Out Magazine has made the extremely sensible decision to put Matt Bomer on their upcoming cover, and they’ve released the incredibly hot pic above from their exclusive photoshoot to announce that fact.
Matt’s appearance is tied into The Normal Heart (watch the latest trailer here), which debuts on HBO on May 25th, and looks like it’s going to be one of the TV events of the year.
In the accompanying interview, Bomer says of meeting Normal Heart playwright Larry Kramer, “I was pretty starstruck. It was like meeting one of the Beatles. He was so central to my understanding and development. We talked for a really long time.”
Kramer has apparently wondered if Matt was ‘too beautiful’, but after the two met he emailed Ryan Murphy to says, “He’s the one.”
Bomer plays Felix Turner in the film a gay fashion journalist who becomes the lover of central character Ned (Mark Ruffalo), and becomes one of the early victims of AIDS. To portray that convincingly Bomer did extensive research into the effects of the disease and during a production break lost 40 pounds.
Of the experience of making the movie he says, “You’re really lucky as an artist if you get a role that changes you as a person. It taught me how to access myself on a completely different level as an artist. And it blew my mind in terms of the level of unconditional love between Ned and Felix—my goodness, if these people could incorporate this into their lives, under their circumstances, why can’t I?”
There’ll be more of Matt in Out’s June/July issue (available May 15th).