You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer Channel Old Hollywood Glamour at ‘The Last Tycoon’ Premiere

Amazon paid homage to the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the premiere of “The Last Tycoon” on Thursday night at the Harmony Gold Preview House.

The television adaption, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book of the same name, brought out stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, along with director and creator Billy Ray, to tell a story set in 1936 Hollywood.

The Last Tycoon” chronicles the narrative of Bomer’s Monroe Stahr, a dapper studio executive who battles his boss and mentor, Pat Brady (Grammer), for the soul of the studio. Grammer says his character is a self-made mogul and “the epitome of the American Dream.” The hostile world depicted in the series almost parallels the current atmosphere, he noted.

“The glitz and the glamour are still attractive and alluring, but the underbelly of it all, accomplishment, has a shabby childhood usually,” Grammer told Variety. “It’s something we all have to face. It doesn’t mean it’s wrong, it doesn’t mean it’s sad. It just means it’s the way it goes.”

Even though there are striking similarities between the show’s 1930s influences and the industry’s current climate, Bomer pointed out some differences. “As nice as it is to have freedom from the studio system, there was something great about [the control] because you were covered from all angles from the studio,” Bomer said. “They had your public image, they took care of your wardrobe, they took care of all your movies. I just don’t want to do 50 movies a year.”

According to Ray (“Captain Phillips,” “The Hunger Games”), the plot examines the question, “What does it cost you to leave an essential part of yourself behind to turn into this character?” referencing Stahr reinventing himself after being born Milton Sternberg. Ray hinted, “We’re infusing it with as much beauty and glamour and drama and soap opera and danger and violence as we can.”

Fitzgerald’s unfinished and posthumously published book wasn’t a burden to tackle, Ray said, but rather an opportunity. “Fitzgerald unfortunately died halfway through and left a bunch of possibilities that he wasn’t sure he was going to do. We get to finish the book for him,” he said.

After the screening, the cast gathered at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood, which was decorated with props from the set and completed with speciality cocktails —  including The Fitzgerald, Golden Boy, and The Starlet — toasting the show’s setting.

The first season streams Friday on Amazon.

More Scene

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: The 10 Standout Moments

    Amazon paid homage to the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the premiere of “The Last Tycoon” on Thursday night at the Harmony Gold Preview House. The television adaption, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book of the same name, brought out stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, along with director and […]

  • Michael B. Jordan

    'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Reign at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards (Full List)

    Amazon paid homage to the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the premiere of “The Last Tycoon” on Thursday night at the Harmony Gold Preview House. The television adaption, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book of the same name, brought out stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, along with director and […]

  • Brandon Flynn, Timothy Granaderos, Alisha Boe,

    Alisha Boe Says Brock Turner Case Was Her 'Bible' for '13 Reasons Why' Season 2

    Amazon paid homage to the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the premiere of “The Last Tycoon” on Thursday night at the Harmony Gold Preview House. The television adaption, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book of the same name, brought out stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, along with director and […]

  • Yara ShahidiMTV Movie & TV Awards,

    Yara Shahidi, Noah Schnapp, More Talk the Dangers of Social Media at MTV Awards

    Amazon paid homage to the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the premiere of “The Last Tycoon” on Thursday night at the Harmony Gold Preview House. The television adaption, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book of the same name, brought out stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, along with director and […]

  • A Night in the Writers' Room

    Parity Takes Center Stage at Variety's 'A Night in the Writers' Room' Drama Panel

    Amazon paid homage to the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the premiere of “The Last Tycoon” on Thursday night at the Harmony Gold Preview House. The television adaption, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book of the same name, brought out stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, along with director and […]

  • American Black Film Festival opening night

    Trevor Jackson Was Originally Told He Was 'Too Young' to Star in 'Superfly' Remake

    Amazon paid homage to the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the premiere of “The Last Tycoon” on Thursday night at the Harmony Gold Preview House. The television adaption, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book of the same name, brought out stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, along with director and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content