Matt Bomer on playing Montgomery Clift: “I’m only going to be a part of it if it’s done right”
It was back in September that Deadline reported that a Montgomery Clift film project was to be directed by Larry Moss from a script by Christopher Lovick with a 2014 start date being aimed for.
Making things even more exciting is Matt Bomer being attached to star as Clift.
Bomer gave an update to Xfinity LGBT writer/editor Jim Halterman during a chat on the set of White Collar.
“It’s potentially on track to be made in the way that we’d like it to be made, at the home we’d like it to be made. But I’m only going to be a part of it if it’s done right. I have too much respect for Monty and Liz [Taylor, Clift's close friend] and that whole world and that whole generation of actors…we could do it tomorrow and make some salacious version of the story and that’s not what I’m interested in.”
Clift was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1940s and 50s with lead roles in such films as A Place in the Sun, From Here to Eternity, Raintree County, I Confess, The Young Lions, Suddenly Last Summer, and Judgement at Nurenburg.
“Obviously, he was an amazing artist but it does baffle me that so few people that I speak to even know who he is,” Bomer says. “You have to list off three or four credits before eventually you get to one, they go, ‘Oh, yeah, that guy.’ I think there’s something to that. I think that’s the kind of biopic you want to make, as an actor, in a way, because if you play someone where people have too many preconceived notions about someone, then it’s a lot of pressure. If it’s not going to really pay homage to Monty, and be a project that he would appreciate, then I don’t want to do it at all.”
His career and his quality of life suffered greatly following a car crash in 1956. He had several plastic surgeries to repair his face. He used pills and alcohol increasingly after that and died in 1966 at the age of 45.