There are plenty who attempt to emulate the Rat Pack, but few can pull off a fedora quite as well as American actor Matt Bomer, star of stateside show White Collar. Effectively Catch Me If You Can has a Thomas Crown Affair, Bomer plays ex-con Neal Caffrey, who benefits significantly from his character’s gruelling wardrobe – in Paul Smith suits or Hugo Boss casuals he helps the FBI track down art thieves. GQ.com decided to find out what we could learn from this modern-day cad, and Bomer was only too willing to share his thoughts on seduction, surviving New York City in style and channelling Paul Newman…

GQ: Who did you base your character’s style on?
MB: Dean Martin specifically was a big influence – both in style and personality. That’s why there’s a bartender at craft services. Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief is someone else we borrow from. Even Alain Delon in Le Samourai.

What did you learn from Caffrey’s style?
The most important thing I’ve learned from the entire experience style wise is that every man should have a great tailor, and visit him or her often. If you’re wearing suits and you want to create your own sense of style, get to the tailor. Our costume designer (Stephanie Maslansky) always pays close attention to the colour of the shirts, pocket squares, vintage cufflinks, tie bars, and fedoras. And, of course, the tailoring. Those are all very specific to the Rat Pack style. As are cigarettes and gin.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Thanks Sab for the tip!

PS: Matt is also featured in the upcoming issue of TV Guide.

  • I submitted the Starbucks question. 🙂

  • TV Guide article: http://twitpic.com/2i4bi2

  • Rob

    Thanks – I think best questions asked of him yet! Oddly enough, his fave Starbucks is not much different than mine! Also, great ratings news – WC adds more viewers again – up 3% overall and 6% in key demos – you can add nice comment here – http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/08/25/usas-covert-affairs-hits-series-highs-again-white-collar-sees-summer-highs-again/61052

  • clichejuice

    The GQ link does not seem to be working for me. Is it for everyone else?

  • It’s working for me, but here is an alternate link. 🙂

    http://www.mattbomerfan.com/press/gq-8252010

  • clichejuice

    Thank you Kelly!! By the way did u get my email? *hugs*

  • Lynne

    For those who are registered leave a nice note at TVGuide.com. Here’s their latest small article. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Watercooler-Doesnt-Love-1022177.aspx

  • @clichejuice: I did get your email. Just haven’t had a chance to respond yet. Thanks.

  • murry

    WC adds more viewers again – up 3% overall and 6% in key demos — awesome!
    Thank you Rob!

  • murry

    I love this TV Guide’s pic, Matt really beautiful!

  • Sab

    Just leaving this link here, Kelly, to make sure you’ve seen this pic. 🙂
    Warning: a bit spoilery for a future episode: http://yfrog.com/mwrowfj

  • priya

    @Kelly – thanks a lot! nice to know he answered you question 🙂

    @Rob – very happy to hear about the ratings, hope mid-season finale adds even more viewers.

    I particularly loved this bit in the interview –
    “always (at least try) and be a gentleman.
    I think chivalry and respect will always go a long way. And listening.”
    not to put too fine a point on it, but are any men ‘listening’ to what Matt said there 😛

  • Thanks for reminding me Sab. I RT’d it on Twitter but haven’t posted it on here yet.

  • Lynne

    Jeff answered by Tweet by saying that “White Collar” is moving back to 10pm in January! Woo Hoo.

  • That’s great! I just hate to see the show getting flip-flopped all over the place. I wish the network would choose a timeslot and let the show thrive. 😀

  • Rob

    Kelly – totally agree. It will be the 4th slot in a year although 10pm will hopefully be a bit easier and maybe a good lead at 9pm.