On his hit USA drama White Collar, the actor plays con man Neal Caffrey, who is serving out his prison sentence by teaming up with FBI Agent Peter Burke to bring down other criminals like himself. On the eve of tonight’s Season 5 premiere at 9 p.m. EST, he reflects on 10 other memorable odd-couple TV twosomes who also brought out the best in each other.
Rick Simon (Gerald McRaney) and A.J. Simon (Jameson Parker), Simon & Simon
Simon & Simon was the first show I was allowed to stay up late and watch. I was very taken with it, especially Gerald McRaney’s character, because he skirted the rulebook and operated outside the typical bounds of the law. He wasn’t afraid to take matters into his own hands. I still am probably subconsciously, shamelessly stealing from him, from watching that show. I was so taken with the characters that—and I’m really risking embarrassing myself here—they were my imaginary friends for a little while. It was a brief period of time, but when I woke up in the morning, I had a case to solve, and Simon and Simon were going to help me out! When I’d get in trouble from my mom, I remember being really annoyed because I’d gotten in trouble in front of Simon and Simon.
Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), Law & Order: SVU
That relationship for me was about two people whose entire lives are their jobs. Their dedication to law enforcement is such that they really don’t have much of a life outside of their job and thusly all they have is each other. So it’s a partnership that’s deepened by that. I love that there was a great deal of sexual tension going on between them, but it was never explored, certainly not in any kind of tangible fashion. Since Chris Meloni left [in 2011], we get to always wonder what if…or could have…or should have. All those things are left to our own imaginations, which I always think is a more potent tool than if everything is spelled out for us. Which leads us to Moonlighting…
Barb: Matt, happy early birthday. I understand your birthday is tomorrow?
Matt Bomer: Thank you. Correct. Thank you.
Barb: So any exciting big plans for you? That you can share?
Matt Bomer: Just spending some time with the family, that’s it.
Barb: All right. Well, happy birthday again.
Matt Bomer: And I’m making homemade ice cream from scratch.
Tim DeKay: Oh.
Barb: Sounds good.
Matt Bomer: Look out now we’re going to be swinging from the chandeliers.
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We’re looking forward to watching Space Station 76, with the gorgeous Matt Bomer (who starred in Magic Mike). Fans of Fifty Shades wants him to be their Christian, do you think he’d be good for the role?
He’s so sweet, so dreamy! I haven’t read the book so I don’t know. But he is so dreamy, I adore him. He is so handsome and so sweet and an amazing father and he’s an all around beautiful person - and he is SO beautiful to look at. [x]