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Matt Bomer Recalls Ben Reade's Dark Storylines On Guiding Light Revealing He Told Writers: "Just Throw The Kitchen Sink At Me, And They Did!’

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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!”

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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?

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Cary Giacalone
Cary Giacalone

One of my favorite Matt Bomer moments – his scene in his white underwear which made the world nuts and from then most male soap starts had to wear dark underwear.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Is nuts a pun?…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL, jimh. It could be a pun….too funny, you are.
All I can say is that I watched every episode of WHITE COLLAR…..not only for the intriguing stories, but for Matt’s beautiful self…inside and out. Great actor; great father; great husband.

blake
blake

Is that true? I remember his underwear scene on the beach (who doesn’t???) and I think it’s still on youtube.

Andrea
Andrea

I didn’t watch GL, but I loved Matt on White Collar. His storyline sounded insane, but I’m sure he rocked it. I know I would have wanted Matt to return! I’m terrible at guessing these things, but I’m 99% certain that they would have made the original character a brainwashed Ben lookalike, then brought the real Ben to town.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Matt was delightful on GL. Loved him and loved his crazy character. Knew he would go far.

Bobby Paradise
Bobby Paradise

Haha. Gary: that’s the best!

Bobby Paradise
Bobby Paradise

I mean Cary! So funny .

Mo
Mo

Great that he remembers it all. Wish I’d watched.

Torqumada
Torqumada

I miss GUIDING LIGHT. My immigrant grandmother listened to it on the radio and watched it on tv and claims that’s how she learned English.

blake
blake

That’s awesome he is talking about Guiding light and remembers all of his stories on there, that surprised me. But it’s too bad they didn’t say Guiding Light, Seth just said a soap.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I loved MB as Ben Reade on GL. I was so sad when he left the show. I was happy when he made it with White Collar. Great synopsis. He should track down the head writer(s) to find out what the plan was to bring him back.

su0000
su0000

oohhhhh my!
Magic Mike XXL , is on the top of my to-do list= see Magic Mike XXL twice 😉

I really liked the stories he had.. too bad I missed it..
I really liked the ending..

irene
irene

I remember Ben. He rocked the scenes at the end. I still miss GL.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

His recounting of it was quite amusing—and far more entertaining than any of it was when it was playing out on the screen, unfortunately. (Not one of GL’s better periods, though MB acted the hell out of everything he was given.)

Rodd
Rodd

He was mesmerizing as Ben on GL. I couldn’t take my eyes off him then or now. LOL!

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In one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated chats of the COVID-19 stay-at-home television reunions, this one will rank way up there!

Announced on Friday, by Alan Locher for his The Locher Room You Tube channel, a Guiding Light Cooper family reunion is on its way to longtime fans of the beloved CBS soap opera.

Circle Wednesday June 3rd at a special time 5 p. m. EST/2 p. m PST for “Cocktails with the Coopers”.

Joining Alan will be multi-Daytime Emmy winner, Justin Deas (Buzz), fan favorite Beth Ehlers (Harley) along with Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), John Driscoll (Coop) and Fiona Hutchison (Jenna).  

To log in to the Cooper family reunion event with some of the finest actors ever to grace the town of Springfield click here.

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Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

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The cast of White Collar will appear together in support of The Trevor Project.   Fans who have missed this crew of special agents and con artists will be able to interact with the cast in real time, ask questions, and donate to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, for the chance to have their names read on air.

The Stars in the House series from hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley has brought together casts from beloved comedies and dramas over the COVID-19 pandemic originally in support of The Actors Fund.

In addition, more news today from The Locher Room.  There is yet another Guiding Light virtual reunion on the way. This time featuring: Jerry verDorn (Ex-Ross), Denise Pence (Ex-Katie), Elvera Roussel (Ex-Hope), and Michael Tylo (Ex-Quint).

Circle next week on Tuesday May 12th beginning at 3 p.m. EST to watch the livestream featuring these past favorites from Springfield here.

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