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Towleroad EXCLUSIVE: Matt Bomer and Matthew Morrison in on '8'



Towleroad has learned that Matt Bomer, star of the hit USA drama, White Collar, and Matthew Morrison, who plays Mr. Schuester on the popular show Glee, will play plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, respectively, at the March 3 west coast premier of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8, in Los Angeles. The American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization sponsoring the plaintiffs' legal team in the federal challenge to Prop 8, could not be reached for comment.

Earlier this week, it was announced that George Clooney would be playing the part of attorney David Boies.

Black's 8, which already had a successful premier in New York, is based on the transcripts from the trial proceedings before Judge Vaughn Walker in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now captioned, Perry v. Brown). As you will recall, Judge Walker declared Prop 8 unconstitutional, and we expect the Ninth Circuit to issue its ruling any day now. Stay tuned for news updates and legal analysis of the upcoming decision.

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  1. So it's an all-gay cast? Makes sense.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 14, 2012 4:37:22 PM

  2. Bomer also appeared in the production on stage in NYC.

    Posted by: jrex | Jan 14, 2012 4:45:31 PM

  3. Bomer has contributed a lot to LGBT activism over the years, appearing at fundraisers, donating money, and acting in the Prop 8 play. Ironically, there is one thing he could do that would overshine all his past work combined. I'm sure he'll do it one day though probably not until White Collar has run its course.

    Posted by: KP | Jan 14, 2012 5:13:15 PM

  4. Bomer is playiing the Hollywood game. He has his agents telling him to stick to the script.

    As for this play, who on earth is going to watch it? Middle America certainly won't. It'll be like preaching to the converted. Won't change the hearts and minds of Californians re gay marriage.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 14, 2012 5:33:24 PM

  5. Bomer has a partner and two kids who he's publicly acknowledged and thanked. What do you want him to do, tattoo GAY on his face? Anyone who knows who he is knows that he's gay unless they don't know how to read or are otherwise mentally disabled.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 14, 2012 6:12:09 PM

  6. Matt Bomer has three children with Simon Halls. Simon Halls is a well-known chief of publicity for the giant PR firm known as PMK. Matt has said of his personal life: "I have a network and a show riding on my shoulders..."

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 14, 2012 6:21:20 PM

  7. 8"

    Posted by: suri | Jan 14, 2012 6:26:58 PM

  8. Matt Bomer is so dreamy.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 14, 2012 6:47:24 PM

  9. Matt Bomer and Simon live openly and publicly, don't hide a thing. They arrived at the red carpet for the InTime movie premier, the USA Upfronts and countless other events. The host and organize numerous charity events for our community raising money for various gay causes. Matt will be honored by the Desert Aids Project in February for young philanthropist of the year. He's done more for our community than any actor who's gone the People magazine route then just shows up at parties. There is a difference in what everyone can do. matt does concrete things not seeking the limelight and is a great role model. He does need to be mindful of his career however which has more promise than the current crop of out or closeted actors. None have his combination of looks, talent, and class. He will no doubt be a huge long term success.

    Posted by: DBClark | Jan 14, 2012 8:53:10 PM

  10. It's apparently no secret he's gay unless you're a journalist.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 14, 2012 9:24:35 PM

  11. @ANON - or a tired regular on queerty who likes to rag him....

    Posted by: DBCLARK | Jan 14, 2012 9:47:15 PM

  12. Hey I love to rag on him too. And I'm no way tired.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 14, 2012 9:51:54 PM

  13. @david - but oddly you don't comment on your girl Lily Tomlin. Double standard or just old age?

    Posted by: DBClark | Jan 14, 2012 11:16:38 PM

  14. Tickets start at 500 bucks a seat. No thanks.

    Posted by: Ato | Jan 15, 2012 12:19:36 AM

  15. All good role models that in these times are needed.

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Jan 15, 2012 7:47:50 AM

  16. I think we'll see more names attach themselves to this now that Clooney has committed.

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Jan 15, 2012 11:34:31 AM

  17. Is Bomer playing the same role he played in NYC (when Cheyenne Jackson played his spouse) or is he trying on a different part for the LA run? Hopefully all the money these charity readings make will make a difference.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Jan 15, 2012 1:09:02 PM

  18. actions always speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Jan 15, 2012 2:05:53 PM

  19. I wish I have the $500 to spend on the ticket for this play.

    There's no set rule that says that you must state your orientation. That's just silly. Living it says alot. It's up to the individual how they want to live.

    Posted by: lyn | Jan 26, 2012 1:39:31 AM

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