Friday Briefs brought to you by … Matt Bomer! Items on “Glee” star Chris Colfer and Ernest Borgnine!
Happy Friday all!
I think you should know that it’s not just Matthew Bomer’s stunning beauty that I appreciate.
I happen to love, love, love his USA network series White Collar.
He plays Neal Caffery, a former con-man, forger and thief who now works with the FBI. It’s smart and funny television.
And now that Collar is followed on Tuesday night by my other fave Covert Affairs starring Christopher Gorham and Piper Perabo, it’s great back-to-back intrigue so check it out!
BORGNINE HOMOPHOBIC? I got a press release this week from the Screen Actors Guild announcing that Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine, an active and robust 93 years old, would be the recipient of SAG’s lifetime achievement award in January (Betty White got it this year).
I thought back to the nice conversation we had on the red carpet of the Creative Arts Emmys last year (we was nominated) and how nice it was to see his wife Tova who I had profiled for a magazine more than 20 years ago (time flies!). So I felt kind of happy that he was getting the kudo.
Then I read this on the LA Times blog Gold Derby: Should SAG be honoring Ernest Borgnine?
The item states: While Borgnine’s work ethic is admirable — he has three films due out this year — his personal politics are less than laudable. Four years ago, he waded into the discussion about the merits of the movie “Brokeback Mountain,” the first film to feature A-list talent in a gay love story. As Borgnine told Entertainment Weekly, “I didn’t see it and I don’t care to see it. I know they say it’s a good picture, but I don’t care to see it.” Then he added, “If John Wayne were alive, he’d be rolling over in his grave!”
Ugh. It was just this kind of homophobia that no doubt contributed to Brokeback’s loss in the best picture race to Crash. Even just five years later, it’s already clear one is a classic and the other is just a fine film. Well, that was clear pretty much instantly.
COLFER WIT: The first time I came across Chris Colfer was last summer at Outfest and no one really knew who he was because only one episode of Glee had aired at that point. But he was absolutely hilarious at a panel about the show.
He showed that wit again in interview with TV Guide discussing his high school days which, by the way, ended only two years ago. He uses the term “social llama” to describe his social status: “Like, where does a llama go? It’s not a horse. It’s kind of a camel, but it’s not a goat. It’s just on the farm, and people point and gawk at it because it has funky hair. That’s how I’ve always pictured myself. The llama tries to hang out with a duck and the duck freaks out and runs away. The cows are mean to it. That’s what it was like for me.”
I also had to laugh at what he told People magazine about his Emmy nod and what he’ll do if he wins for best supporting actor in a comedy: “I plan on making demands. I want some exotic animals in my trailer at all times. What’s endangered? I’d love a panda!