The spin-off series to American Horror Story started over a week ago, and Matt is part of the two-part series premiere! It took us back to the Murder House with the same eerie ambiance. Check out high-resolution screencaps in our gallery!
Two weeks ago, Matt shared on his Instagram a sneak peek on a new photoshoot with John Russo. Fast forward to today, the shoot is out and it’s gorgeous as expected! I’m so glad we still got to be blessed with a new photoshoot this year. Check out outtakes in our gallery, and the interview below!
Q: With Gay themed movies few are far between how did you initially hear about this project?
A: Ryan Murphy reached out to me back in 2017 and told me about the project and asked if I would be a part of a reading of the play in New York. I had no knowledge of the play prior to the reading, so I suppose I was able to come to it without any preconceived notions.
Q: When you were approached with this project did you have any doubts about taking this role?
A: I loved the creative team from the start, many of whom were friends of many years, but it took me a while to warm up to the piece. I thought it was wickedly funny from the first read through. Once I understood what the world was like for these men in 1968, months before Stonewall, and the oppression and ‘other-ness’ they were suffering from society, all of their behavior made sense to me. I thought it was amazing that Mart had captured so many different gay men in one piece- you don’t see that even in 2020. I also realized how much of my career I owe to Mart Crowley and the original cast, who were so courageous in telling this story in 1968, when it was unprecedented to do so. It was important for me to be a part of this particular cast 50 years later.
Q: When you heard the cast was going to be mainly, if not all, gay men, what was your reaction?
A: I didn’t know what to expect, because, sadly, it was so foreign to me to be in this kind of work environment. I knew all of them were either my friends or peers whom I respected, so I was excited to get to collaborate with them. What I love about this particular group of men is that no one approached the film or play as if it were ‘important’, we all just rolled up our sleeves and got to work on the play like you would with any ensemble. But there was a familiarity, a shared language and life experience, that I really feel informed the work in a great way, and ultimately made me more comfortable in my own skin.
Q: Two very successful gay themed films, “Brokeback Mountain” and “Call me by your name” had straight men playing gay roles. Although Hollywood has come a long way in creating visibility for gay characters. The one thing it lacks is actually casting Gay men to play Gay roles.
A: I started working in the theater at 17. Everyone played everything. But I understand the importance of people all across the LGBTQ spectrum having access and opportunity to get to play these roles. If you can’t get in the room, you can’t get the part. So, everyone needs the opportunity, and then let them cast the person they feel is best for the role.
Q: The film takes place in NYC in 1968, You got a taste of what gay life was in that time versus current day. What do you think are the main differences in the two eras? Gay life then versus now.continue reading
A: It was massively different for these men. The societal oppression was immense- that’s why you had the explosion of Stonewall. For starters, homosexuality was considered a mental illness until 1973. Dancing with a same sex partner in public could land you in jail. Names were written in the newspaper to shame people. The government and the military wouldn’t hire openly LGBTQ people. So many of the rights we have today are because of the brave souls who stood up during this time, and of course through the subsequent decades as well. That’s why I wanted to be a part of this: I don’t believe we’d be able to do this film in 2020 with an all openly gay cast if it weren’t for Mart having the courage to tell this story in 1968, and everything that transpired after.
The cast of the upcoming film, The Boys in the Band, spoke exclusively with Attitude Magazine to discuss the film and the conversations surrounding LGBTQ representation and equality they hope the movie will spark. The feature also includes new images from the film. Check them out, along with scans, in our gallery!
Last August 24th, Matt joined volunteers at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to kick off the #FoodForThought Campaign in a partnership with the California Milk Processor Board to help provide one million meals and one million servings of milk to feeding programs throughout California. Check out photos in our gallery! Also, Matt spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the campaign.
I saw the images of you visiting the food bank. How was it?
It was an amazing experience. It was so great to get to meet the volunteers and see the people who are out there every day, risking their lives to help others. They run a really tight ship over there. It’s all run really safely and it was great to get to be a part of it, if only for a moment. I already committed myself to come back for the holidays.
That’s amazing. I know you’ve done a lot of service work in the past, did it take on any special significance to show up during this time?
I think we’ve all wondered at this time when so much is in flux and we’re living in a completely unprecedented time, what can we do to help? How can we give back? What can we give of ourselves? That’s why this particular initiative really spoke to me. It’s so easy. In the time it takes you to take a selfie, you can mention @GotMilk on Instagram and feed 10 people. I want people to know that now through September 30, each hashtag #FoodForThought mission of kindness that’s shared or engaged with on Instagram, and that mentions @GotMilk generates a $1 Feeding America donation from the California Milk Processor Board to help contribute meals toward people in need. They’re trying to get to that one million meals goal. It takes five seconds to open a door for somebody and take a picture of it and put it on Instagram, and you would be feeding 10 people right now of the 4.2 million who are in need.
Your career has gone so well for so long, and you’ve stayed working at a pretty hectic pace. With the pandemic forcing so much time at home, that can sometimes lead to introspection. Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself during this time?
We’ve all been forced into a place of introspection at this time. I think we’ve all also realized that we’re more resilient than maybe we even thought we were. It’s been an amazing time to sit and listen to voices that need to be heard and to try to find ways to give back. I know that for me, my life is so transient as an actor, this is the longest I’ve gone without being on an airplane to a faraway place. The silver lining in all of this, for me, is the amount of quality time I’ve had with our family and getting to be there for so many great moments. A lot of the creativity that I would put into work is now being used in just trying to figure out how to keep our kids engaged on a day-to-day basis and giving them a sense of structure. I take piano lessons, I’ve been writing and working on things in development. So, there are ways. You can’t stop Hollywood. Things keep grinding along.
You’ve stayed busy with a lot of virtual events, the DC FanDome, appearances for charity …
It’s almost become a part-time job, just recording videos for people, public service announcements, messages for people’s charities, initiatives, things like that. It’s become more or less a part-time job for me now. I’m more than happy to do it.
How do you manage the requests?
Most people come to me personally, usually via Instagram. Sometimes they’ll come through a publicist, but it’s usually personal messaging. What am I going to do? Say no? “Sorry, I can’t record that video. I have to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or macaroni and cheese at 1 p.m.” It’s not like I’m out gallivanting around the world on location somewhere. There’s no right or wrong way to respond to the crisis that we’re in. There’s nothing wrong with not doing anything. But for me, I personally needed to feel like I could help in some way or wanted to try to feel like I could contribute in whatever way I could, even if it just meant recording a silly minute long video.
The stills from the film version of Boys in the Band were just released. It’s such a beloved property, coming off the Tony win, now with the film version. Will there be any surprises for diehard fans?
It was such a blessing [to film]. I don’t know if I’ll ever in my career again get a chance to work with the same cast and director from a stage production on a film. Obviously, it’s a completely different medium, it’s a much more intimate medium. Lines that you played to the back of the house, you can’t play that way in a close-up. So we were fortunate that we had this incredible sense of trust and ensemble in each other, having done a show eight times a week. That really informed the work we did on film. It gave us permission to take risks in front of each other. We had this incredible director in Joe Mantello, who knew how to calibrate things from stage to film. There are new aspects of the piece that I think are new, but it’s also really stayed really true to the source material, which is wise because Mart Crowley wrote a really groundbreaking, phenomenal play that I think is important and deserving of its place in our theatrical history.
Work-wise, what’s the next thing on your slate when production resumes?
It’s really in flux. There are things at different levels of development. There’s an independent film that I’ve been attached to for years, that one day I’ll get a call, but it’s going at the end of October and the next day I’ll get a call, “Oh, it’s not going.” And then the next day I’ll get a call, “Wait, we think it’s going to happen in November.” So it’s so much, you really can’t get caught up in the sturm und drang of it, and the drama of the day-to-day. I am grateful that there will be stuff coming down the line at some point.
After seven episodes, we got to see OG Larry Trainor again, even for a short time. Well, it would be a shame not to see him in an episode focused on fatherhood, wouldn’t it? Check out screencaps in our gallery! This season originally consisted ten episodes, but due to the crisis, production got cut short and they weren’t able to finish the tenth episode in time. So don’t miss the season finale next week!
Sorry for the delay on these, the new season of Doom Patrol premiered last week on HBO Max with its first three episodes. Matt still voices Larry Trainor, but he only made an appearance physically on the first episode. These first few episodes have been quite sad for Larry. Check out high-resolution screencaps in our gallery!
Hey guys! Apologies if I’m taking too long on the updates. HBO Max has officially launched today, so you can catch the entire first season of Doom Patrol on the new streaming service! The second season will also be available there as the new episodes will be released simultaneously with DC Universe.
Anyhow, I have updated the gallery with promotional images, high-quality stills and high-resolution screencaps from the first season. I only included those of Matt’s appearances as Larry Trainor. Check them out, enjoy!
Matt participated in GLAAD’s Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone livestream event, which aims to raise funds for more than 250 LGBTQ centers. It was hosted by Billy Eichner and Lilly Singh. Matt appeared for about five minutes, and talked about coming out publicly, growing up in Texas, and much more. You can watch his interview below, and I have also added two official images in the gallery!
Matt returned for three more episodes in the tenth season of Will & Grace, and came back for two more in the show’s final season, including the series finale that aired last Thursday. Check out our gallery for stills and high-resolution screencaps!
This season of The Sinner has reached its conclusion. That scene between Jamie and Harry was sad to watch, and the final sequence showed how much Jamie has impacted Harry’s life. Matt did an amazing job, undoubtedly. I have updated the gallery with stills and screencaps from the season finale!