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Friday 19 September 2014

Douglas enjoys smiling for camera

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon play lovers in Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas has revealed one of the things he enjoyed most about playing Liberace in Behind the Candelabra was getting the chance to smile on screen.

The 68-year-old actor stars as the flamboyant entertainer alongside Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's biopic. The star of Wall Street, Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct admits he is used to playing more serious characters.

Michael said: "One of the things I enjoyed about this part was, I got to smile. I don't smile a lot in my pictures. I'm always so grim."

"My career has been more in the grey area, if not the dark area. Playing Liberace was so much fun! You put on this mask and it allows you to do anything you want. I don't get to do that very often. My movies are usually about stripping off the make-up, getting down to the skeleton."

He also praised his co-star Matt for taking on the role of Liberace's lover Scott Thorson, breaking with Hollywood convention and his macho, action on-screen persona to play the character.

Michael said: "I looked at Matt and thought, 'Man, this guy's brave.' It's one thing for me at my age to stretch a little bit and try different characters. But 'Bourne'! A man in the prime of his career going this route?! I was in awe of Matt's courage."

He added: "I'm at an age where I can try different things, do much different stuff than I thought I could do. I'm starting over. What I went through with Liberace has given me the confidence for this."

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