It appears that White Collar and Magic Mike star may be playing the legendary 1950s star Montgomery Clift in an upcoming biopic – at least according to producer Michael Din, who revealed the news on Twitter.
After a user posted the question (to Perez Hilton), ‘Since you know everything, is it true that Matt Bomer is playing Montgomery Clift in the movie Monty Clift by pier3pictures??’
In the late 40s and early 50s, Clift was on the path to becoming one of the biggest stars in the world. After The Search, Red River, A Place In The Sun, I Confess and From Here To Eternity, he was a true heart-throb with three Oscar nominations to his name, and in many people’s opinion a talent on a par with James Dean and Marlon Brando – and all that by the age of 24.
However, Clift was also gay (or at least bisexual) at a time when homosexuality was illegal. He never really came to terms with his sexuality. He suffered from severe self-loathing throughout his adult life (as did many gay people back them) and became a severe alcoholic. In 1956, during the filming of Raintree County, he crashed his car while drunk, which caused various injuries, including facial lacerations that meant he was never quite as good looking again. While he continued to work, with a prominent facial scar and alcohol quickly ageing him, his roles were limited and his days as a heart-throb were essentially over.
He died in 1966, aged only 45, from alcohol-related occlusive coronary artery disease. Acting teacher Robert Lewis famously described Clift’s death as the longest suicide in history.
Bomer seems a good choice to play him, as they certainly share the fact they were/are incredibly good looking with great cheekbones. Being gay in Hollywood also gives Bomer a bit of further insight into Clift.