Director Steven Soderbergh spent four years beating a trail to the door of every Hollywood studio executive.
His vision for the story of Liberace lent itself brilliantly to the silver screen. The master pianist practically was Hollywood! And this was a movie which would allow some of that old world showbiz glamor to resurface again.
But none of them were interested. While many studios agreed that it was a great script and a fascinating story, the fact remained that this was a romance between two men. They didn't care that Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were already signed up to portray those men, it was still a homosexual love story.
It was the considered opinion of studio after studio that Behind the Candelabra was just 'too gay'.
This story didn't have the apologetic subtlety of Brokeback Mountain; the moralistic warning of Philadelphia; the historical distance of Maurice; nor the underlying message that you can outgrow the camp, as in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Instead the life-style of Liberace and Scott Thorson was unashamedly depicted as it was. There were scenes of outlandish display interspersed with gritty realism. The homosexuality was merely a sexual preference. If Liberace had been straight, then he would have done to a woman as he did to Scott.
The only difference being that society's reaction to homosexuality at the time kept it all the more firmly behind closed doors, adding immensely to the pressure cooker claustrophobia that kept Scott acquiescing to all demands.
It was felt that American audiences weren't ready for something like that. It would fail at the box office and prove too controversial in the press.
After four years of attempting to make his movie with financial backing from Hollywood, Soderbergh gave up and turned to the small screen. HBO agreed to fund the filming, which the director later recognized as a great result. No executive there attempted to temper his story. He was given free reign to tell it in its full glory.
And American audiences loved every second, as did those further afield.
Critical receptions continued to push big Hollywood productions from the headlines. Behind the Candelabra's accolades beat many other movies to the podium. Suddenly studio executives were faced with a smash hit which hadn't originated from their back-lots, carrying with it a highly public message about why that should be the case.
Let's hope there's been some soul-searching in Tinsel Town in its glittering wake.