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Matt Bomer on Man Against Nature in Walking Out and His New Job

Matt Bomer on Man Against Nature in Walking Out and His New Job

Parade magazine has published a new interview with Matt, in order of the Walking Out release today.

Read it below, and also check additional stills and posters from the movie in our gallery.

With your background, how did you prepare for this man-against-nature role?

I love the outdoors and I love Montana, so I went up early with Alex Smith, one of the twin brother directors of the film, and we did some outdoor activities with some real Montanans. People who were living the life or a reasonable facsimile of the life that Cal lived. So we fished, I went on a hunting trip with them and we talked. I tried to get inside their heads a little bit.

Other than that, it was really an experiential shoot. This was something that everyone did for the love of the piece. There were no trailers; there were no cast chairs. You came in, you got ready, and you stood in the snow on the mountain in Montana in between takes while the snow fell.

What was it like to work in all that snow?

I really liked it. I was really grateful that I was healthy. I didn’t want to get sick on such a short shoot but we had great set costumers taking care of us with heating pads strapped to our bodies when it got really cold. The rest of the time, you wanted it to be in that immersive experience. You want to be that cold. It is one less thing you have to think about as an actor in a scene where the character is experiencing a similar circumstance.

The activity in the film is this father/son hunting trip, so it seems to be more about forging a father/son bond or maybe connecting in general, putting down your phone and having human connections than actually hunting.

Yes, it is absolutely about connections. Both the characters in the film have preconceived notions of how they are going to connect. David is more reticent about it but Cal really feels that he has to instill these values and principles in his son; he has to pass them on. What they realize during the course of the film is that a lot of real bonding happens under the most dire circumstances. When everything you presuppose and everything you try to project on an event goes out the window, you really are left with your most raw self.

As a father of three, what did you take away from this particular relationship between father and son?

I drew from my father a lot for this in an interesting way, particularly because our sons are a bit younger than David’s character in the film. So a lot of it was what I drew from my relationship from my father. I think what I took from it was Josh Wiggins is one of my favorite people I have ever worked with. We had a blast together.

My favorite nature scene is when the deer comes up to Cal. That really got me.

That was just one of those magic moments that you pray for and you hope that the gods come through. We were out on this property and they said, “We have this tame deer. She is very curious. She may or may not come up to you.” So, I had to sit at the bottom of this tree while they rolled the cameras and hope that this deer would approach me. For whatever reason, miraculously, she did. That was the take we got. It was a really spiritual experience. It was towards the end of the shoot and I had a pretty good experience of what my character was and you hope that you can avail yourself in that moment.

It was sad that The Last Tycoon was canceled but it actually ended in a good place.

It had always been a dream to do a [F. Scott] Fitzgerald piece and the fact that I got to do it with a bucket list of professionals that I always wanted to work with across the board — behind the camera and in front of the camera; above the line, below the line — so I am incredibly grateful for that experience. The fact that we had nine hours of Fitzgerald, how many people can say that they did that?

How have you been preparing for your directorial debut?

I am in my directing office right now and I am going to start tomorrow. I poured over thousands of pages of books, I shadowed some really talented, generous, wonderful directors, and I am in the world of Ryan Murphy, so you have some of the most incredible professionals you could have working with you. I am excited and terrified and I haven’t really been this thrilled about anything in this industry for awhile, so it’s been a great way to shake up my creative spirit.

I’ve heard that Ryan is good about giving opportunities to first-time directors. How did it come about that this was yours?

He is just one of those people who is so generous of spirit. Truly. I think he knew I had been in this medium of episodic for 20 years, and he knew that I really extensively prepare for everything that I do, and for whatever reason, he saw qualities in me that he felt would work well as an episodic director.

He called me out of the blue and said, “What do you think about directing it?” I was flabbergasted and blown away and I just very humbly said, “I can’t thank you enough. I will do my best to be prepared and come through. Obviously, he’s been a very big influence in my life and, in large part, he’s been an architect of my career in many ways.

What about the murder of Gianni Versace will make people want to watch?

There is so much I didn’t know. There are so many reasons people are going to watch. There are so many incredible performances going on and the writing is unparalleled. But there is so much about the story that I didn’t understand the specifics of it in the larger context of what was going on in the time period. I am excited for people to see it.

It also has sex, money and fashion.

All the things that excites and titillates but it also has some real substance and nuance to it that will keep people coming back for more.

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

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.”

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

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Matt is guest on “Watch What Happens Live”

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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Matt Bomer Playing ‘Charades’ on Jimmy Fallon

Matt Bomer Playing ‘Charades’ on Jimmy Fallon

Hello, friends! Matt visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, to promote his new show The Last Tycoon. Before the interview he took part of the usual games Fallon promotes on his show, alongside Jessica Biel and Kelsea Ballerini. Watch below them playing the Charades, also the full interview.

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TV Alert: Next Appearances

TV Alert: Next Appearances

We’re just at 10 days away from The Last Tycoon premiere – it will premiere next July 28 on Amazon – and Matt will be making his rounds on TV shows to promote it. So, check your DVD-Rs:

Live with Kelly and Ryan – July 24
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – July 25

This post will be updated, if more appearances are confirmed.

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Matt talks “The Last Tycoon” with Men’s Fitness

Matt talks “The Last Tycoon” with Men’s Fitness

In another interview published today, Matt sat with Men’s Fitness to talk on what attracted him to the role, his appreciation of 1930s, and his secret to staying calm, cool, and collected under pressure in any of life’s tricky situations.

What were your thoughts when you first accepted this role? How excited were you?

I was really flattered that they reached out to me. I’m a huge Fitzgerald fan as almost everyone, I think. It’s intimidating to interpret his prose and to bring it onto the screen and interpret an iconic character of his. But thankfully I had Billy Ray who is just a brilliant writer and director. I’ve been a fan of his since a movie called Shattered Glass that he did I think in early 2000s, I’m not sure, for whatever reason he thought I was the right guy for the role, and it was a real honor to get to be his avatar and collaborate with him on this and help try to bring his vision to life. It’s a story that he’d been living with for a really long time, and I think he very wisely took this great structure we have now where you can take a novel and make it a 10-part series as opposed to one 2-hour open and closed film and where they open up the world and the relationships and the characters that I thought had a lot of room to grow, so I was really excited to work on it.

What do you think life would look like for you if you actually lived in the 1930s?

Well it depends. I mean it’s an incredible, it’s one of my favorite things about getting to be a part of this piece. I love any period piece but the 1930s, especially 1936 when this takes place, was an incredibly rich place around the world. You had the Spanish Civil War going on, Hitler was rising to power in Europe, you’re at the height of the Great Depression and here you are in Hollywood where business is booming, So, you know, it depends, I could be, you know, suffering through a Hooverville in the height of the Great Depression or I could be a young studio executive and business is booming. I think there is in American landscape at the time, if you’re talking about our country in particular, it was you know, really, really bipolar in terms of what your experience could be as a human being, and I think that’s something they really tried to pick up and express and show in the piece.

Check the full interview at Men’s Fitness website.

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Matt Bomer talks “The Last Tycoon” with OUT

Matt Bomer talks “The Last Tycoon” with OUT

In another interview released today, Matt talked to OUT about straight roles, pride, & the greatness of Montgomery Clift.

The show displays a dark side of Hollywood. Is this a realistic view or is it more cynical?

I think Fitzgerald was never appreciated in his time the way we appreciate him now and I think his experience in Hollywood as a writer was probably a frustrating one in some regards. I don’t feel that. I feel it’s more realism, to be honest with you, and what’s shocking to me is how little has changed in some regards. What goes into the decision to cast a certain person or to make a certain movie or not make a certain movie because of what’s going on in society or politics and which markets you need to appeal to, those things are really relevant even today. I’ve seen them. I’ve been blessed by them and I’ve been a victim of them. To me, I don’t think it’s cynical. At the end of the day it’s called show business and people are going to look after that bottom line to cover their ass.

I feel like you’re casting a new mold as a leading man: you’re out and this is a straight role. How do you feel about that?

Look, first of all, I’m so grateful and inspired by people like Billy Ray and Amazon and Sony who are willing to choose the person they feel best suits the role regardless of what their personal life might be. They choose the artist they want to work with and those are the kinds of people in the business that I want to work with.

I try not to think about it, but you can’t help to not consider it and you can’t help but have it in the back of your head. For me, I tend to be so hard on myself as it is I put so much pressure on myself because I’m always thinking about the next generation and doing a job that will be suitable enough to make sure I’m not the last person who gets this great benefit of the times that we’re living in. Part of my job is just letting go of that and just focusing on the work and doing the best I can and not thinking of myself as anything different or other, just thinking of myself as an actor doing my job.

Last week on James Corden, you told a story about your son. Maybe it was because of Orlando, but I couldn’t help thinking how it’s as important as ever that LGBTQ+ people stay visible, even with a simple anecdote like that.

I just try to treat it as my life and my experience. I know James on a friendly basis. It’s never really been a special or delicate thing to talk about. He has kids so we talk about our lives when I see him and I think in terms of being who you are, it’s obviously a highly subjective matter. A lot of times people want other people to be out and marching in the parade, but sometimes there are things going on in people’s personal lives or interpersonal relationships with their immediate family that make those things very difficult. I think it is important to live your truth but it’s not my place to judge anybody for where they are in terms of finding that truth.

To read the full interview, go to OUT website.

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Matt Bomer Talks “The Last Tycoon” With Vanity Fair

Matt Bomer Talks “The Last Tycoon” With Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair has published a great interview with Matt, in which they talk Fitzgerald, Amazon, Texas, and the pros and cons of being ridiculously good-looking. Check some excerpts below:

How do you latch on to a part like this?

Well, a big part of it was researching Irving Thalberg, and of course revisiting the novel. The character was largely based on Mr. Thalberg, because Mr. Fitzgerald used to work for him. He wrote underneath him at the studio system for a brief period, and was really inspired by this man who had a complete understanding of the [studio] system, and how that operated, and the fact that he was this young wunderkind, this genius at what he did.

Then, a lot of it was taking this incredible world that Billy Ray, who’s phenomenally talented, had opened up in a way that you’re allowed to do when you have 10 episodes or so; to really open up a world, and bring in new storylines and amp up other storylines, and lose some of the ones that don’t serve the medium.

I lost about 25 pounds to play the role, because Monroe, in the novel, is described as a very ascetic, very hyper-disciplined individual who doesn’t eat, really, during the week, and looks as though he just might be on the verge of being incredibly ill. That was something that I took really seriously. I think, at a certain point, they were like, “O.K. Stop. We want you to look nice in your double-breasted suits.”

Can I ask you about the Montgomery Clift biopic? Is that something that’s happening?

It’s in development. We’re working on a new draft at this particular moment in time. It should be ready, I’m being told, by September. It’s really just a matter of getting the story right and not just rushing it out there. I think if Monty’s story were an easy one to tell in a very universal, palatable, and easy way, then it would have been done a long time ago. It is a tricky story to parse out in terms of introducing a new generation to who he was and paying homage to a generation, who already has a good deal of understanding of who he was, and what he meant in the industry.

Do you find that your looks have limited you in a way? Have you had to overcome that because you are just gorgeous, and no one’s going to argue with that?

Well, it’s very hard for me to weigh in on it completely objectively because I don’t think of myself in that light. I don’t say that just to be faux humble. I really don’t. Maybe because I was raised in a very conservative Christian household, where you were never really allowed to be sort of egotistical in that way. I don’t really perceive myself that way, so it has definitely been frustrating when I’ve gotten that feedback, or it’s limited an opportunity, or whatever I’m hearing through the grapevine.

It isn’t something I’ve experienced in theater. I think people in theater are pretty open minded and objective about the talent and what they can bring to the story they want to tell.

There’s much more being discussed so please, check the full interview at Vanity Fair website.