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Source: EW.com
Date: January 7, 2011

Moz down! We have a Moz down!

Luckily, though our beloved Mozzie is down, he’s far from out of the action when White Collar returns Jan. 18 with a new episode. But, as Matt Bomer dishes, seeing his longtime friend on the brink of death will resonate greatly with our favorite con man Neal.

“Mozzie is obviously a very close relationship to Neal, so it affects him greatly to see him in the state he’s in. It was fun and new and fresh to explore that aspect of the character and remind the audience how important that relationship is to him,” he says. “Mozzie really is the sole remaining relationship Neal has from a very different past and a very different world.”

It’s also a world that comes in handy, though, in the first episode back when Peter finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation. And while Bomer admits it was fun seeing Peter “visit the other side a bit” in an effort to clear his name, he was most impressed with the masterful horseback riding stunt work his co-star Tim DeKay did in the episode.

“He was a great horseback rider. He’d done it a lot in his past. He was a natural. He hadn’t ridden in a while, though. I don’t think he’d mind me saying — I hope he wouldn’t — he was quite sore afterwards,” he said with a laugh.

Okay, enough teasing DeKay, Bomer. Let’s talk about your nudie mini dance scene in episode 11.

“Those are always fun with the crew there eating donuts and laughing at you in your underwear,” he jokes. “They definitely took it to places we hadn’t taken White Collar before.”

One final teaser, because I like being cruel: Next week, we hear from showrunner Jeff Eastin, who will weigh in on more of your burning White Collar questions, including all those mixed feelings you have about Sara and Neal’s relationship.