You’ve worked with the biggest names in entertainment. What keeps you motivated, after all these years?
I love it. I truly love it. I’ve had a tremendous amount of success. I’ve been very, very lucky. I love getting up every day, and I love making films and I love doing everything I do. I’ve had a wonderful, wonderful life, and I’m not going to retire. I’ll be seventy-six in September, and I’m in good shape. So the way I look at it, I have plenty of time left.
What was it about the Liberace story that attracted you?
I knew Liberace, and he was a tortured man. If he lived now, he could have come out of the closet and lived differently. But the fact is that, when he lived, nobody came out of the closet because they would have ruined their careers. So he couldn’t come out. And that made his story really interesting. He was such a flamboyant, exciting guy. He was Madonna before Madonna; he was Elton John before Elton John; he was Lady Gaga before Lady Gaga. He was all of those things. And then when we got the script from Richard LaGravenese, we knew we had a great love story. It wasn’t just a story. It was a great love story.