Paid to dress well
Actor Matt Bomer dropped into the studios on Friday afternoon for a recorded interview. If you haven't watched his series White Collar, now entering its sixth and final season, do yourself a favor and check it out (sadly not available on Netflix Canada but I ended up watching it when I was in the U.S. and by buying a few seasons on iTunes). A lot of people think White Collar was inspired by a show created by a friend of mine called Leverage. Both shows are poppy and stylish and are more about the characters than the heists they pull. IN the case of White Collar Matt plays one of the world's greatest con artists and high end thieves. He makes a deal to get out of jail so long as he helps his minder (played by Tim Dekay) solve crimes and stays out of trouble. Along the way there are some great overarching stories about lost treasures, sunken Nazi submarines and National Treasure worthy scavenger hunts.
What makes White Collar work is the chemistry of the cast members and it doesn't hurt that Matt's character is dressed so well that there are websites about "how to dress like Neil Caffrey".
The reason Bomer was in town was to promote the debut on Sunday of The Normal Heart a movie you can now watch on demand from HBO Canada. The Normal Heart is based on a play by Larry Kramer and it's largely based on his life. When the AIDS epidemic surfaced in New York in the early 1980s Kramer was furious that no-one -including the gay community- seemed interested in doing anything about it. The play debuted in 1985 and was notable for its raw anger and speechifying. It says a lot about actor Mark Rufalo (who plays the Kramer character) and director Ryan Murphy that the movie version doesn't deviate a lot from the original text but it doesn't seethe for two hours.
Matt and I spoke for about 15 minutes about both of the big projects in his life. You can listen here. And if you see Matt on the streets of Toronto from time to time don't be surprised: he married a guy from Richmond Hill.