Michael Douglas: "Candelabra" reviews uplifting

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Based on the autobiographical novel of the boisterous Liberace, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is told.
May 26th, 2013

Michael Douglas is thrilled with the positive reaction to his portrayal of flamboyant pianist Liberace in 'Behind the Candelabra'.

The actor admits he has had a tough few years after being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010 - and supporting his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones during her on-going battle with biopolar II disorder - but he says that early reviews of the movie have given him a huge lift.

He told People: ''I needed some good news. I've gone through a couple of years of cancer, and I've got major issues with my older son.''

The 68-year-old actor - whose eldest son Cameron is in the midst of a nine-year jail sentence after being busted for drugs in 2009 - regularly writes to him to show his support.

He said: ''He's a great person.''

Douglas insists his family's struggles have helped him realise what is most important in life.

He said: '' I'm feeling good. I'm still here.''

'Behind the Candelabra' - which recently premiered to stellar reviews at Cannes Film Festival - tells the story of the famous musician, played by Douglas, and his secret gay relationship with driver Scott Thorson (Matt Damon).

The movie is based on Thorson's tell-all book about his life with Liberace.