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Matt Bomer Talks WHITE COLLAR, MAGIC MIKE, & GLEE
Matt Bomer has had a good couple years. After knocking around TV limbo, doing soap operas and run on NBC’s Chuck, he finally found his groove on the USA con-man show White Collar with Tim DeKay. Dekay’s work on Carnivàle and as Bizarro Jerry Seinfeld speaks for itself, and I’m glad that he has finally found a show to give him the recognition he deserves. But it’s equally nice, if not more so, to see this Bomer kid (I’m all of two months older than he) have his career come together before he got stuck in day-time TV land.
Of course, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences might disagree, as they have historically been reluctant to award those coveted Emmys to shows on basic-cable networks like USA. Bomer’s theory is they have no sense of humor, and I’d be inclined to agree. Bomer recently spoke with TVLine and said, “I don’t think it’s fair because, to me, they are dramatic shows with elements of humor.” He goes on to say that, even though this sort of show rings as more realistic–no one’s life is a non-stop drama parade; there are always lighter elements in this thing called life–when a show is competing against other, more “serious” shows (Bomer wisely declined to name any examples), this perceived lightheartedness doesn’t really stand much of a chance. Which is a drag, but Bomer’s certainly not letting this stop him.
He also discussed his recent appearance on your kid sister’s favorite show, Glee, which I could give a poop about, but I did find it interesting that ol’ Eric Stoltz directed the episode he was in. Apparently, Stoltz has done a few episodes of this show, with which I have no problem, so long as the guy has a job. Bomer described Stoltz pretty much as how I imagine him, a dedicated professional who seeks to squeeze all the performance out of and all the fun into each project he takes on.
Bomer also discussed his upcoming appearance in Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike, which we’re all eagerly anticipating down here at the offices, and not just because we appreciate the form of the human body. Speaking of directors who get the full performance out of their actors, Steven Soderbergh has yet to make a movie that was less than solid, even if some are better than others. Appearing in a film by such a highly regarded director couldn’t possibly hurt Bomer’s career or White Collar‘s chances of being taken more seriously.
All in all, looks to me like Matt Bomer has done very well for himself lately and will continue to do so for many years to come. Here’s hoping.