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No piano-playing for actor Douglas

Michael Douglas has revealed he didn't learn how to play the piano for his Liberace role.

The Oscar-winning actor, who portrays the outgoing entertainer and musician in Steven Soderbergh's feature-length biopic Behind The Candelabra, attempted to learn the piano but decided against it.

"I asked Steven to find a number where there's film of Liberace playing it, because I'm not a pianist and I'm not going to learn," he admitted.

"We started off with a piano teacher and I said, 'This is not going to work'. By having it on a screen, I could watch it and practise getting the hands right by doing it over and over again."

Michael, the eldest son of Kirk Douglas and Bermudian-born actress Diana Love Dill, also revealed how he once met the Polish-Italian entertainer.

"I was visiting my father who had a house in Palm Springs, California, where Lee also had a house. We were at the crossroads and a car stopped - I think it was a Rolls Royce convertible - and this guy stepped out," he recalled.

"I remember it was a bright Palm Springs day and between the gold around his neck and his rings, the light was bouncing off him outside. He had a great smile, not a hair out of place. Now I know why. He was charming."

:: Behind The Candelabra is in cinemas now.

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