Matt Bomer: How the Magic Mike actor conquered Hollywood on his own terms
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Matt Bomer: How the Magic Mike actor conquered Hollywood on his own terms

By Dan Rookwood for Mr Porter

To become a star in Hollywood and realise the American Dream, you often have to adopt a persona and leave your true self behind. That’s the experience of Monroe Stahr, the central character in Amazon Prime’s lavish new period drama The Last Tycoon, a wunderkind studio executive who ditches his Jewish name (Milton Sternberg) and heritage in order to metamorphose into a power player in the golden age of cinema. But for Mr Matt Bomer, who plays Stahr in the 10-episode adaptation of Mr F Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel, the opposite is true.

After making his name on US TV, most notably as a suave conman in 81 episodes of White Collar and then in 13 episodes of American Horror Story, Mr Bomer found international recognition in 2012 playing a ripped male stripper who drives women crazy in Magic Mike and its equally wild 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL. In a demonstration of his range, that same year he won a Golden Globe for his moving performance as HIV/AIDS sufferer Felix Turner in the HBO film The Normal Heart. But his “first real acting role” was to spend several years as a young man growing up in a loving, conservative Christian family in Bible Belt Texas pretending he was straight.

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Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer talks “The Last Tycoon” to USA Today
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Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer talks “The Last Tycoon” to USA Today

Amazon is picking up the pen where F. Scott Fitzgerald left off.

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.”

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Matt is guest on “Watch What Happens Live”
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Matt is guest on “Watch What Happens Live”

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!)

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