Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Give Us Monty!

'White Collar' star, Matt Bomer, came out this past weekend when he thanked his partner at an event. Good for him. But, by far, the most important Matt Bomer related news to come out (see what I did there?) is that he apparently wants to star in a Montgomery Clift biopic. I've never seen his show nor have I seen him act in anything for that matter (Magic Mike is still 4 months away...), so I don't know how good a job we could do. But, I am definitely all for a Monty biopic.

There are two biopics that I've always wanted to see made: one of Vivien Leigh and one of Montgomery Clift. Back in the early 2000's Wes Bentley (American Beauty) was set to star as Clift with Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elizabeth Taylor in a movie that would have been about the actor's life from the years 1947 until his death in 1966. But, the production never got off the ground and the career of Wes Bentley seemed to disappear as well. (Wes Bentley was so good in American Beauty. It seemed like he had such a promising career ahead of him. But, every film he was attached to never panned out or he kept dropping out of productions. It turns out, he had a drug problem and is now trying to get his life and career back on track. I forgot he'll be in The Hunger Games movie until I googled his name. It's such a waste. He would have been a great Monty.)

Clift really led a fascinating life. He was great actor who, along with Brando and James Dean, brought about a new style of acting to cinema. He received four Oscar nominations (Best Actor for The Search, A Place in the Sun, and From Here to Eternity and Supporting Actor for Judgement at Nuremberg) and never won. And his personal life was just as interesting, living as a closeted gay man during the Hollywood studio system, he had to hide who he was. But the biggest tragedy in his life was a car crash in 1956, coming home from Elizabeth Taylor's home, that left him nearly dead (Taylor apparently took out a tooth that was lodged in his throat, suffocating him). It left his matinee-idol looks disfigured and he became addicted to pills and alcohol to deal with the pain (see how right Wes Bentley would have been).

So, producers, if you're listening, please bring us a Monty biopic. It would be such an acting showcase for a talented young actor. I don't know if Bomer is the right man (he's certainly handsome enough and it seems he knows a thing or two about being in the closet in Hollywood). But, either way, I need a Monty movie in my life. We can discuss a Vivien Leigh one later...

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