Matt Bomer on Playing More Gay Roles, Fundraising for Pete Buttigieg and His New Movie ‘Papi Chulo’

Variety | 5/30/2019 | Marc Malkin
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Matt Bomer plays a weatherman in his new movie “Papi Chulo,” but he didn’t shadow TV meteorologists to prepare for the role.

What he was most concerned about was making sure the nervous breakdown his character has on live television was believable. To capture those emotions, he did a deep dive on the internet.

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Bomer sat down for this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, to talk about his new movie. Bomer also explains why he’s been playing more gay roles in recent years and why he’s “thoroughly impressed” with Pete Buttigieg.

Writer-director John Butler’s “Papi Chulo” is the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between the Sean (a gay weatherman who is struggling with what appears to be a breakup with his longtime boyfriend) and his Mexican handyman Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño).

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Sean first tries to cure his loneliness by hooking up through gay apps. In the original script, he was supposed to be seen using multiple apps, but “the app companies were so particular about who’s doing what and you can’t have Scruff if you have Grindr and you can’t have Grindr if you have the bear one or whatever,” Bomer said, laughing. “So it was so funny the politics of it all.”

In all seriousness, Bomer says the movie has a message, one that resonates more today than anyone would have ever expected when they first began the project.

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“In a time where people are building up walls and separating off and cordoning themselves off from each other and different cultures and different ideologies, more than ever this was about a friendship that forms in the most unlikely of ways — that it’s our shared humanity that is really the only thing that can really save you from loneliness,” Bomer said.

Since publicly coming out in 2012 when he...
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