Out Cinema: Matt Bomer Stars In ‘Papi Chulo’

Matt Bomer in ‘Papi Chulo’ (Blue Fox Ent.)

Matt Bomer stars in the upcoming buddy comedy, Papi Chulo.

Bomer plays “Sean,” a gay weatherman who hits a rough patch of depression following a major breakup.

Written and directed by gay Irish filmmaker John Butler (Handsome Devil), Papi Chulo made its world premiere last fall at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

The official synopsis reads:

“After a newly-single TV weatherman is put on leave following an on-air meltdown, he directs his energy into home improvement and hires a middle-aged Latino day laborer named Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño) to help. Despite a language barrier and having nothing in common, the two men develop an unexpected but profound friendship in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in contemporary Los Angeles.”

“My ex has been gone for six months now and I have to admit I’m not good at being alone,” Sean tells Ernesto in the trailer. “I never have been.”

The film also features Elena Campbell-Martinez (The Big Bang Theory), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs, Bridesmaids), and D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place).

Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño (Blue Fox Ent.)

Variety’s Joe Laydon praised the film in his review, describing Bomer’s Sean as “played with admirable fearlessness,” and the film as a whole as a “scrupulously low-key and unassumingly ingratiating dramedy.”

“A warm-hearted tale of emotional healing through an unlikely friendship.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“The film captures something universal and profound: the fleeting human connections that can change a life forever.” – Screen Daily

Bomer earned an Emmy nomination and Golden Globe Award for his performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart, and recently appeared on Will & Grace as news anchor McCoy Whitman, Will’s love interest.

The 41-year-old made his Broadway debut last year in the acclaimed revival of the groundbreaking gay drama, The Boys in the Band. Producer Ryan Murphy has announced he will produce a screen version of the production for Netflix.

The Magic Mike actor is currently starring in the DC Universe series Doom Patrol.

Papi Chulo hits theaters June 7.