Anyone familiar with the book, Fellow Travelers?
New role for Matt Bomer
|by Anonymous||reply 148||September 17, 2021 1:49 AM|
It’s 1950s Washington, D.C.: a world of bare-knuckled ideology and secret dossiers, dominated by personalities like Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Joe McCarthy. Enter Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. An encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job and, after Fuller’s advances, his first love affair. As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on “sexual subversives” in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. Moving between the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO’s front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is a searing historical novel infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and genuine heartbreak.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||September 7, 2021 10:22 PM|
Foggy Bottom, that makes my ears perk up!
|by Anonymous||reply 2||September 7, 2021 10:24 PM|
It's a classic story between an older gay man and a younger gay man (both closeted) set to all of the events of the time period.
The older one is slutty and experienced (and eventually married) and the younger one is naive. He makes the mistake of falling in love with the older one who will never settle down and spends a lot of time just using the younger one.
It's very Call Me By Your Name but to the tune of politics instead of a place in Italy.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||September 7, 2021 10:48 PM|
Thanks R3. Sounds like something I might enjoy since I’m a political junkie.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||September 7, 2021 11:22 PM|
Looking forward to it.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||September 7, 2021 11:48 PM|
Poor Matt's been typecast to gay roles.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||September 8, 2021 12:00 AM|
What’s wrong with that? Anyway, I thought gay roles should only be played by gay actors.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||September 8, 2021 12:20 AM|
[quote] I thought gay roles should only be played by gay
And those faggots should stay in the closet!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||September 8, 2021 12:28 AM|
It's a really good book! When it came out I remember thinking that it would make a great movie
|by Anonymous||reply 9||September 8, 2021 12:30 AM|
Lindsey Graham will make a cameo as Roy Cohn
|by Anonymous||reply 10||September 8, 2021 12:32 AM|
It was turned into an absolutely gorgeous opera that premiered in Cincinnati 5 years ago this summer. A recording taken from those performances was later released.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||September 8, 2021 12:47 AM|
[quote]Poor Matt's been typecast to gay roles.
He's playing a straight guy in the Netflix series he's doing next/now. He was also smart enough to negotiate a producer's credit on this which means more money for him.
Anyone gay or straight would leap to work on a project written by the guy who wrote Philadelphia and the upcoming, much talked about My Policeman. Also as the article says, the production company did "The Mosquito Coast," "We Are Who We Are" and "Young Pope" which all got a lot of attention.
This could either be a great project or it could end up like "The Last Tycoon" which was boring as shit. The book got mostly positive reviews and the negatives usually related to the author focusing too much on history and being too wordy. It's not a happy ending book and they let you know that almost immediately.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||September 8, 2021 12:49 AM|
The article says Bomer will play the older man, but it doesn’t say who will play the younger character.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||September 8, 2021 12:51 AM|
He would be perfect in a series about a Madam Tussaud’s wax figure who comes to life and aspires to be a mediocre actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||September 8, 2021 12:55 AM|
What twink will be playing Matt's love interest? Any suggestions?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||September 8, 2021 12:56 AM|
I enjoyed the novel a lot. Mallon is a complicated person—politically a self-described conservative, but never seems remotely homophobic or self-loathing. Probably thinks of himself first and foremost as an historical novelist who focuses on stories about US politics. His novels do not take “partisan” positions, other than a respect for and also sometimes critical view of the American experiment.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||September 8, 2021 12:57 AM|
[quote]It's very Call Me By Your Name but to the tune of politics instead of a place in Italy.
"Call Me by Your GS Number (until Eisenhower Takes It Away)." Speaking of which, I would not mind seeing Timmy in the younger role.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||September 8, 2021 1:01 AM|
Timmy’s career is still ascendant. He still has a few years before he’s banished to TV.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||September 8, 2021 1:05 AM|
I tried to read the book a few years ago but couldn’t get into it. Hopefully this will be better.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||September 8, 2021 1:06 AM|
I don't know exactly what the question is, but my answer is "Connor Jessup."
|by Anonymous||reply 20||September 8, 2021 1:07 AM|
R20, the question was, “Who’s number is next at the Van Nuys branch of the California Unemployment Department.”
|by Anonymous||reply 21||September 8, 2021 1:10 AM|
I read this when it was first published and remember thinking that it didn't break much more new ground than Advise and Consent did a half century earlier.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||September 8, 2021 1:11 AM|
I feel like it’s good that Matt is primarily doing gay roles. It’s not like they’re straight to on demand or low budget flicks or being typecast in stereotypical gay roles like being someone’s bestie or a screaming queen.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||September 8, 2021 1:15 AM|
Gay face 🌸
|by Anonymous||reply 24||September 8, 2021 1:23 AM|
R22 I loved Advise and Consent. Also Gore Vidal’s Washington DC.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||September 8, 2021 1:48 AM|
Someone needs to do an updated Advise and Consent for the Trump era
|by Anonymous||reply 26||September 8, 2021 1:51 AM|
Roy Cohn and "Tailgunner Joe" appear as characters in the book. Casting suggestions?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||September 8, 2021 2:06 AM|
R18: If he’s lucky. I’m so sick of seeing of this no talent being shoved down our throats.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||September 8, 2021 12:20 PM|
Rear scenes are clearly becoming a requirement in his contract. I guarantee you he will show his butt at some point in this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||September 8, 2021 12:51 PM|
Those creepy dead eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||September 8, 2021 12:53 PM|
Those creepy Dad eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||September 8, 2021 2:00 PM|
Good for Matt. It’s a shame his gay needs keeps him from getting lead roles in movies. You have to be straight and Jewish or black to get quality movie roles it seems.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||September 8, 2021 2:06 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 33||September 8, 2021 2:07 PM|
R32 “gay needs?” What, he can’t stop from having gay sex on set and it ruins everything?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||September 8, 2021 2:10 PM|
R34, It was auto correct.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||September 8, 2021 2:11 PM|
Oh Duckling. AIDS? Again?
It's a terrible idea for a project, stories about right-wing closeted gays simply do not work as the characters are so unsympathetic (see Clint Eastwood's J. Edger).
|by Anonymous||reply 36||September 8, 2021 2:34 PM|
R35 I don’t know, it maybe a typo, but you might have damn well ruined his career for life if any of the tabloids pick up about sick, sad Matt and his “gay needs.”
|by Anonymous||reply 37||September 8, 2021 2:35 PM|
AIDS, R36? AIDS isn't going to happen for another few decades.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||September 8, 2021 2:36 PM|
It literally says AIDS in like the first sentence in Variety.
Ron Nyswaner is adapting the book for the screen and will also serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series. “Fellow Travelers” is described as a political thriller and epic love story that unfolds in the era of McCarthyism and resolves in the age of AIDS.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||September 8, 2021 3:17 PM|
R32, nice trolling there. Most leading actors aren't black or Jewish. But you knew that
|by Anonymous||reply 40||September 8, 2021 3:44 PM|
It takes place in the 50s. It's not about AIDS
|by Anonymous||reply 41||September 8, 2021 3:44 PM|
Fine. You know better than the writer at Variety.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||September 8, 2021 3:54 PM|
[quote]Rear scenes are clearly becoming a requirement in his contract. I guarantee you he will show his butt at some point in this show.
As a producer, he will insist upon it. He may even go full pubes again. Gotta' keep 'em watching!
(There is sex in the book. His character is promiscuous. However, the subject matter doesn't really lend itself to a whole lot of that, especially since it's already obvious they want awards for this project. His character is also 34ish in the book although it takes place over a long period of time. You have to be careful who you cast opposite him or else it could look really awkward.)
|by Anonymous||reply 43||September 8, 2021 8:56 PM|
Is there something for Colton?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||September 8, 2021 8:58 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 45||September 8, 2021 9:01 PM|
Colton will play Foggy Bottom.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||September 9, 2021 12:56 AM|
More like Hoggy Bottom, amirite?
|by Anonymous||reply 47||September 9, 2021 1:46 AM|
Bomer only posted about this project on his IG story today almost like an afterthought. Does he not want to do it? He seemed more excited about this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||September 11, 2021 9:25 PM|
He really does look anamitronic there.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||September 11, 2021 9:31 PM|
R48, he's producing it, of course he wanted to do it
|by Anonymous||reply 50||September 11, 2021 9:54 PM|
They may have offered a vanity EP title just to entice him to attach himself.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||September 11, 2021 9:58 PM|
R48, the project is also only in "development." This is not his first time at the rodeo. This is no different than the Monty Clift project which was also in development with a network and writer attached. When a project is at this stage it could happen. It could also not happen. He's had other projects get stuck here. Once they have scripts complete, a cast in place, etc. Then that's something he could be more excited about. I'm sure he's happy about it but it's still a long way off.
Also that team is focusing on "My Policeman" right now. They finished shooting that in June. It won't even be out until sometime in 2022. They're really just lining up their next project (this) while editing and planning the promotion for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||September 11, 2021 10:21 PM|
Matt is cute. He should be a top daddy.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||September 12, 2021 1:07 AM|
R36 r39, the Fellow Travelers prologue and epilogue take place in 1991, but the rest of the book takes place between 1953 and 1957.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||September 12, 2021 1:28 AM|
Will they ever put a person behind that face?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||September 12, 2021 1:37 AM|
I’ve met him and he is really charming and friendly. Also very good looking in person.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||September 12, 2021 5:16 AM|
What does his ass look like in person, R56?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||September 12, 2021 5:17 AM|
Do you think Matt ever used his penis for penetration?
|by Anonymous||reply 58||September 12, 2021 5:30 AM|
Not with Mr. Peabody. With Rannells, probably, because I can’t imagine that one as a top either.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||September 12, 2021 12:15 PM|
Certainly I am aware of what in development means, you asshole
It just struck me as odd that he sort of sheepishly waited a few days after the announcement and the posted it in his story, basically an afterthought,
|by Anonymous||reply 60||September 12, 2021 12:26 PM|
My husband read this novel and found it boring.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||September 12, 2021 1:29 PM|
[quote] He would be perfect in a series about a Madam Tussaud’s wax figure who comes to life and aspires to be a mediocre actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||September 12, 2021 1:39 PM|
Since this will be on Showtime, will Bomer be displaying any Boner?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||September 12, 2021 1:42 PM|
[quote] The article says Bomer will play the older man, but it doesn’t say who will play the younger character.
What about super booty gay actor Garret Clayton. He has more than enough going on back there for Bomer to bone.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||September 12, 2021 2:08 PM|
Wasn't this novel made into a B&W movie in the 1990s already? I remember it very vaguely though.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||September 12, 2021 2:09 PM|
Fellow Travelers was published in 2007, but the so-called lavender menace could have been the basis for another movie. Or maybe this documentary is what you're remembering, R65?
|by Anonymous||reply 66||September 12, 2021 3:13 PM|
R63: I hope so. I guarantee though that you will see his butt.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||September 13, 2021 12:57 PM|
It is strange and somewhat annoying when you see Rat Boy, Adam Driver, and Benedict Cumberbatch get leading man role after leading man role and this openly gay guy can’t even get an audition for a leading man part. Being openly gay has probably cost him some roles but let’s be honest. He’s not much of an actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||September 13, 2021 1:01 PM|
R64 That's just embaembarrassing. Why would someone dance like that and let the world see?
|by Anonymous||reply 69||September 13, 2021 1:03 PM|
I read the book when it first came out and enjoyed it to a degree but was a bit lost about many of the various real life characters that appear. Mallon doesn't help the reader with a lot of explanation of who they were and what they stood for. Frustrating as the writing is very good and seems evocative of the period. But it still had an emotional pull. I think it'll make a great mini-series and Matt is perfect casting for Hawk.
I also enjoyed his DEWEY BEATS TRUMAN though it suffered (for me) with the same issues of presuming the reader was familiar with all the existing politics, historic incidents and real life characters of the time. Mallon's BANDBOX is his best book. A hilarious satire about the behind the scenes workings of a men's fashion magazine in the 1920s. I think it's his only comic novel and is not reliant on knowing the historical context.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||September 13, 2021 1:25 PM|
[quote] It is strange and somewhat annoying when you see Rat Boy, Adam Driver, and Benedict Cumberbatch get leading man role after leading man role and this openly gay guy can’t even get an audition for a leading man part.
Water in Hollywood eventually finds it own level and Bomer has not shown anything that would put him alongside those actors. Someone on here wrote that his ass is more famous than his acting, which while cruel was not inaccurate.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||September 13, 2021 2:31 PM|
R71, He hasn’t had the chance to. Eat it Chaamalet cannot act his way out of a paper bag neither can Adam Driver.
Even gifted gay actors like Pedro Pascal cannot get lead parts and he’s popular with his own section of str8 fangirls and he’s glass closeted.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||September 13, 2021 2:41 PM|
I have no idea how auto correct turned “Ratboy” into ear it.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||September 13, 2021 2:41 PM|
R72 you realize that arguing that Matt Bomer’s acting is on a level equivalent or greater than Timothée Chalamet or Adam Driver puts you in a very small minority right?
|by Anonymous||reply 74||September 13, 2021 2:53 PM|
What a squared jaw
|by Anonymous||reply 75||September 13, 2021 3:06 PM|
Pedro Pascal would be an a lister if he had a pretty beard. It’s gross that his bestie Oscar Isaac has 4 movies coming out and Pedros biggest project lately has been a wine commercial.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||September 13, 2021 3:08 PM|
Pedro Pascal is the star of a major upcoming HBO scifi series.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||September 13, 2021 3:14 PM|
Is Oscar Isaac considered attractive?
|by Anonymous||reply 78||September 13, 2021 3:26 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 79||September 13, 2021 3:36 PM|
That wide face freaked me out😳
|by Anonymous||reply 80||September 13, 2021 3:51 PM|
Matt has to be the "older man" right?
|by Anonymous||reply 81||September 13, 2021 3:56 PM|
Not if Dr. Myron Rosenzweig has anything to say about it!
|by Anonymous||reply 82||September 13, 2021 4:03 PM|
[quote]Certainly I am aware of what in development means, you asshole
Apparently, you didn't know what it meant R60, or you wouldn't have asked such a stupid question which was answered by telling you that this project is only in development.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||September 13, 2021 4:08 PM|
The book was only 8 dollars on iBooks so I downloaded it. I’m not too impressed. The gorgeous guy falling for the slight, dweeby guy reminds me of the gay romance from Cavalier and Klay - more author wish fulfillment than three dimensional characterization.
Bomer is perhaps already too old for the role- he’s almost twenty years older than the love interest’s age, 23.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||September 13, 2021 5:39 PM|
R74, Matt went to a prestigious acting school. Not sure why people think he's a bad actor, but there are tons of people here who need to pile on openly gay actors while slobbering over mediocre straight (or "straight") ones. Who the hell thinks of Timmy as any kind of genius actor?
|by Anonymous||reply 85||September 13, 2021 5:41 PM|
[quote] Matt went to a prestigious acting school.
And Simon Rex did porn straight out of high school and may get an Oscar nomination this year. What’s your point?
|by Anonymous||reply 86||September 13, 2021 6:18 PM|
R86, what's YOUR point? The Carnegie Mellon drama school is hard to get into, you don't get in if you're not talented
|by Anonymous||reply 87||September 13, 2021 7:18 PM|
While this film (or is it a miniseries?) may only be "in development" the subject matter in these political witch-hunty times couldn't be more pertinent and I'd bet it will get fast-tracked to production. I'm a fan of the book, btw, and Matt is great casting.
Yet I can totally see why a bio film about Monty Clift starring Matt Bomer would remain in development hell. Matt could never capture the aura of Monty. And the audience who knows who Clift was is quickly dying out.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||September 13, 2021 7:55 PM|
I think Richard Madden was interested in doing a Clift pic and would be better casting.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||September 13, 2021 8:17 PM|
[quote]The Carnegie Mellon drama school is hard to get into, you don't get in if you're not talented
He was good enough at singing and acting to get into CMU a few decades ago. While he is talented he doesn't often get the right material and I think that's why people think he's just an okay actor.
[quote]While this film (or is it a miniseries?) may only be "in development" the subject matter in these political witch-hunty times couldn't be more pertinent and I'd bet it will get fast-tracked to production.
Actually, people want shows like Ted Lasso. If you want to get more serious then White Lotus and Hacks. The Only Murders in the Building also comes to mind, which has its serious moments but it is also a lot of fun. Most people don't want political shows right now and are burned out on it as Ryan Murphy is finding out with his Monica Lewinsky series, but he wasn't the only one that has had a political series come out in 2020 or 2021 (so far) which either bombed or people forgot about. (Add to that list anything involving a virus that kills the population is a no-no now.) While I'm sure this show will be good, it will be an uphill climb. It's best not to rush it out. The Monty Clift project would have done better now than this because wouldn't have involved politics at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||September 13, 2021 8:30 PM|
Looking forward to it!
|by Anonymous||reply 91||September 13, 2021 8:33 PM|
[quote] While he is talented he doesn't often get the right material and I think that's why people think he's just an okay actor.
I will disagree with this and argue that he doesn’t bring much to the roles he is given. Most actors don’t have the luxury of having every role tailored to them. They have to bring their own instincts to make even marginal roles stand out. Bomer tends to fade away when he is not the central character, which is why he seems so ill-served in ensembles like Boys in the Band or Magic Mike XXL. God he was awful in that.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||September 13, 2021 10:05 PM|
Kavalier & Clay was of course a much better novel, R84. I still wonder why it's never been adapted to film. Apparently Scott Rudin never got it off the ground, then Stephen Daldry sat on it. It got as far as Ben Whishaw and Andrew Garfield screen testing, Natalie Portman to be signed as Rosa, and then nothing doing for the last decade.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||September 13, 2021 10:20 PM|
Its unfilmable as a theatrical piece. The Chabons are adapting it now as a series for their deal at Showtime.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||September 13, 2021 10:25 PM|
Timmy went to one of the best drama high schools in the country!
|by Anonymous||reply 95||September 13, 2021 10:56 PM|
Brandon Flynn just shot this new black and white magazine spread and he’s giving off James Dean vibes. If there’s to be a biopic it better be a gay or bi actor and he has that emotional range as an actor to pull it off.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||September 13, 2021 11:04 PM|
^ He's hot
|by Anonymous||reply 97||September 13, 2021 11:08 PM|
[quote]He would be perfect in a series about a Madam Tussaud’s wax figure who comes to life and aspires to be a mediocre actor.
I really like Matt and this still made me crack up, thank you for that.
And outgoing hot character falls for endearingly nerdy character is one of my favorite tropes, so I'll be checking this out.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||September 13, 2021 11:12 PM|
What's special about him? Just wondering.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||September 13, 2021 11:41 PM|
CMU Drama has BA and Ma programs. Bomer graduated with a BA. The undergraduate program is not "hard to get into", really, because the applicants are 17, or 18 or 19 and choosing it as their major, after starting at CMU. How much experience can they have? I went to CMU art school for a year. CMU is a great school but 17 and 18 yos are not brilliant in anything, usually.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||September 13, 2021 11:42 PM|
R100, and yet the drama program has a low acceptance rate. Most people who apply don't get in
|by Anonymous||reply 101||September 14, 2021 12:00 AM|
DRAMA undergraduate? Does one even apply specifically for that?
|by Anonymous||reply 102||September 14, 2021 12:02 AM|
[quote] Does one even apply specifically for that?
If one doesn’t, one should. The criteria should be rigorous and hard.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||September 14, 2021 12:05 AM|
R102, yes, most schools with a prestigious drama program require a separate audition, even if you get into the university you don't automatically get into the drama program
|by Anonymous||reply 104||September 14, 2021 12:08 AM|
He's beautiful, but has yet to impress me as an actor. He's not bad and he doesn't make a fool of himself, but he's just not very memorable besides his looks and his ass. Even Zac Efron who's also more known for his looks and body than his actor abilities has shown some life in stuff like Hairspray and The Greatest Showman. Matt just doesn't have any spark. He really is like a Ken doll who came to life. That'd be the perfect role for him.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||September 14, 2021 12:21 AM|
Virtually all arts programs at most universities require auditions and a separate application beyond general admission. Being accepted into the school itself isn't a guaranteed admission to every program it offers. It's been like that for decades.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||September 14, 2021 12:23 AM|
R105, Zac Efron isn't a better actor than Bomer. He didn't do anything in Hairspray except sing badly. The Greatest Showman was an all-around abortion, no one was good in it
|by Anonymous||reply 107||September 14, 2021 12:26 AM|
Efron had natural star quality.
Bomer had the illusion of star quality because of White Collar which was the result of many creative people working together to make him look glamorous and interesting. What you found once he stepped outside the show was a very pretty face & body with nowhere to go. If you just put him in something and hope he sparks, he’ll get pushed to the sidelines. Look at Magic Mike XXL, very little can be said of his role in that movie other than that he was in it. Same with Boys in the Band, where he’s brought onscreen at the beginning of the movie to take off his clothes and then does nothing for two hours. He actually said Ryan Murphy was the architect of his career which I thought was an odd statement given the he’s not one of Murphy’s favorites, until I realized that Murphy did more or less set the pattern of casting him in stuff and then letting him sink on his own shortcomings.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||September 14, 2021 1:10 AM|
His performance on his season on The Sinner was touching. Not all that well conceived or written as role but he did something with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||September 14, 2021 1:13 AM|
No one in the Magic Mike sequel came across well. Because it sucked. So of course let's single out the gay guy...
|by Anonymous||reply 110||September 14, 2021 1:16 AM|
I think it’s fair to single him out because he does absolutely nothing in it. He barely even strips. You would think have at least had a good scene written like Manganiello did, given that he (Bomer) was billed second.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||September 14, 2021 1:35 AM|
Weirdly, my favorite recent role of his is Larry Trainor on Doom Patrol. HIs character is such a Debbie Downer, and he has a lot of funny and glum one-liners. He also has a touching and realistic story arc about self-acceptance.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||September 14, 2021 1:39 AM|
[quote]CMU Drama has BA and Ma programs. Bomer graduated with a BA.
BFA, not BA in Musical Theater.
[quote]The undergraduate program is not "hard to get into", really, because the applicants are 17, or 18 or 19 and choosing it as their major, after starting at CMU.
Absolutely wrong as hell. You're just guessing! Child, do not cite the deep magic to me, I was there when it was written!
You can go to CMU and do any major you want but if you want to go for Acting/Musical Theater you have to audition for that program as you would for any acting program at a major school. Usually, that requires singing a few songs and choosing a selection of monologues. Usually, they want you to know between 5 and 7. Some of them you'll be able to perform as your own choice (do what you think you know best) and then the board judging you might pick what they want you to do from the monologues you have told them that you know. "You have Tick, Tick, Boom down as one of the monologues you know so why don't you give that a try!" Also sometimes they go into very specific musical theory stuff that you'd only know if you'd been doing that for a while.
Also back then, it was very much a conservatory (still is tbh) in that they would cut people from the program often. So even if you got into the program you might not be there next semester. They got rid of that practice years ago.
Finally, you start your acting classes freshman year. Most schools that have acting programs do have something that starts as soon as you get there. It's a tight knit group and they want to pull you into that system from the start.
[quote]How much experience can they have?
Okay, I'm not going to tip my hat too much here but people that get into these programs at good schools like CMU have been acting for years at the point they get in. Some of these kids have been working since they were 12 or younger. Is it possible to start later? Yes. I wish I could get across what these kids do before they get into a school like this and they end up competing against other kids that have performed for years even at 17 or 18.
[quote]I went to CMU art school for a year.
Look, I'm not going to go, "YOU OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T GO TO SCHOOL THERE!" because you may have, who knows. You were in a different program. The acting program is pretty serious and it was even more so back then. There's a reason why so many people from the program have done well. Some of it is because they picked the right kids and the rest is because those kids had shown they were passionate about their craft even before they considered CMU as an option.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||September 14, 2021 2:06 AM|
Jesus Christ Mary. Did you go to CMU?
|by Anonymous||reply 114||September 14, 2021 2:18 AM|
I went to CUM.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||September 14, 2021 2:36 AM|
CMU is an intensely competitive school and known to have a lot of suicides. Stretching between the CMU campus and the Pitt campus is Schenley Bridge where many students jump to their death. Many people know it from the Mysteries of Pittsburgh as the Cloud Factory reside below in the hollow the bridge traverses.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||September 14, 2021 4:24 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 117||September 14, 2021 4:28 AM|
Undergraduate drama school can make a pretty teenage boy a competent actor which is exactly what it did with Bomer. The issue is that in Hollywood, your mettle is defined by that spark, that something extra that separates you from the hundreds of other people waiting to take your place. Bomer does not have that, onscreen or off (his IG is an unimpressive 1M, less than Smudge the cat.)
|by Anonymous||reply 118||September 14, 2021 7:40 AM|
R66 - I found the movie, directed by Philip Saville in 1990.
Fellow Traveller (1990)
[quote]1954: blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Asa Kaufman (Silver) arrives in London to work anonymously on scripts for the new independent television series 'Robin Hood'. Shattered by the news of the Hollywood suicide of his actor friend Cliff Byrne (Bochner) but unable to return home (he faces a HUAC subpoena), Asa enlists the reluctant help of Cliff's ex-lover Sarah (Stubbs), and dredges through his dreams and memories in search of clues to Cliff's death. As scripted by Michael Eaton, this McCarthy-period thriller interweaves numerous themes: guilt, confession and repression; privacy, paranoia and betrayal; the difference between America and Britain in the '50s; the role played by obsession in artistic creativity; the conflict between Marxist and freudian concepts of socio-political change. But it's also a moody, gripping suspense drama, reminiscent of classic film noir, its tortuous narrative full of mysterious flashbacks and dream sequences. Saville elicits some very fine performances, notably from Silver, and Travanti as a 'pink shrink' who treats Hollywood's Left; but finally it's the sheer wealth of detail and the uncommonly intelligent ambitions of the script that carry the day.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||September 14, 2021 8:07 AM|
Same era, r119. Different story and characters.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||September 14, 2021 8:20 AM|
Matt Bomer doesn't have much acting skills but he is very good looking.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||September 14, 2021 10:56 AM|
Some people seem overly invested in arguing that the talented, handsome, successful, partnered, gay parent Matt Bomer, is untalented. GET YOUR OWN LIVES, YOU UGLY CUNTS
|by Anonymous||reply 122||September 14, 2021 3:53 PM|
R122 it is Bomer's fault if he does not bring more to the roles he chooses other than a pretty face and bubble butt.
My personal opinion is that while Bomer is capable of giving better performances, he is satisfied in taking roles as they come to him largely through the connections he has through his husband, and those roles are not particularly good and tend to be of the low-hanging fruit variety (ie his awful stint on Will & Grace). If he gets something interesting it tends to have come from outside the Simon Halls pipeline, like The Sinner.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||September 14, 2021 4:26 PM|
Does he really have a bubble butt?
|by Anonymous||reply 124||September 14, 2021 4:31 PM|
It’s bubble butt adjacent. The crack doesn’t go all the way up like in a true bubble butt (see example)
|by Anonymous||reply 125||September 14, 2021 4:50 PM|
He went to a prestigious drama school. So what? Not everyone coming out of Yale Drama School is a prodigy. Besides Hollywood is a fickle, subjective, and arbitrary business. It doesn't always respond to how talented, attractive, or good-hearted you are. The fact is he's a very handsome man but his range is limited and he knows it. He can only play Matt Bomer. I agree that he comes across as aloof and just doesn't have that spark.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||September 14, 2021 5:08 PM|
Whoever said his ass gets more positive reviews than his acting hit the nail on the head.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||September 14, 2021 5:09 PM|
He has gotten plenty of goid reviews, especially for The Normal Heart
|by Anonymous||reply 128||September 14, 2021 7:45 PM|
R126, he has never played "Matt Bomer"
But try telling that to people who think Zac Efron and Timothee Chalamet are Olivier and Gielgud
|by Anonymous||reply 129||September 14, 2021 7:46 PM|
[quote] He can only play Matt Bomer.
This I disagree with, because it presumes there’s a “there” there. I don’t think there is. There’s no “Matt Bomer” to bring, which is why his thinly-drawn roles are so unmemorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||September 14, 2021 7:54 PM|
You know what really sticks in your gnarled craws? It's so easy for Bomer to be gorgeous and successful.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||September 14, 2021 8:05 PM|
Jesus Christ, there's a wide berth between "not a brilliant prodigy" and "vapid loser with zero talent and charisma." Learn some nuance, bitches.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||September 14, 2021 8:12 PM|
I loved him in The Normal Heart
|by Anonymous||reply 133||September 14, 2021 8:44 PM|
TBH the role in TNH is exactly the same as this one in Fellow Travelers, as in “Very beautiful man falls in love with dweeby author surrogate because wish fulfillment.” I did not think he was great in TNH.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||September 14, 2021 9:10 PM|
His role in The Normal Heart was more complex than just being a hot guy who falls in live with a "dweeby" guy. You're making shit up. His role in Fellow Travelers is also more complex than that
|by Anonymous||reply 135||September 14, 2021 9:15 PM|
To be clear, Bomer is playing the older man in the gay relationship in Fellow Travelers. An aloof, entitled preppy, mentor to a young and impressionable Washington aide.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||September 15, 2021 12:39 AM|
I'm reading the book again, and have gotten to the part where the twink asks the preppy to slap him in the face, with which request he complies. A couple of scenes later, both acknowledge that the older guy "owns" the younger one. Except for the slapping, it reminds me of the first time I fell in love, with someone who only wanted to have sex with me.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||September 15, 2021 12:42 AM|
I’m looking forward to it. Matt isn’t a flashy actor, but I think he does a good job in the roles he plays. This sounds like a good story.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||September 16, 2021 4:07 AM|
I just finished reading Fellow Travelers. AIDS doesn't feature in the story at all. It's a sad story, as sad as Brokeback Mountain, though neither character gets killed. In a sense, it's even sadder, because they're mainly victims of their own internal homophobia. They could have made different choices, but didn't. So much fear.
I don't want to say any more than that.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||September 16, 2021 11:18 PM|
r139, you can't have finished the book. I'll say no more.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||September 17, 2021 12:22 AM|
r139, you can't have finished the book. I'll say no more.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||September 17, 2021 12:22 AM|
[quote] R139, you can't have finished the book. I'll say no more.
But you did! You did say more at R141!
|by Anonymous||reply 142||September 17, 2021 12:24 AM|
I only started the book, but the younger character is revealed to have died of AIDS at the start of the book, so it’s not really a spoiler.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||September 17, 2021 12:36 AM|
Bomer has zero charisma
|by Anonymous||reply 144||September 17, 2021 12:49 AM|
Not true, r143. In the prologue, the older man [italic]assumes[/italic] the younger one died of AIDS.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||September 17, 2021 12:53 AM|
Well thanks for spoiling it for me, turd.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||September 17, 2021 12:55 AM|
Well thanks for being such a cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||September 17, 2021 12:56 AM|
Can it be a spoiler if it's in the prologue?
|by Anonymous||reply 148||September 17, 2021 1:49 AM|