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B.O.O. Role: Unknown Status: Pre-Production Release: June 5, 2015
ETonline: When we return, how bad does Neal feel for the role he played in Peter getting framed for Pratt’s murder?
Matt Bomer: Oh man, he feels incredibly guilty. He knows that Peter is in this position because of his choices, and his father’s choices. So Neal will do whatever he has to in order to get Peter out of prison — even if it’s illegal. And as someone who’s been where Peter is, I think seeing him in prison makes Neal dig deeper into his bag of tricks to figure out how to fix it. He wants to fix everything — but might make things worse in doing so.
ETonline: The season began with Neal in prison and Peter on the outside, what was it like filming scenes with Tim DeKay in orange and you in the suit?
Bomer: Kind of surreal because, first of all, everyone will see this, but Tim looks great in orange. It’s a wonderful color on him [laughs]. But it was a trip. And seeing how he handled it was so impressive for me, as an actor. From a character perspective, I found it really interesting; Neal can relate to his predicament in so many ways, so there’s a real sense of responsibility about how everything has transpired, even though his father was largely responsible. He’s certainly feeling the weight of that as well.
‘White Collar’ Season 5: Matt Bomer teases a love interest and a Faustian bargain
“White Collar” returns for its fifth season on Thursday (Oct. 17) and stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay tease that we will see Peter in prison, the Dutchman is a great bad guy and that the season is all about Neal trying to do his best against long odds.
The episode, titled “At What Price,” opens with Peter in prison and Neal’s focus is to get him out because he’s being framed for a murder that Neal’s father actually committed.
“This season for Neal is about best intentions gone awry. He’s feeling the sins of the father and has to skirt issues of trust to try to find some wiggle room to make reparations for what ultimately was his fault in terms of Peter’s future as an FBI agent, as a husband,” says Bomer.
In order to help Peter, Neal makes a Faustian bargain with the Dutchman, a.k.a. Curtis Hagen (Mark Sheppard), the criminal that Neal helped Peter put away on their very first case together.
“It’s that deal with the devil. He has Neal under his thumb, which is not a very comfortable place for him to be,” says Bomer. “Basically, he can have Neal do whatever elicit behavior he doesn’t want to take responsibility for or do himself and Neal can’t really put up much of a fight about it. I can’t go into too much detail … but it’s not a fun place for Neal to be. He really doesn’t have a leg to stand on in terms of opposition.”
White Collar’s Matt Bomer Picks His Favorite TV Duos
On his hit USA drama White Collar, the actor plays con man Neal Caffrey, who is serving out his prison sentence by teaming up with FBI Agent Peter Burke to bring down other criminals like himself. On the eve of tonight’s Season 5 premiere at 9 p.m. EST, he reflects on 10 other memorable odd-couple TV twosomes who also brought out the best in each other.
Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay talk about “White Collar”
Last week, Matt and Tim DeKay participated in a conference call for the press to promote the new season of “White Collar”. Here are some interviews I recommend reading. Please keep in mind the press participated in the same conference call together, so a lot of the interviews will have similar content.