behind-the-candleabra

Matt Damon and Michael Douglas pile on glitz for Liberace film

March 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM ET

We've been fascinated for months by occasional photos showing the transformation of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon for the upcoming Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra." Now Entertainment Weekly shows off the two stars with a glitzy cover and story about the Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO film.

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Douglas (as the famed entertainer) and Damon (as his young lover Scott Thorson) take hair, makeup and wardrobe to their late-'70s extremes. EW calls the movie "one of the weirdest, glitziest gay love stories ever put on film, one that required both actors to do things they’d never done before onscreen."

Damon tells the magazine about the ritual for achieving his spray-tanned backside and about filming sex scenes with Douglas.

Douglas says he was advised by Debbie Reynolds, a close friend of Liberace's, who also plays his mother in the film. "She just told me, '[Your voice] can never be too nasal.'"

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Michael Douglas, left, and Matt Damon in "Behind the Candleabra."

"Behind the Candelabra" premieres on HBO May 26.

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