Amy Ryan
September 11, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Liberace (left) was so popular for such a long time that it’s weird to think he exists now only as a pop-cultural punchline. (See the scene in 2005’s Good Night, and Good Luck, where we’re supposed to snicker at Edward R. Murrow’s softball interview with the pianist, who suggests that he hasn’t settled down yet because he hasn’t found the right girl.) Maybe Steven Soderbergh’s planned Liberace biopic will remedy that. I’m not sure about the casting, though: he wants Michael Douglas (right) as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, who famously sued the entertainer for palimony. Not sure whether the whole idea is fabulous or tragic, so I’ll let you decide, PopWatchers.

addCredit(“Liberace: Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Michael Douglas: Jim Spellman/WireImage”)

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