Filmmaker GUS VAN SANT’s Best Director Academy Award-nomination was just one of eight Oscar nods the illustrious biopic MILK received for telling the story of the life and times of HARVEY MILK, the activist who became America’s first openly gay elected official. Now, five years later, long-time VAN SANT collaborator MATT DAMON has wrapped production on another gay biopic, this one telling the story of LIBERACE, one of America’s most flamboyant and closeted gay entertainers. Directed by STEVEN SODERBERGH from a script by RICHARD LaGRAVENESE, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA stars MICHAEL DOUGLAS as LIBERACE and DAMON as his much younger paramour.
Sitting down with VAN SANT a few days ago to talk about his upcoming drama PROMISED LAND, we asked if he thought the LIBERACE and HARVEY MILK biopics might have anything in common or if that would be like comparing apples and oranges. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
PROMISED LAND opens in limited release 12/28
BEHIND THE CANDELARBRA is slated for release in May of next year