Chat with Matt Bomer of ‘White Collar’
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: If you are a fan of the USA network series ‘White Collar’ then I have some great news for you.
The show, which focuses on the unlikely partnership of con artist Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), returns to the air with new episodes tonight!
Bomer chatted with a small group of us over breakfast last week at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour and shared that the upcoming episodes will have some flashbacks that show the genesis of the relationship between Neal and Agent Burke.
“The fun aspect is we get to go into the past to sort of fill in the blanks and how our relationship came to be,” he said.
And here’s a scoop: Matt as Neal will sing a duet with the character’s landlady who is played by the legendary TV, film and stage star Diahann Carroll.
“It was a pretty surreal experience,” Matt told me. “It was one of those things that the writers were able to work in organically and it as really fun.”
He mentioned the singing after I told him how impressive his singing was on the Kennedy Center Honors program which aired on CBS last month. He was among a group of performers (the others included Angela Lansbury, Carol Channing, Chita Rivera, Matthew Morrison and many others) who paid tribute to honoree Jerry Herman.
“That as an amazing experience to get to be a part of,” he said. “To get to honor Jerry Herman was really amazing. I had worked with the director 10 years ago which was probably the last time I had sung on a stage and he remembered me and asked me to be a part of it. I thought it would be unpatriotic to say no.”
Now we all know that not only is Matt terrific in the role of Neal, he’s also a very handsome man with a rockin’ body.
But he doesn’t see himself as a sex symbol and isn’t eager to tear his shirt off for just any old reason.
“We’ve fought really hard to sort of postpone that as much as possible or keep at bay as much as possible,” he said of beefcake scenes. “I don’t think anyone on our show thinks of themselves that way. My question is always, ‘Well, if it’s organic to the scene and the moment then that’s great.’ If it’s milked or excessive that’s kind of odd. If it informs a relationship that’s great but I don’t think any of us think of ourselves that way. I think we tried to keep clothed as much as possible.”
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