The Oscar-winning actor and producer recently starred as entertainer Liberace, who denied being gay during his lifetime, in the Steven Soderbergh-directed biopic Behind the Candelabra. He says that there are several gay Hollywood actors who have stayed in the closet to protect their careers.
Asked if he thought the public would struggle to accept an openly gay actor playing a straight character, Douglas replied, "It's a good question. Without naming names, I certainly think there are a couple of people out there who have not come out in the spirit of protecting their careers and livelihoods. It's probably a little bit more difficult going that way. I think that's true." Douglas also recalled meeting Liberace with his father Kirk Douglas when he was 12.
"He just stopped to say hello, this guy in this Rolls-Royce convertible with sunlight bouncing off the gold and diamonds round his fingers, round his neck. "His hair was perfect. And he just looked like this happy guy. He was a wonder, really well-liked, really popular, very generous and a great party thrower. That was about the only time."