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Fans didn't get their wish to see him dominate 50 Shades Of Grey, so instead Matt Bomer has opted to take on a rather different icon. He'll be playing screen legend Montgomery Clift in an upcoming biopic.Clift started out on Broadway in 1935, and made his screen debut oposite John Wayne in Howard Hawkes' Red River in 1948. By the '50s he was a major Hollywood star, only rivalled by Marlon Brando although he was less prolific. He worked with Alfred Hitchcock on I Confess, and was nominated for an Oscar for From Here To Eternity.His career was cut short in 1956, however, when he was involved in an horrific car accident that left him with a broken jaw and nose, and permanent facial scarring. He continued to work in the likes of John Huston's The Misfits and Stanley Kramer's Judgement At Nuremberg, but never recovered from the crash. »
Director Paul Schrader says he is 'a free man' after production of thriller dogged by reports of behind-the-scenes tension
It came billed as an unwitting Hollywood disaster movie, a misconceived drama and a behind-the-scenes car crash. But when The Canyons touched down at the 70th Venice film festival, it appeared that most of the principal culprits had emerged unscathed. Only Lindsay Lohan – the film's volatile, troubled star – was conspicuous by her absence.
"Today I am a free man," said Paul Schrader, the film's director. "For the last 18 months I have been a hostage, of my own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress." He conceded that the experience of working with the Mean Girls actor had been tough for all concerned.
- Xan Brooks
Throughout February, BFI Southbank is presenting a season of films starring American actor Montgomery Clift, including such classics as A Place in the Sun, From Here to Eternity, I Confess, The Misfits and Red River, and to celebrate we're offering three readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to a film of their choosing.
Charismatic and insightful, Montgomery Clift bought a potent sensitivity to his portrayals which make him the most modern of Hollywood legends. He shared the screen with Katherine Hepburn, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor; was directed by John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock and Vittoria De Sica; and brought to life the writings of Tennessee Williams, Theodore Dreiser and Arthur Miller. A troubled psyche and tragic personal life shortened his career, yet there’s still much to celebrate.
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