'Behind the Candelabra': Why Matt Damon wanted to play Liberace's 17-year-old lover on HBO

Zap2it: Why did you want to play Liberace's 17-year-old lover?Matt Damon: I knew I would do the part before I read the script because Steven [Soderbergh] gave me the book. It is such an interesting dynamic between the two guys. Richard LaGravenese handed in an unbelievable screenplay, all of the complexities of it and it was so well written.Zap2it: Why did it take so long to get made?Matt Damon: It was a question of finding when Michael and I both were there. It had to shoot in L.A., and I am moving to L.A. at the end of the school year.Zap2it: You sport a bunch of different looks in this -- sort of waifish to chunky and all different hairstyles and even a new face at one point. Did you start buff then gain weight, or how was this done?Matt Damon: There's the '77 long hair with jeans; someone just called it the Jimmy McNichol...



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