Sparks fly when Matt Bomer (The Last Tycoon, White Collar, Magic Mike) visits the Above Average offices, and a quick interaction with his biggest fan, Rob King, changes his life…and his heart, forever.
YAHOO – There’s no doubt that if it’s a fantastic period wardrobe you’re looking for, Emmy-winning Mad Men and Deadwood designer Janie Bryant is the go-to costumer.
Matt Bomer, star of Amazon’s new drama The Last Tycoon, couldn’t agree more about the “incredible” wardrobe Bryant designed for him and his castmates. The sharp duds he wears as 1930s Hollywood producer Monroe Stahr in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final novel, in fact, often left the Golden Globe winner literally breathless.
“You hold yourself differently when you’re wearing an impeccably tailored, double-breasted suit,” Bomer tells Yahoo TV in the video above. “Where the waistline is, how the pants fall, and the shoes you wear all affect the movement of the character.
“The tougher part is, there were times that it was so tailored that breathing became an issue, so I guess that’s the hardest part about it, making sure I can breath.”
Bomer, who says Bryant’s work “informs your physical life as an actor and just brings you right into [the character],” lost weight to portray Stahr, a slim man who’s been dealing with a serious health issue his whole life.
“It was a bit of a physical undertaking to inhabit the role. He’s had a congenital heart defect since birth, and so, hasn’t been able to go to the gym and exercise, and has to be careful about his physical status,” says the actor, whose Last Tycoon character was written by Fitzgerald as a fictionalized biography of legendary producer Irving Thalberg. “So not only was that something to keep in mind in the scenes, but I also had to lose some weight.
“It was more a dietary thing. Walking, a lot of walking, and laying off the exercise, really. But all of that is part of the fun of going role to role. I’ve done it before, and it’s an enjoyable process. It didn’t inhibit the work at all, it allowed me to, hopefully, dig in a little deeper.”
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.”
Matt has been busy in the last two weeks doing his promotional tour for The Last Tycoon, and several videos has popped up. I’m going to reunite them all on this post. Enjoy!
Matt graced last night The Late Late Show with James Corden, as part of the ongoing promotion of The Last Tycoon. Check below the interview, as well screen captures in our gallery.
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!)
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.
Watch below a live streaming that just ended with the cast of The Last Tycoon at 92nd Street Y
Hello, friends! Matt visited this morning the Live with Kelly and Ryan, to talk about The Last Tycoon, that’s starring this Friday!
Watch the full interview below: