Matt Bomer on new movie “Papi Chulo” and the backlash over his playing transgender woman in “Anything”
Matt Bomer’s new movie, Papi Chulo, is out this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing it!
The Golden Globe winner plays Sean, a newly single gay Los Angeles weatherman whose loneliness is eased by the comforting camaraderie of a Latino migrant worker named Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño), whom he’s hired to repaint his deck.
It’s the latest queer role for the out actor who also played gay in The Normal Heart, in the series Doom Patrol, in a recurring role on Will & Grace and on Broadway in The Boys in the Band which begins shooting as a feature film later this year with the same cast. His others roles include Magic Mike and its sequel, American Horror Story: Hotel, his series White Collar and The Last Tycoon, and the films Nice Guys, The Magnificent Seven, and Space Station 76.
“I’m not someone who believes only gay actors should play gay roles or only straight actors should play straight roles,” Bomer tells NewNowNext. “I honestly believe everybody should get to play all kinds of roles. Having said that, I think there are repercussions if it’s only one way and not everyone is being given the opportunity to play the roles they should get the opportunity to play.
Last year, Bomer’s role as a trans woman in the film Anything sparked controversy and had exec producer Mark Ruffalo apologizing for casting a cis man in the role rather than a trans woman. Although this was no different than Jared Leto in The Dallas Buyers Club (Oscar win), or Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent, the timing was such that Bomer, Ruffalo and their film took a bit and was barely seen.
“I think it was a huge awakening for me,” Bomer says. “You know, I became involved with that movie in 2014, before the show Transparent had even come out, and the years between when we finished it and when it did come out, there was just a sea change of incredible progress for the better. The sad reality was that in 2014, a tiny indie like Anything wasn’t going to get financed any other way. But I certainly apologize to anyone who it hurt or offended. I have many times in the past. I don’t know if anyone’s ever printed it because it’s not quite as interesting as controversy, but it was never my intention. I have been on the end of not being given opportunities because of who I am, and I would never wish that on anyone else.”