Matt Bomer To Play Closeted Screen Icon Montgomery Clift
Openly gay actor Matt Bomer has been tapped to play closeted screen legend Montomery Clift in an upcoming biopic.
At his prime, Clift rivalled Marlon Brando as Hollywood’s biggest male star in the 1950s. He was a talented, devastatingly handsome actor. He brought a new vitality and sensitivity to his film roles. His natural style of acting scorned the macho images, the Hollywood stereotypes, and opened the way for a new wave of male performers not afraid to reveal their vulnerability. But it was not all roses. He struggled with his sexual orientation his whole life and kept his tormented sexuality a secret from most everyone he knew. As fame beckoned and the fear of exposure increased, he turned to alcohol – and later pills – to suppress his darkest feelings. A serious car crash in 1956, which left him with scars on his matinee idol face, only increased his addictions and his career began a terminal decline, only ended with his early death at age 45.
Clift was a three-time Oscar nominee who also had memorable roles in ‘From Here to Eternity’, ‘Raintree County’, ‘I Confess’, ‘The Young Lions’ and ‘Judgement at Nurenburg’.
Bomer, who most recently starred for Ryan Murphy in the screen adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart for HBO, is heavily favoured to play the role.
”Obviously, he was an amazing artist but it does baffle me that so few people that I speak to even know who he is,” Bomer tells Xfinity LGBT. “You have to list off three or four credits before eventually you get to one, they go, ‘Oh, yeah, that guy.’”
“I think there’s something to that. I think that’s the kind of biopic you want to make, as an actor, in a way, because if you play someone where people have too many preconceived notions about someone, then it’s a lot of pressure. If it’s not going to really pay homage to Monty, and be a project that he would appreciate, then I don’t want to do it at all.”
Bomer adds he will only participate if the project is handled with respect, “It’s potentially on track to be made in the way that we’d like it to be made, at the home we’d like it to be made. But I’m only going to be a part of it if it’s done right.”
Larry Moss will direct from a script by Christopher Lovick set for 2015 release.