Matt Damon on ‘kissing’ and ‘straddling’ Michael Douglas

The actors play lovers in upcoming flick about Liberace

Matt Damon on ‘kissing’ and ‘straddling’ Michael Douglas
13 December 2012

Matt Damon had played a gay man in the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley and pretended to be gay in a memorable 2002 episode of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace.

But he had never before taken on a gay role that required the love scenes like he shared with Michael Douglas in the upcoming HBO film Behind the Candelabra about the late Liberace and his younger lover Scott Thorson.

‘I had to come out of the pool, go over to Michael Douglas, straddle him on a chaise lounge and start kissing him,’ Damon tells Playboy in its January/February issue. ‘It’s not like I kiss him just once. We drew it up like a football plan.’

He adds: ‘Michael was a wonderful kisser.’

Damon, star of such films as The Bourne Identity and two sequels, Good Will Hunting and the upcoming Promised Land, says he gets more naked in this film than he usually does on screen.

‘Normally I’d say no to nudity, but I just did a lot of it playing the long-term partner of Liberace,’ he says. ‘I mean, it’s tastefully done. … But this movie’s not going to be for everyone.’

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