Jess Marlow, formerly known as Scott Thorson, wrote the book that the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra is based on. The book and movie detail his decadent days with one of the biggest entertainers of all time -- the parties, the celebrities, the fame -- but today Marlow is living a different life all together.
"It's always wonderful to have money and fame, but I think that's where my problems started," said Marlow. "Too much was given to me too soon and I didn't know how to handle it."
Although today Marlow is dressed in prison blues, he suggests that if their relationship played out today, it would be Liberace facing charges.
"A lot of people would think of him as a child molester," said Marlow, who (at 16) was 47 years younger than Liberace when they were together. "He baited me with wealth and fame ... Today he would have been arrested for child endangerment."
Matt Damon will portray Marlow against Michael Douglas' Liberace when Behind the Candelabra bows Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
"You don't get this many chances to have a great script and a wonderful actor like Matt to work with," Douglas told ET in January, adding with a laugh, "We obviously worked together closely."