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The Last Tycoon reveals Hollywood’s Golden Boy

The Last Tycoon reveals Hollywood’s Golden Boy

Matt Bomer enbraces role as 1930s Jewish producer in F. Scott Fitzgerald novella.
By Frazier Moore to Toronto Star

When he landed the lead in The Last Tycoon, Matt Bomer had never read the timeless F. Scott Fitzgerald novella on which the series is based. But by chance, he had just finished an other celebrated novel set in 1930s Hollywood, Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust.

“I was contemplating the themes both books deal with: How do you mantain your artistry in such a commercial industry as the movies – and can you? And I was thinking about how much Hollywood has changed since that time period. And how little has really changed.”

Before long, Bomer would be poring over Fitzgerald’s prose to prepare for his Last Tycoon portrayal.

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Matt Bomer’s Tycoon Costumes Were Breathtaking!

Matt Bomer’s Tycoon Costumes Were Breathtaking!

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.”

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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.”

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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: ‘Last Tycoon’ could take place ‘in 1936 or 2017 seamlessly’

Matt Bomer: ‘Last Tycoon’ could take place ‘in 1936 or 2017 seamlessly’

By Karen Butler to UPI

Matt Bomer says the 1930s-era film producer he plays in the new Amazon drama The Last Tycoon is trying to achieve immortality against a ticking clock.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished, Hollywood-set novella, the series co-stars Kelsey Grammer, Lily Collins and Dominique McElligott. It is to premiere in its entirety Friday.

Bomer, 39, plays Monroe Stahr, a successful movie man with a congenital heart condition and a late actress wife he is trying to replace.

“Whether he is even aware of it or not, he is still so devastated by the loss of Minna, he is willing to project her on to Kathleen [McElligott,] without even really knowing that he is and I think that so much of his through line in this piece is about trying to achieve immortality, trying to put his stamp on the world and a big part of that was being able to create a star,” Bomer told UPI in a round-table interview in New York Monday.

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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.