On May 30, a celebration for the 50th anniversary of The Boys in the Band was held at The Second Floor in New York and Matt attended, alongside the whole play cast. You can find over 100 HQ images in our gallery now.
Earlier in May, right when the guys started to promote The Boys in the Band, Matt joined Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells on Today Show for an interview about the show. Watch it below, and check our gallery for pictures and screen captures.
When The Boys in the Band opens on the Great White Way this month, it will be one hell of a celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the Off Broadway debut with a hotly anticipated cast that comprises only openly gay actors. Roughly a month out from opening night, however, the troupe has yet to move into the Booth Theatre. They’re not even in New York. Instead, the production has temporarily relocated to Downtown Los Angeles to make life easier for lead Jim Parsons, who’s busy filming The Big Bang Theory. Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, too, is double-booked, recording a voiceover for an upcoming series. Meanwhile, Andrew Rannells (of Girls fame) is about to drop a PBS concert special, and Matt Bomer (Magic Mike) is spending his few available hours with his three kids.
This scheduling madness is one reason why Boys promises to be a treat: There probably won’t be another chance to see together onstage this caliber of actors from Hollywood’s first out-and-proud generation—or at least not anytime soon.
The first of its kind, Mart Crowley’s 1968 drama follows a droll but tortured group of gay men during a birthday gone wrong. (Parsons plays the host and Quinto the birthday boy in an emotionally cramped Upper East Side apartment.) The original production boasted tons of buzz and a 1,000-plus-date Off Broadway run, but Boys wasn’t without its critics. LGBT groups protested the 1970 film adaptation, directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist), citing its dour depiction of gay life. While each actor in the 2018 revival has wrestled with the play, each, too, seems to have evolved alongside his role. For Bomer, who’s making his Broadway debut, Boys has encouraged him to revisit his own coming-of-age. Parsons is forthright in admitting his initial hesitation, while Rannells, the stage veteran of the bunch, is endearingly confident. Quinto, cited by castmates as the most introspective, is just that. As one of the first productions to put queerness front and center, Boys continues to be meaningful, especially for its players. It takes no time for them to start sermonizing on why this historically polarizing story still feels necessary five decades on.
Written By LucianaComments Off on Matt covers BHL Magazine
Matt is on cover of BHL Magazine, in its Summer issue. You can grab your digital copy via Issuu, or subscribe. The pictures used was part of the Todd Snyder Fall campaign, and you can find it in high quality in our gallery as well.
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The trailer for Anything was released this week! Based on McNeil’s 2007 play of the same name, the film casts John Carroll Lynch as Early, a heartbroken widower who attempts to get his life back together after the sudden death of his wife. That includes a move to Hollywood, where he meets charming next door neighbor Freda (Bomer), tentatively embarking on a relationship with the trans sex worker that few other people in his life understand.
“Anything” opens in New York in May 11 and Los Angeles and other markets on May 18.
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Matt Bomer is one of 10 dynamic icons from all corners of the industry starring in the new spring 2018 campaign for 7 For All Mankind. His ad features his handwritten quote, “Don’t be afraid to go down the rabbit hole.” The official website has also a page dedicated to him, with some other quotes.
Watch the campaign below, and also check pictures added in our gallery.
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The American Crime Story episode Matt made his directorial debut, Creator/Destroyer, aired last March 13. FX released a video with some behind-the-scenes look of Matt on set, which you can watch below:
Matt also gave several interviews about his work behind the cameras.
TVLine – “I wanted the producers to know I was taking this seriously, that they weren’t just putting the camera in the hands of somebody who was just hoping to cruise by,” he says. “I called my representatives who were talking about acting jobs, and I told them, ‘Put everything on hold. This is what I’m doing, this is it.’”
Bomer’s episode chronicles Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan’s radically different upbringings, showing how “success brought out the worst in Andrew and the best in Gianni.”
“We want to see [Andrew] as a three-dimensional human being,” Bomer says, “but the real challenge of this episode is: Can we sympathize with a monster and see that he was also a victim? We’re all ultimately responsible for the decisions we make and the actions we take, but this is someone who was near to violence at a very young age, who was treated like a spouse by both his mother and his father. The central question of this episode is: What makes one person a creator and one person a killer?”
Variety – What was the biggest thing you learned about directing by working on “Versace”?
I think I learned my process — or at least the beginnings of my process, which is a huge thing. Now I know I can do it. The first cut was 90 minutes, which we shot in 12 days, which is a lot — a lot! We had to cut it down to 60 minutes. But I think a huge part of it is just getting it done that first time, and I’m so lucky that I was able to rely on the DGA, to rely on professionals in the industry who were generous enough to say, “Here’s how to do it.” I read all of these books, and I kind of created my own way to approach a scene. A lot of it is the script you’re given, and you have to develop a technique, and this was a safe environment in which to do [that] because I had worked with so many of these people before, and I knew the talent they had.
With a 90-minute director’s cut of the episode, was there anything you wish you could have left in?
There was a scene with older Gianni and his mother, and it was really beautiful, but it kind of came in toward the end after we hadn’t seen him for two or three acts. All of a sudden he was there, and it sort of took us out of the story we were so invested in with Andrew getting to Manila and getting to his father. And at a certain point you have to whittle down to what serves the theme the most.
He also talked about his other projects with USA Today while promoting Versace:
USA Today – Q: In April, you’ll be on Broadway for a 50th-anniversary presentation of The Boys in the Band, a 1968 play about a group of gay men produced by Murphy and also starring Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells.
Bomer: This is an important piece of our history. A lot of my LGBT history started with the AIDS movement, ACT UP and Torch Song Trilogy. I didn’t know about pre-Stonewall (1969) gay life because so much was in the shadows. (Boys) isn’t about all gay people in the 1960s, but a specific group on this night. You have to understand there was an incredible amount of turmoil, frustration, anger and self-loathing built up because they were told by society they were not equals. They could not even dance together in public without being arrested. … It’s important to remember how far we’ve come, the fact that it’s an entirely openly gay cast of actors telling the story now, which would have been unimaginable 50 years ago.
Q: You squeezed in two film roles in recent months, too?
Bomer: Vulture Club is about a woman (Susan Sarandon) whose (journalist) son is taken hostage by the Taliban. She discovers a group called the Vulture Club that is there to help her find different avenues to bring him home. I play a foreign correspondent who is close to her son and spearheads the campaign. … Papi Chulo is about loneliness. I play a Los Angeles weatherman who has a nervous breakdown on camera and then ends up forming an unlikely friendship with a migrant worker. It’s a dark comedy, moments of real pathos and moments of just comedy.
Some promotionals, screen captures and on set images has been added to the gallery: