Actor Matt Bomer, known for playing Neil Caffrey — a charming ­conman — in the popular American TV show, White Collar, had no idea about his character’s popularity in India. When we told the 37-year-old about it, he was pleasantly surprised.
“That is an enormous and incredible surprise to me! I love India. I’ve always been drawn to it, and I hope that I get to visit the country soon. Wow. I need to get out more,” he said. “­Working on TV can be quite insular. I still find myself surprised at times when someone stops me on the street to talk about the show. It took a while for it to click with me that people were watching it anywhere,” he added.
Bomer recalled that when the show first started, nobody even knew that they were shooting on the streets of New York. “In fact, when we were first ­filming in New York, we didn’t even have to barricade the pedestrians. No one had any clue about who we were,” he said. The actor, who is currently shooting for the final season of the show, says he will miss the role of Neal, which he had based on his three-year-old son.
“I based much of Neal’s personality on my (at the time) three year old — his impulsiveness, enthusiasm and his inability to understand the word ‘no’. I’ll miss working with a wonderful cast and crew. There wasn’t a day that went by when I didn’t enjoy working on the show,” he said.