the flamboyant entertainer. "Matt accepted the challenge," Soderbergh claims. Is it the challenge of kissing Michael Douglas, or pretending to be in love with him?
Soderbergh also said that the budget will allow for reenactments of Liberace's "spectacular stage act, which "often involved elaborate stunts such as flying or driving to his piano bench in a Rolls-Royce." If this all pans out to be true, and the movie actually gets made, I will be lining up to see flying pianos and the love story of the new century. How about you? Are you itching to see Liberace now that Douglas and Damon are on board?