‘Magic Mike’ star Matt Bomer and ‘Bridgerton’ actor Jonathan Bailey engage in a steamy love affair during 1950s Lavender Scare in McCarthy-era Washington in the upcoming Showtime miniseries
Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey are star-crossed lovers at a dangerous time.
In a sneak peek at Showtime’s upcoming limited series travel companionsthe scene takes place the night Dwight D. Eisenhower won the 1952 presidential election. magic mike‘s Bomer, 45, plays Hawkins Fuller, a charismatic man who has a lucrative political career working behind the scenes. While Bridgerton‘s Bailey, 35, takes on the role of Tim Laughlin, a newcomer who was raised in religious faith.
The clip features glimpses of the secretive couple in a steamy love affair during a time during Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s moral war against “subversives and sexual deviants,” also known as the Lavender Scare, according to the series’ official synopsis.
As Bomer and Bailey exchange lingering glances in a hallway apparently on Capitol Hill, the scene cuts to snapshots of the lovers kissing, Hawk taking a picture of Tim on the beach and giving each other an emotional hug.
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In addition to the couple, the lives of the show’s five main characters – Hawk, Tim, Marcus (Jelani Alladin), Lucy (Allison Williams) and Frankie (Noah J. Ricketts) – are followed over four decades.
They all cross paths on their individual journeys in the 1960s during the Vietnam War protests, the 1970s during an era of drugs and hedonism, and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
“They’re not flashbacks, really. We’re playing the different time frames against each other,” said show creator Ron Nyswaner. entertainment weekly. “It’s about the decisions we make having ramifications we don’t see. It’s very bad and we may not see them for 30 years, and they alter our lives in different ways. So you live with the decisions you make. Even as you try to avoid them , they usually show up somewhere.”
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travel companions is based on his novel of the same name by author Thomas Mallon, and is executive produced by Nyswaner, Bomer and Robbie Rogers, with Daniel Minahan producing and directing the first two episodes.
Last week, Bailey revealed that he had been waiting to take on a “sweeping gay love story.”
“My answer was always, ‘Well, I’d love to do a radical gay love story,’ but my experience really was that I had never seen them,” he said. vanity fair. “Or if I had, I hadn’t seen actors like Matt and I play those roles.”
He added: “The nuance of a complicated and volatile queer relationship is the balance of power, and that’s what’s amazing about Tim and Hawk. Every sex scene is a meticulous examination of power. I’ll be very interested to see how people respond. For me, being queer is also about, as two men, how you negotiate the giving of your body to the other person. That’s something I’ve always longed to see done right because I know how extraordinary it is to experience it.”
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travel companions premieres on Showtime this fall and will air on Paramount+.
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