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Douglas and Damon, as Liberace and his young lover, kiss and tell

HBO's “Behind the Candelabra” premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday
By Jacqueline Cutler Published: May 25, 2013
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Ideally, what he hoped to achieve “are those intimate moments when there are no cameras around.”

Douglas says, “Call me easy, but we didn't think about it much. I was teasing Matt about his Brazilian tan line on his butt. We just felt comfortable.”

Once Liberace and Scott settle into a relationship, there are sweet domestic scenes, such as watching TV and eating popcorn.

“Together we realized what a true love story it was,” Douglas says. “I am happiest if you forget that is Matt and I. Forget it is two guys. It is two people very much in love and the fights, the squabbles and things that go on.”

Soderbergh does a terrific job of showing the day-to-day lives of the couple, but it was an unusual setup because Liberace had been such a huge star and lived so large. He wore a $300,000 white virgin fox coat, lined with $100,000 in crystals and sequins.