We”ve been more fervent with this topic even more in recent history. So many times there is this perceived barrier in Hollywood that insists that romance between two men is too much and too “provocative”. Steven Soderbergh’s new documentary on the life of Liberace titled Behind The Candelabra, a film biopic detailing the love story of Liberace and his partner, had to find a home on HBO rather than the big screen due to it being too gay says Soderbergh:
“Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay.”
“This is after ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. The studios didn’t know how to sell it. They were scared.”
One of it’s stars, Matt Damon passionately describes how the movie plays out:
“These two men were deeply in love and in a real relationship — a marriage — long before there was gay marriage…The script is beautiful and relatable. Their conversations when they’re dressing or undressing or having a spat or getting ready for bed? That’s every marriage.”
This sounds like a loving biopic so why is Hollywood too afraid to show it as they’ve done in the past as they did with Brokeback Mountain? As the country has been more accepting than even a few years ago it’s puzzling (and frustrating) to see how hesitant studios and movie executives are when it comes to displaying love between to people of the same gender.