After a few teasers there, HBO finally gave the world a full trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra last night, and while the Liberace biopic looks great (Michael Douglas has got that trademark nasal voice down pat), well, this thing is a cosmetic nightmare. Of course, that's a good thing for the life story of Liberace, a story that has so much to do with plastic surgery.
The most shocking face belongs to Rob Lowe, who is something of a wax figurine in real life and is rumored to have had a little work done. But he looks one step away from Michael Jackson in his role as Liberace's plastic surgeon:
Those eyebrows! That hairline! And of course his job in the film is to make Matt Damon, who plays Liberace's lover Scott Thorson, look like Liberace.
And then there's Liberace himself, played by Douglas, whom we even see being wheeled along with a face full of bandages:
The only actor in the film who seems immune to cosmetic enhancement is Debbie Reynolds, virtually unrecognizable—in a different way—as Liberace's mother.
May 26 cannot come soon enough. This is our kind of cautionary tale.
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