Matt Bomer on Declining 'Barbie' Role: 'Impeccably Cast'

Matt Bomer reveals unique audition experience for iconic role.

by Nouman Rasool
Matt Bomer on Declining 'Barbie' Role: 'Impeccably Cast'
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In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, acclaimed actor Matt Bomer shared intriguing insights about his audition for the much-anticipated Greta Gerwig-directed film, 'Barbie' Despite being a seemingly perfect fit for the role of Ken, Bomer ultimately did not join the star-studded cast.

However, he remains positive about the experience and the film's eventual success. During his engaging conversation with host Jimmy Fallon, Bomer, 46, humorously noted how he managed to make headlines despite not being part of 'Barbie', a feat not commonly achieved in Hollywood.

Reflecting on the audition process, he revealed, “I got really into it, actually. I had some projects in development — I wasn't sure if they were going to happen or when — so I auditioned”.

Bomer's Audition Journey

Bomer's commitment to the role was evident as he dressed in "four different looks" for the audition, including "Malibu Ken" and "business suit Ken".

However, the actor, known for his roles in 'The Maestro' and other acclaimed projects, eventually turned down the opportunity to be part of 'Barbie' He cited the need to spend a year away from his family as a key factor in his decision, along with the maturation of other projects he had been nurturing.

When Fallon inquired if Bomer regretted not being part of what has become "the biggest movie in the world," Bomer responded thoughtfully. “I mean, I hope I get to work with Greta someday — she’s phenomenal,” he expressed, acknowledging Gerwig's directorial prowess.

“But I think they made a perfect movie, and it was cast perfectly. And in the meantime, I got to work on 'Fellow Travelers' and 'Maestro', and spend valuable time with my family”. Bomer's audition process was a unique venture.

He explained, “I recorded it on my own, played a bunch of different Kens — and I dressed differently for all of them. I recorded the lines of the other person’s dialogue on my recorder and then gave myself space to respond”.