On Friday, the streaming service premieres its 10-episode adaptation of the literary giant’s unfinished novel The Last Tycoon, which traces the careers of two Hollywood moguls (played by Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer) in the late 1930s.
Talking to executive producer Joshua D. Maurer midway through the shoot, “I was like, ‘Hey, Josh, when did we divert from the original book?'” Grammer recalls. “And he was like, ‘Oh, God, a long time ago.’ The beauty of an unfinished novel is you get to finish it.”
Matt graced last night The Late Late Show with James Corden, as part of the ongoing promotion of The Last Tycoon. Check below the interview, as well screen captures in our gallery.
Matt was guest yesterday at Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and while we’re still trying to get you the full interview, you can find some pictures added in our gallery (thanks Claudia), alongside clips and the After Show (thanks Alex!)
Hello, friends! Matt visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, to promote his new show The Last Tycoon. Before the interview he took part of the usual games Fallon promotes on his show, alongside Jessica Biel and Kelsea Ballerini. Watch below them playing the Charades, also the full interview.
We’re just at 10 days away from The Last Tycoon premiere – it will premiere next July 28 on Amazon – and Matt will be making his rounds on TV shows to promote it. So, check your DVD-Rs:
Live with Kelly and Ryan – July 24
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – July 25
This post will be updated, if more appearances are confirmed.
Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman and directors Alex and Andrew Smith sat at IMDb studio yesterday to discuss with Kevin Smith about ‘Walking Out’. Watch the video below, and check screen captures in our gallery.
In another interview published today, Matt sat with Men’s Fitness to talk on what attracted him to the role, his appreciation of 1930s, and his secret to staying calm, cool, and collected under pressure in any of life’s tricky situations.
What were your thoughts when you first accepted this role? How excited were you?
I was really flattered that they reached out to me. I’m a huge Fitzgerald fan as almost everyone, I think. It’s intimidating to interpret his prose and to bring it onto the screen and interpret an iconic character of his. But thankfully I had Billy Ray who is just a brilliant writer and director. I’ve been a fan of his since a movie called Shattered Glass that he did I think in early 2000s, I’m not sure, for whatever reason he thought I was the right guy for the role, and it was a real honor to get to be his avatar and collaborate with him on this and help try to bring his vision to life. It’s a story that he’d been living with for a really long time, and I think he very wisely took this great structure we have now where you can take a novel and make it a 10-part series as opposed to one 2-hour open and closed film and where they open up the world and the relationships and the characters that I thought had a lot of room to grow, so I was really excited to work on it.
What do you think life would look like for you if you actually lived in the 1930s?
Well it depends. I mean it’s an incredible, it’s one of my favorite things about getting to be a part of this piece. I love any period piece but the 1930s, especially 1936 when this takes place, was an incredibly rich place around the world. You had the Spanish Civil War going on, Hitler was rising to power in Europe, you’re at the height of the Great Depression and here you are in Hollywood where business is booming, So, you know, it depends, I could be, you know, suffering through a Hooverville in the height of the Great Depression or I could be a young studio executive and business is booming. I think there is in American landscape at the time, if you’re talking about our country in particular, it was you know, really, really bipolar in terms of what your experience could be as a human being, and I think that’s something they really tried to pick up and express and show in the piece.
Check the full interview at Men’s Fitness website.
In another interview released today, Matt talked to OUT about straight roles, pride, & the greatness of Montgomery Clift.
The show displays a dark side of Hollywood. Is this a realistic view or is it more cynical?
I think Fitzgerald was never appreciated in his time the way we appreciate him now and I think his experience in Hollywood as a writer was probably a frustrating one in some regards. I don’t feel that. I feel it’s more realism, to be honest with you, and what’s shocking to me is how little has changed in some regards. What goes into the decision to cast a certain person or to make a certain movie or not make a certain movie because of what’s going on in society or politics and which markets you need to appeal to, those things are really relevant even today. I’ve seen them. I’ve been blessed by them and I’ve been a victim of them. To me, I don’t think it’s cynical. At the end of the day it’s called show business and people are going to look after that bottom line to cover their ass.
I feel like you’re casting a new mold as a leading man: you’re out and this is a straight role. How do you feel about that?
Look, first of all, I’m so grateful and inspired by people like Billy Ray and Amazon and Sony who are willing to choose the person they feel best suits the role regardless of what their personal life might be. They choose the artist they want to work with and those are the kinds of people in the business that I want to work with.
I try not to think about it, but you can’t help to not consider it and you can’t help but have it in the back of your head. For me, I tend to be so hard on myself as it is I put so much pressure on myself because I’m always thinking about the next generation and doing a job that will be suitable enough to make sure I’m not the last person who gets this great benefit of the times that we’re living in. Part of my job is just letting go of that and just focusing on the work and doing the best I can and not thinking of myself as anything different or other, just thinking of myself as an actor doing my job.
Last week on James Corden, you told a story about your son. Maybe it was because of Orlando, but I couldn’t help thinking how it’s as important as ever that LGBTQ+ people stay visible, even with a simple anecdote like that.
I just try to treat it as my life and my experience. I know James on a friendly basis. It’s never really been a special or delicate thing to talk about. He has kids so we talk about our lives when I see him and I think in terms of being who you are, it’s obviously a highly subjective matter. A lot of times people want other people to be out and marching in the parade, but sometimes there are things going on in people’s personal lives or interpersonal relationships with their immediate family that make those things very difficult. I think it is important to live your truth but it’s not my place to judge anybody for where they are in terms of finding that truth.
To read the full interview, go to OUT website.
Vanity Fair has published a great interview with Matt, in which they talk Fitzgerald, Amazon, Texas, and the pros and cons of being ridiculously good-looking. Check some excerpts below:
How do you latch on to a part like this?
Well, a big part of it was researching Irving Thalberg, and of course revisiting the novel. The character was largely based on Mr. Thalberg, because Mr. Fitzgerald used to work for him. He wrote underneath him at the studio system for a brief period, and was really inspired by this man who had a complete understanding of the [studio] system, and how that operated, and the fact that he was this young wunderkind, this genius at what he did.
Then, a lot of it was taking this incredible world that Billy Ray, who’s phenomenally talented, had opened up in a way that you’re allowed to do when you have 10 episodes or so; to really open up a world, and bring in new storylines and amp up other storylines, and lose some of the ones that don’t serve the medium.
I lost about 25 pounds to play the role, because Monroe, in the novel, is described as a very ascetic, very hyper-disciplined individual who doesn’t eat, really, during the week, and looks as though he just might be on the verge of being incredibly ill. That was something that I took really seriously. I think, at a certain point, they were like, “O.K. Stop. We want you to look nice in your double-breasted suits.”
Can I ask you about the Montgomery Clift biopic? Is that something that’s happening?
It’s in development. We’re working on a new draft at this particular moment in time. It should be ready, I’m being told, by September. It’s really just a matter of getting the story right and not just rushing it out there. I think if Monty’s story were an easy one to tell in a very universal, palatable, and easy way, then it would have been done a long time ago. It is a tricky story to parse out in terms of introducing a new generation to who he was and paying homage to a generation, who already has a good deal of understanding of who he was, and what he meant in the industry.
Do you find that your looks have limited you in a way? Have you had to overcome that because you are just gorgeous, and no one’s going to argue with that?
Well, it’s very hard for me to weigh in on it completely objectively because I don’t think of myself in that light. I don’t say that just to be faux humble. I really don’t. Maybe because I was raised in a very conservative Christian household, where you were never really allowed to be sort of egotistical in that way. I don’t really perceive myself that way, so it has definitely been frustrating when I’ve gotten that feedback, or it’s limited an opportunity, or whatever I’m hearing through the grapevine.
It isn’t something I’ve experienced in theater. I think people in theater are pretty open minded and objective about the talent and what they can bring to the story they want to tell.
There’s much more being discussed so please, check the full interview at Vanity Fair website.
Watch the interview aired today on The Morning Blend, as part of The Nice Guys promotion tour.