Hang on to your panties, ladies- that dashing lady's man Liberace will be the subject of a big screen bio pic.
In a daring career decision, macho actor Michael Douglas has agreed to play Liberace in director Steven Soderbergh's forthcoming biopic of the flamboyant showbiz legend. The decision is a gutsy one, guaranteed to either jump start Douglas' rather dormant career or seriously erode it further. As for Soderbergh, he continues to resist cutting his 4 and half hour film bio of Che Guevara - despite poor reviews at the last Cannes Film Festival. IFC will release the pic in a handful of theaters in order to qualify for Oscar award nominations, but it will then go direct to video. Maybe studios aren't entirely lacking in common sense. At one time, having another Soderbergh box-office bomb on their slate would have been considered to be "prestigious". However, the prospects of luring people into theaters with an endless tribute to a Commununist icon is a bit of a stretch even by Hollywood standards. Besides, there are still sore wounds open from Fox's ill-fated 1969 bomb Che! starring Omar Sharif. For more click here