Matt Bomer Brings ‘The Last Tycoon’ to Monte Carlo

Matt Bomer was joined by co-star Kelsey Grammer and executive producer Chris Keyser to help promote their Amazon series The Last Tycoon, at a photocall during the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival: Day 3, yesterday (June 18, 2017) in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Written and directed by Billy Ray based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. The project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Having come from the streets, Brady has no intention of returning to his misfortune, and is determined to make sure his studio is successful, no matter what personal morals he compromises.

57th Monte Carlo TV Festival : Day 3
CREDIT: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
57th Monte Carlo TV Festival : Day 3
CREDIT: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Bomer at the event.

Set in the midst of the Great Depression, the show deals with big themes still relevant today, depicting inequality in the form of a camp of Dust Bowl refugees set up next to the fictional Brady American Studios that rankles Grammer’s one-percenter since he wants to build a new set there.

As it goes on, it also touches on the racism, sexism and classism of the time, said Bomer. “It was wild to me that we were doing this piece set in 1937 that felt more and more prescient,” he said. “After the election a lot was changing in our country and around the world, and we were able to provide some commentary within a period piece.”

The pilot was shot over a year before the rest of the series, and in between saw the election of Donald Trump. “After the election, it changed every artist,” Bomer said. “I feel like artists really shine when politics are at their most high stakes, dire. I think we all felt a profound responsibility to tell stories that really mattered and have something to say, to hold a mirror up to society.”

57th Monte Carlo TV Festival : Day 3
CREDIT: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
57th Monte Carlo TV Festival : Day 3
CREDIT: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
57th Monte Carlo TV Festival : Day 3
CREDIT: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Last Tycoon is set to premiere on Amazon Prime on July 28, 2017.

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