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The ac­tor from TV’s White Col­lar and Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story, 39, plays Hol­ly­wood golden boy Mon­roe Stahr in Ama­zon’s The Last Ty­coon, now stream­ing. It’s based on F. Scott Fitzger­ald’s novel about a young film ex­ec­u­tive’s rise to power in the 1930s and his clash with a ruth­less stu­dio mogul (Kelsey Gram­mer). How does the se­ries de­part from the novel? It’s true to a lot of the cen­tral themes and char­ac­ters, but we get to see a lot more of every­thing go­ing on in the world and the coun­try at the time. What do you like about Mon­roe? I love how mul­ti­fac­eted he is. If you’re play­ing a char­ac­ter, you al­ways want some­one who has a lot of dif­fer­ent masks they show the world. You were ter­rific as the psy­cho­pathic John Boy in the movie The Nice Guys with Rus­sell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Are you in­ter­ested in more char­ac­ter roles? Any­time I have a chance to throw on an eye patch and black out a tooth, I’m there. I never re­ally per­ceived my­self as a lead­ing man. If I were to have a chance to play a lot of great char­ac­ter roles, that would re­ally be a dream come true. What do you con­sider to be your big­gest achieve­ment? I would say my fam­ily. Be­ing mar­ried too; I have to in­clude Simon [Halls, a Hol­ly­wood pub­li­cist] in that. But I would def­i­nitely say the kids are the big­gest achieve­ment, cer­tainly my first pri­or­ity. [Bomer and Halls have three chil­dren via sur­ro­gacy.] Keep­ing my fam­ily first can be a re­ally tricky thing. It means hav­ing to say no to some things that you’d re­ally like to say yes to. But I’ve never re­gret­ted spend­ing more time with my fam­ily.

Why does he be­lieve ac­tors are meant to be “over­heard, not lis­tened to”? Go to Pa­ to find out.

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