Re-watched the pilot for the first time in years
Peter: I work hard, I do my job well and I don't have a 10 million dollar apartment, with a view of Manhattan that I share with a 22 year old art student while we share espresso.
Neal: Why not?
man I miss those characters, or I guess I should say that heart and soul of those characters. I know that they have to change, life events, their interactions with each other and each other's circle has to change them but re-watching I just feel that basis of the characters, what gave them so much potential has changed.
I'm fine with Neal seeing things from a different perspective, from Peters perspective, I wish we'd gotten more of that from Peter but I miss the Neal who could hold his own and be "right," or at least the Neal who could justify his opinion. I wish we hadn't lost so much of Neal, the cold, calculating drifter who saw the world as he wanted to see it in a given situation. The Neal who could turn off his emotions on a mark, the Neal who could convince himself "they" deserve to be stolen from. I wish we'd had a glimpse of Neal, the jackass who would use Sara, sleep with her, to get closer to her, for some reason (and I wish Sara had been someone who'd played along, seeing through him the entire time, hoping only to retrieve the Raphael).
Most of all, it reminded me of how much I absolutely adore the actors (yes, I do even kind of like Hilarie Burton but no where near as much as the rest of the cast) especially Matt. He is such a nuanced, mulch-faceted actor, so expressive, articulate and gracious in "real" life...in season 1 I didn't feel his talent was being wasted, but most of season 2 and the episodes of season 3 that I've seen (I've seen many more episodes than I had before) sigh. I want him to have this job, I want them all to have this job, to be actors with steady jobs but I really hope that either season 4 will somehow continue with potential of season 1 (I doubt it will, I hope I'm surprised), or that all these guys will find steady, well-paying jobs else where. Jobs that are fun, deep and showcase all of these guys and girls' charm and talent.
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but I had to vent! I really miss my genius Neal who could do complicated math problems mentally, who allowed Matt to display a decent percentage of his talents. I miss Peter who could advise, without being over-bearing, who had his morals, believed in them, practiced them but seemed to know that even though the world should be a certain way, that good and bad should be easily decipherable, it's not always so.
Matt's on record as saying he'll stay with the show as long as they want him. I can see he'd feel loyalty to both Eastin and the show for giving him his big break, which is kind of one of the reasons I hope it doesn't drag on too long, and cause him to be unavailable for better projects which would be more beneficial to his career. It would be unfortunate if he lost out on opportunities which would take his career to the next level because he's stuck on a show which is all too often mediocre.
I'm not surprised that he has said that, and I really do think he means it. He is and extremely humble, and thankful person (or at least he comes off as such), and regardless of what the show has become it does give him steady work and a steady paycheck (though, you know Matt if you became the really famous movie star, with fun musical roles, and really deep gritty roles, the type of roles you deserve you'd have more time to spend with your babies!!! -yes, I know he'll never read this, but I had to put my plea out there) which as an actor is hard to come by. I mean, unless one becomes extraordinarily famous for their work, talent, charity and to a lesser degree/as a result personal life (George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio) a movie career is hard to maintain (don't get me wrong, I think Matt is fully talented, gracious enough to pull this off, but he needs that role
and yes I think participating in 8 will help. DLB should totally cast him in a biopic!) OR someone needs to become an over-rated actor, know more for his/her hairstyles than capability (Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez etc) and THAT just isn't Matt. Ahh, so with my ramble what I mean is, I can totally understand why Matt would choose to stay on this show for reasons other than just being thankful. Plus, 4-5 seasons is a good run, and despite the writing Matt does get to showcase his talent at times (he did in season 1)...but ahh I got off track. What I originally meant to say, is just because he said that publicly doesn't mean that if a better opportunity came along that he (or should I say, his manager) could negotiate to either move the show's season around, make it so he's less present on the show, or even convince them that they are done with the show/with Neal. I fully believe that Matt meant what he said, because despite all the Matt bashers out-there, I don't think he's completely fake but I don't think he'd miss out on an opportunity he really wanted because of the show, nor do I believe that his family would allow him to do so.
Having said that, isn't it possible that Matt doesn't want the level of recognition/fame that he probably does deserve? I know he wants his work to be recognized, his work to be appreciated, but really the level of fame he deserves (based off of his talent AND looks because that combination in the being Matt Bomer is HUGE) has a lot of potentially negative (or what I believe Matt would see as negative) results. Yeah, he'd be able to boost charities he believes in (he's gone on record saying that he'd use his name, whatever little fame he has to help any charity out) but it could also mean that he'd be hounded by the media. He's wonderful at not giving too much attention to the stalker paparazzi, while also treating them extremely kindly, and with respect (as if he realizes that they are doing their job, and it actually isn't all that easy to stand outside building for hours hoping to run into a hot topic celebrity) but it doesn't mean that he'd want even greater focus on himself, on his family, his very young children.
Maybe that's another reason he'd want to stick with the show, so that he has the freedom to slowly build up his career in a way that his work is considered interesting, but not so much his personal life. So that he has more control? Either way, I do believe Matt's smart, he knows what he's doing...I hope, I think.
Edited by natyanayaki, Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:06 PM.