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Michael Douglas gets emotional at Cannes

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The relationship between the flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson dazzled at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday (May 21) and threw gay rights into the spotlight at the movie industry's largest annual gathering. Director Steven Soderbergh said he struggled five years ago to secure funding for 'Behind the Candelabra' because some financiers thought the film would only appeal to a gay audience and, at a cost of $25 million, would be a financial risk. Eventually he received financing from Time Warner's HBO cable channel and made the film with Michael Douglas playing Liberace and Matt Damon as Thorson which whom he had a secretive five-year affair. Douglas, whose performance as the primped, toupeed pianist was lauded by critics, said he met Liberace once, in a Rolls Royce convertible while in Palm Springs with his father. But he became emotional, voice breaking and tears in his eyes, when asked

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