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Herald Sun - Hit - - COVER STORY - / NEALA JOHN­SON

WE know him best for get­ting his gear off in the Magic Mike movies, but Matt Bomer felt far more at home rug­ging up in the snowy wilds of Mon­tana for his new in­die drama, Walk­ing Out.

“My fa­ther was an out­doors­man so I’d grown up hunt­ing and fish­ing,” says the Texas-reared ac­tor. “We didn’t have trail­ers, we didn’t have cast chairs, we just stood in the snow be­tween takes.

“If it were sup­posed to be sum­mer and we were that cold,” he adds, “I would not have en­joyed it. But the fact it was so sim­i­lar to what the char­ac­ters were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing was quite for­tu­itous, be­cause it’s one less thing you have to fake.” Bomer de­scribes Walk­ing

Out as “like that Greek story — where the fa­ther be­comes the son and the son be­comes the fa­ther”.

The film fol­lows teen David (Josh Wig­gins) to ru­ral Mon­tana, where he’s to spend time with his off-the­grid fa­ther, Cal (Bomer). Cal takes the boy on his first hunt­ing trip, but they fail to bond un­til a run-in with a griz­zly bear forces them to rely on each other to sur­vive.

“Grow­ing up in the Amer­i­can

South, you ex­pe­ri­ence fa­thers like that, whose idea of bond­ing is go­ing out in the great out­doors and just shar­ing space to­gether, as op­posed to maybe hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion.”

Bomer is fa­ther to sons Kit, 13, and twins Walker and Henry, 10, with husband Si­mon Halls. “I am a very dif­fer­ent par­ent my­self, I prob­a­bly err on the other side,” he laughs. “So I had to stave off those in­stincts.” At one point, the in­jured Cal is ap­proached by a cu­ri­ous deer. A farmer had told the crew of a wild doe that of­ten wan­dered through his yard. So they set Bomer up — “We put some sugar on my face, leant me up against a tree, cam­ou­flaged the cam­era­man” — then waited. “There were zero guar­an­tees she would come up to me — we’re all kind of gam­bling out there. Thank­fully she was very cu­ri­ous, she came up and licked my face. Mo­ments like that, you don’t have to do a ton of act­ing,” he ad­mits. Bomer calls Walk­ing Out a “love let­ter” to his fa­ther, for­mer Dal­las Cow­boys foot­baller John. “He called me af­ter see­ing it and goes, ‘Man, that was weird, I saw a lot of my­self up there. But I re­ally love the movie’.”

SEE WALK­ING OUT opens to­mor­row

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