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Matt Bomer on How Tom Cruise Inspired Him to Go 'Cray Cray' as Darren Criss’ Brother on Glee

Matt Bomer on How Tom Cruise Inspired Him to Go 'Cray Cray' as Darren Criss’ Brother on Glee
Matt Bomer in 'Glee'
Matt Bomer channeled Tom Cruise's 'Magnolia' performance on 'Glee.'

White Collar hunk Matt Bomer is headed to the halls of McKinley High when he guest stars on the April 10 episode of Glee. Bomer will play Cooper Anderson, the big brother of the equally dashing Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss). Bomer recently chatted with about letting loose during his guest stint on the hit FOX series.

“It was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had,” said Bomer of his character, the star of a free-credit rating commercial on the show and thus a celebrity in the small town of Lima, Ohio. “It’s so fun to play a character who has such strong convictions and opinions that are completely misguided and come from all the wrong places.”

A longtime fan of Glee, Bomer got emotional when asked to appear on the show. "Ryan [Murphy] just gave me the call and said, ‘Do you wanna come on and be part of an episode?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely. That would be fantastic.’ He called me the next day and pitched me the character and the story arc and I literally had tears rolling down my face,” Bomer revealed. “[Co-creator] Ian Brennan is a friend of mine as well. They both just gave me such rich material to go off of. They let me go as cray cray as I wanted to.”

So just how exactly did Bomer channel his inner cray cray? “I based Cooper on a combination of Tom Cruise in Magnolia, Valerie Cherish [from The Comeback], and a really crazy acting teacher I had who shall remain nameless,” said Bomer. “I remember taking notes copiously and trying to infuse it all into my acting. I look back and, oh no, they were just batshit crazy.”

Click below for a sneak peak at Bomer on the “Big Bro” episode of Glee.

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