In a January 5 New York Post story, movie director, Steven Soderbergh, revealed that his biopic, Beyond the Candelabra, was “too gay” for Hollywood.
“Nobody would make it,” Soderbergh tells the Post. “We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay.
“And this is after Brokeback Mountain, by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.”
The movie is based upon the tell-all book, Beyond the Candelabra by Scott Thorson, entertainer Liberace’s young homosexual lover. It tells about their flamboyant relationship and includes Liberace’s fondness for pornography and teenage gays.
The movie, while alleged to be too gay for Hollywood, was not too gay for the San Bernardino diocese. The diocese made a deal with producer, Jerry Weintraub, to allow the use of Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church in Palm Springs as a movie set for several days.
It also was not too gay for Father John Kavcak, pastor of Our Lady of Solitude, who played the role of a priest in a scene that depicts the casket of Liberace in church during a funeral Mass. Liberace died from AIDS, and his body was never brought for a Catholic Mass at any church. He did get a 15-minute viewing at a chapel in Forrest Lawn, Hollywood.
The San Bernardino diocese newspaper, the BYTE, reported favorably on the movie in September 2012. The publication referred to Liberace as a “lifelong Catholic.” Father Kavcak added, “It was very exciting as to how many people are involved. It’s like an orchestra coming together.”
For previous California Catholic Daily story, Sept 12, 2012, click here.