MICHAEL Douglas snubbed Scott Thorson — the terminally ill former lover of piano legend Liberace — even though he’s starring in a movie based on a book written by the dying man.
Scott — who was diagnosed with advanced anal cancer in August and was Liberace’s lover from 1976 to 1982 — wrote a book called Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, the basis of an upcoming HBO film that stars Douglas as the flamboyant performer.
“All I wanted do was was meet Michael and talk to him about my cancer,” Thorson, 54, told American tabloid the National Enquirer.
“But I was bluntly told it would be impossible. That really hurt.”
In August 2010, Douglas was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer and the movie was put on hold. Douglas beat the cancer, and production began in the summer of 2012 in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. But Thorson says he was left out in the cold.
“I thought it was very strange that I was never contacted,” he said. “Then, about three months ago, I got one phone call from Jerry Weintraub when he found out that I had cancer. He said, ‘I’m very sorry that you’re going through cancer.’ And that was it.
“It was clear that I wasn’t welcome. My heart sank. These people were portraying me but I was a persona non grata. I’m angry.
“Right now, I’m very scared. I’ve already run through the money I got for the movie and I’ve got nothing left.
“I don’t know if I’ll make it to the premiere in May…or if I’m even invited.”
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