Matt Bomer to play closeted actor Montgomery Clift
Out actor Matt Bomer is slated to star as Montgomery Clift in a planned biopic on the star’s life. Clift was one of Hollywood’s most bankable heartthrobs in the ‘40s and ‘50s, starring alongside Elizabeth Taylor in films such as A Place in the Sun and Suddenly Last Summer.
Bomer told Xfinity LGBT, the film was scheduled for production later this year. Larry Moss is assigned to direct with a script being penned by Christopher Lovick.
"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,” the star told Xfinity. “I have too much respect for Monty and Liz 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.”
Despite being a three-time Oscar nominee, Bomer said Clift seems to have fallen into the annals of Hollywood history. “Obviously, he was an amazing artist but it does baffle me that so few people that I speak to even know who he is. 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."
Clift's career plummeted following a car crash in 1956. The star had several plastic surgeries to repair his once handsome features, but never reached the same career heights as he did in his heyday. Clift died in 1966 aged just 45.