While promoting his latest motion picture Magic Mike XXL, Matt Bomer appeared this week on Late Night with Seth Meyers. When discussing the beginnings of his career, the discussion turned to his time on the now defunct and beloved Guiding Light, where Bomer was cast in the role of Ben Reade.
When Matt debuted on the CBS soap opera back in 2002, he revealed that he told the writers and producers that he only wanted to be on the daytime drama for a short amount of time – which lasted just over a year. Bomer admits that after he disclosed that to the powers-that-be he added, “Just throw the kitchen sink at me,” and then he added, “And they did!’
Next, Matt told a hilarious synopsis of the storylines of Ben Reade during his year in Springfield, when he told Seth Meyers: “I was a trust fund baby who bet my fraternity brothers that I could deflower the town virgin. I fell in love with her, but she found out about the bet and dumped me. Then, I met a new girlfriend, lost my trust fund and was embarrassed to tell her so I became a male prostitute .. that’s what you do when you lose your trust fund. (Laughs). So I had all these cougar clients that that were these women I would meet at 6 in the morning and by 9am we would be in the bed making out together for five minutes. Then my girlfriend found out I was a male prostitute, dumped me of course, and then I went crazy, killed five people, kidnapped her to a remote cabin in the woods, confessed to her that I’d been molested by my middle school teacher, and then committed suicide in front of her, her father, and her new boyfriend. Then, hung on for one day in the hospital to confess my sins!”
The biggest laugh was at the end of Bomer’s recanting of the story of Ben on Guiding Light when he added, “My favorite moment is when the writers came up to me at the end of it and they go, ‘Listen, if you ever want to come back, we’ve got it figured out.’ (Laughs). Matt always wondered just how they could do that! Evil twin?
Watch the very cute and entertaining segment that all Guiding Light and soap fans will enjoy with Matt Bomer on Late Night with Seth Meyers after the jump! Then weigh-in if you recall the antics of Ben Reade on Guiding Light! And if Guiding Light had not been canceled, and Bomer had not become a massive mainstream star, how would you have brought Ben Reade back to the canvas?