In 1977, 18-year-old Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), who works as an animal trainer for films, meets Bob Black (Scott Bakula), a Hollywood producer, in a gay bar in Los Angeles.
At Black's urging, he leaves his adopted home in search of better-paying work. Black introduces Thorson to Liberace (Michael Douglas), who takes an immediate liking to the handsome younger man. Thorson moves in with Liberace and becomes his lover.
Steven Soderbergh 2013 drama Behind the Candelabra dramatizes the last ten years in the life of pianist Liberace and the relationship he had with Scott Thorson. It is based on Thorson’s memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace (1988).
The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2013 and received general acclaim from television critics including praise for the performances of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.