So, Michael Douglas. He was kinda funny in “Romancing the Stone,” we guess. And he had to have had a sense of humor to agree to “The In-Laws” and “Me, You & Dupree” (we can’t even remember what he did in that movie, having successfully erased it from our damaged brains). But there’s really not anything in the man’s filmography to suggest that he’s the perfect man to play the most fabulous piano player of all time, Liberace. Close your eyes and picture Gordon Gekko getting out of a mirrored Rolls. If that’s difficult, we can’t even get to the 200-pound “King Neptune” costume and rhinestone-encrusted Baldwin grand (Liberace Museum, R.I.P.).
But maybe this is all proof of the genius of Steven Soderbergh, who has also cast Matt Damon(!) as the showman’s live-in lover for the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, according to Deadline. (Surprising casting aside, maybe VH1 deserves some royalties for that name.) We shall see. In the meantime, watch Liberace deliver the best sign off music of all time.