December 14th, 2012
05:35 PM ET
Matt Damon and Michael Douglas get to know each other intimately well in their TV movie, "Behind the Candelabra," and Damon can confidently say that Douglas knows what he's doing when it comes to kissing.
Douglas portrays the famous entertainer Liberace, while Damon portrays his partner, Scott Thorson. Although the 42-year-old actor says he typically wouldn't go for a role encompassing nudity, this was an exception.
"I mean, it's tastefully done," Damon tells Playboy magazine. "But this movie's not going to be for everyone."
If you're looking for a "beautiful and relatable" script, though, watch for "Behind the Candelabra's" premiere date on HBO.
"These two men were deeply in love and in a real relationship—a marriage—long before there was gay marriage. That’s not an insignificant thing. ... Their conversations when they’re dressing or undressing or having a spat or getting ready for bed? That’s every marriage," Damon said. "It feels like you’re witnessing something really intimate you would normally see with a man and a woman, but instead it’s two men, which was thrilling. There’s stuff I think will make people uncomfortable. Great. It's HBO - they can change the channel."
When it came time for Damon and Douglas to film more intimate scenes, such as when Damon needs to exit a pool and go straddle Douglas and start kissing him, the two actors prepared it "like a football plan," he said.
When Playboy asked about Douglas' performance, Damon responded with a laugh, "Michael was a wonderful kisser."
In the end, his "concerns ended up mattering a lot less once we were filming. The dynamic between the men was complex and interesting. Liberace was very powerful and adored, a great showman making $50,000 a week doing his act in Vegas. Scott was much younger and grew up in foster homes, so there was a lot to play."
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