Matt Damon Tells Playboy He's Nude 'A Lot' in Liberace Film, Describes Michael Douglas as a 'Wonderful Kisser'

"I HAD TO STRADDLE HIM... AND START KISSING HIM."
Michael Douglas films Liberace Movie with Matt Damon

Matt Damon is getting nude for his role as the lover of flamboyant pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace – known simply as Liberace -- in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra.

“Normally I’d say no to nudity," 42-year-old Damon tells Playboy in its January/February issue, on newsstands Dec. 18.

"I mean, it’s tastefully done. Steven Soderbergh directed it and Michael Douglas plays Liberace. But this movie’s not going to be for everyone.”

In the film, due for release next year, Damon plays Liberace's much-younger lover Scott Thorson – who exposed his life with Lee in a tell-all book and also sued for $113 million in palimony.

The film is so risque that the Oscar winner even shares a romantic, on-screen kiss with Michael Douglas.

“Michael was a wonderful kisser,” jokes Damon.

“For one scene, I had to come out of the pool, go over to Michael Douglas, straddle him on a chaise lounge and start kissing him. It’s not like I kiss him just once. We drew it up like a football plan."

Damon -- who is also co-writing and starring in Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, in theaters January 4 -- opened up to the magazine about his private life, including why he is "sh*tty" at spicing up his relationship with wife, Luciana.

On the roles he most regrets having to pass up: “Having to say no to Avatar was tough because I particularly wanted to work with James Cameron … I remember thinking, Oh God, not only do I have to say no because of scheduling, but he’s going to make a star out of some guy who’s going to start taking jobs from me later ... Milk was another hard one because I was excited it would have been for Gus Van Sant, and I would have had the chance to do scenes with Sean Penn … But when I saw Milk, Josh Brolin was so f*cking good.”

On his image in the media: “The narrative about me kind of goes, ‘He’s a boring married guy,’ which is great, because I don’t get any of that other stuff like Brad Pitt and George Clooney do … People think I’m kind of vanilla and they leave me alone to work, have an actual private life and be a husband and dad.”

On beginning to look his age (42 years old): “I remember having dinner with Tommy Lee Jones 20 years ago. I was looking at his face and thinking, Sh*t, I can’t wait to have lines like that. A guy like that can just sit there and be so expressive. I mean he’s also one of the best actors ever, but I remember being in a hurry to get some of those lines. I’m getting more lines every day.” On the Bourne legacy coming to an end: “You know what? They might have taken the Bourne series out back and shot it in the head. If that’s the end of it, that’s just the end of it. I hope not. I love the character and the three movies we did, so I’d love to figure out a way to do another one.

On learning new things that he’s frightened of on set: “I learned that I am afraid of heights. When I was doing Syriana, they arranged for my wife, Lucy, and me to go up to watch the sunset over the Arabian Peninsula from the top of that seven-star Dubai hotel that’s shaped like a sail, the Burj Al Arab. So we go to the very top–-60 stories or something—we’re given champagne, and we go, ‘Oh! My God, this is great.” But as I started to walk toward the edge, my legs locked up. I was absolutely frozen. [Lucy] thought it was hysterical.”

On his workout routine: “I don’t have much time between work, parenting and other pursuits I’m involved in, but I lift weights. If somebody’s around to box with, I can hit the focus pads, but I haven’t done that in a while. I used to jog a lot, but now I’ll do maybe one long run a week, or I’ll do sprints.”

On being a man in an otherwise all-girl family:“Lucy and the girls can definitely bring me to my knees. They just know. My wife gives me sh*t because it’s harder for me to discipline my girls, probably because they’re girls. With boys, I could relate more and it would probably be easier. Growing up, girls are so mysterious to us. Even as a grown man, they remain mysterious.”

On growing up with a hot temper: “I would throw blazing temper tantrums as a kid—my parents worried about me. I remember being so angry that I saw red, and no amount of encouragement, love or hugging would get me out of that … there’s a great thing that comes along with being stubborn and obsessive, which is a passion for life. Things matter to you.”

On spicing up his marriage with romantic gestures: “I’m sh*tty at that. I wish I were better because my wife deserves somebody who surprises her with a gift or flowers or some wonderful idea. I’ve never been good at that, and she’s really good at it, which makes me feel even more like sh*t.”

On his legacy: “When I turned 40 I had my whole family and some friends together. I realized I had to make a toast and hadn’t thought of anything to say. I stood up, and what came to me seemed incredibly true in the moment and even more so as time has gone by. I said, ‘I think I might actually be the luckiest guy on earth. I really might be him.’”

As Liberace's larger-than-life story is set to hit the big screen in 2013, Scott Thorson, a former lover of the flamboyant entertainer, gives insight into the fascinating world of the late performer in this video, below. 

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