With the recent HBO premiere of Behind The Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, people are inquiring whether the film could possibly be a sequel to the Michael Douglas film, The Game, which co-starred Sean Penn as the kid brother.
The Game had a series of terrifying tests and challenges that big brother Michael had to overcome; tests created by a party agency to help celebrate Mr. Douglas' upcoming birthday. Once "the game" within the film of the same title began, one terrifying test follows the next, culminating with Mr. Douglas attempting suicide by jumping/falling ten floors through a stained glass ceiling and landing on a stack of comfy air bags.
"Happy Birthday!" says brother Penn, who Mr. Douglas thought he had just murdered, (ten floors up, remember?) and in his despair had attempted suicide by jumping/falling off of the roof, crashing through the stained glass ceiling and landing on the air bags, "That was all just a game!"
While The Game ended with a semi-happy-birthday party conclusion, apparently that film manages to continue in some sort of paranormal, Looper, stretch of the imagination, time travel, kind of sequel, with additional terrifying tests set before Mr. Douglas' path in the film titled: Behind The Candelabra. Actor Matt Damon replaces Penn as the sidekick. Of the two actors, Michael Douglas seems to be the hands down winner in the creepy category, a category soon to be added to award ceremonies.
Could this be why wife Catherine Zeta went Bipolar?
In Candelabra, Michael Douglas continues to be horror challenged by morphing into piano performer Liberace, while Matt Damon plays his lover. There's lots of gold and arguments and dogs and furs and hot tubs and beds and rings and candles and tush.
Switching channels, actor Liam Neeson was fighting aliens that landed in the Pacific on a space ship the size of Manhattan. The film was titled, Battleship. No candles in that baby. The aliens were a nasty bunch that would have taken out Behind The Candelabra with a sneeze, ending Mr. Douglas' final terrifying test.
Zeta, you're okay, really!