Neal Caffrey from ‘White Collar’

Neal Caffrey understands the power of clothes and attitude.

In USA Network’s Friday drama White Collar, Caffrey (Matthew Bomer) knows if he shaves his scruffy beard and ditches the orange scrubs of prison for a correction officer’s uniform, he’s walking out of the joint. Caffrey then buys a yellow windbreaker to impersonate a parking valet and steal a Rolls-Royce.

He initially gets away with it because of clothes and attitude. An FBI agent nabs him twice and cuts a deal with him. Caffrey now works for the feds, and he needs new clothes.

Forced to buy clothes at a thrift store, where most people would walk away with merely sweaters reeking of mothballs, Caffrey instead charms a widow into giving him her late husband’s wardrobe.

“He’s influenced by the Rat Pack, with fitted suits and tie bars and fedoras and a little bit of Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief,” Bomer says. “Every now and then, we like to go for a more Jack Kerouac (look). It takes place today. They did a great job of finding some amazing vintage pieces that you would think Sy Devore put together for me. We will mix in designers with throwbacks to the ’60s – John Varvatos and Paul Smith.”

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To help “White Collar” stand out amid the fall flood of new shows, said Chris McCumber, executive vice president for marketing, digital and brand at USA, the premiere was scheduled after most of the new broadcast series had debuted.

“It’ll be a little easier to break through the clutter because the network marketing will have died down a bit,” he added.

Because of what Ms. Hammer called the “character-centric” approach at USA, the promotional efforts for its series require perhaps more participation from cast members than for shows on other networks.

That, however, is fine with Mr. Bomer, who joined the USA executives for an interview.

“It hasn’t felt like work at all,” Mr. Bomer said, which prompted Ms. Hammer to joke, “so we’ll book him more now.”

Mr. Bomer said the “Characters wanted” theme at USA meant that “everybody knows what race they’re running” as they introduce a series, including the marketing and public relations executives, the cast and top management.

“Of course there’s a certain pressure that comes with that,” Mr. Bomer said, particularly as “White Collar” puts the “USA hot streak on the line,” to quote a headline in Variety.

But “I trust these guys in putting us out there,” he added. “The rest is up to the zeitgeist.”

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People’s ‘Sexiest Rising Star’ Matthew Bomer

People magazine has released their annual “Sexiest Man Alive” countdown and while Johnny Depp tops their list (yet again), we are more excited about some of the newbies.

Named People’s sexiest rising star, Fox411 caught up with “White Collar” star Matthew Bomer recently, where he shared all the juicy tidbits about his character, what he thinks is sexy and what it’s like to be the son of a Dallas Cowboy.

Don’t mention Bernie Madoff around Bomer, who plays a con artist working for the FBI in exchange for freedom on the USA series.

“I did not use Bernie Madoff as inspiration,” says Bomer. “I prefer to not compare my character to him and prefer to call what my character does as “social engineering” rather than con artistry. I looked more to “Ocean’s Eleven” and even “Ferris Bueller” to see how people manipulate people and manipulate for a better life.”

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Matt Bomer, star of the USA Network show, “White Collar,” also appeared on “The Early Show.” He also made this year’s list.

Bomer said he’s grateful to be recognized.

Does he feel any added mojo from the title? “No,” Bomer said. “I’m still plugging away on ‘White Collar,’ and working hard on the show and trying to make a good TV show. … I’m thankful people responded to the character in the show and anything that comes from that is great.”

Source: CBS News