Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Douglas praises Damon for gay, tub scene

'Behind The Candelabra' star and veteran actor Michael Douglas talks about filming gay scenes with co-star Matt Damon.

Douglas praises Damon for gay, tub scene (© Rex Features)

Los Angeles: Michael Douglas has praised Matt Damon for their gay hot tub scenes in director Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra'.

'Behind The Candelabra' will see Douglas, 68, as gay pianist Liberace, while Matt plays his lover Scott Thorson. The former was impressed with how skillfully the younger actor handled their hot tub scenes.

"We did have a lot of pages in the hot tub. But Steven is very tasteful, and we have had a couple of sections choreographed so as not to embarrass anyone. We just got it on. Look, I so tip my hat to Matt. I know in my prime, I don't know if I could have done what he does here," Douglas told Hollywood Reporter.

Douglas chose to appear in the film as it had an emotional depth and resonance, rather than just being a camp romp.

He added: "We knew, with Steven, this was not going to be about winking at the audience. It was not going to be La Cage aux Folles. This was a relationship between two people who loved each other a lot."

"I swear after a few minutes of watching it, I forget it's Matt and myself, and then I literally forget it's two guys. In their arguments in Richard La Gravenese's screenplay, you can hear a married couple having at it."

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