White Collar: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)




White Collar is a USA Network television series that aired from 2009 – 2014, starring Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, con man turned FBI consultant. The show ran for a total of six seasons and, due to the exciting cast and fresh script writing, made for a few interesting circumstances. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: White Collar Was Loosely Based On Real Life

White-collar crime is defined as a financially motivated, nonviolent crime, typically committed by government officials and business professionals. Although many people have committed white-collar crimes, the real life Frank Abagnale Jr., who was a forger and a conman, is arguably the most infamous. White Collar was inspired by his crimes, which also inspired Catch Me If You Can (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Number Fourteen: Ghostly Reunion

Spoiler alert! Although Alexandra Daddario’s character (Kate) died on White Collar, she was reunited with former cast-mate Matt Bomer (Neal) on the TV show American Horror Story.

Number Thirteen: Something Doesn’t Sound Right

In “Point Blank” (Season 2, Episode 9) Mozzie uses a synthesizer in an attempt to break a musical code. A synthesizer is a monophonic instrument; it can only play one note at a time, yet when he gets frustrated and bangs on the keys, Mozzie plays random chords, which is impossible.

Number Twelve: White Stands Out

In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of crime dramas on TV right now. Although White Collar is off the air, it was a standout show for an unusual reason. The signature of USA Network is: “Characters Welcome.” The network puts an emphasis on the character development, first and foremost. Is that why you’re so hooked? “These scripts are really smart and fun and unique,” Bomer said. “There [are] a lot of character elements that come into play as well.”

Number Eleven: Fifty Shades of White

Bomer was tapped to play Christian Grey early on in the casting for the Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) movie. He was the top fan-favourite, and when Charlie Humman was cast instead (Jamie Dornan later replaced him due to scheduling issues), fans started a petition on Change.org that attained 93,239 signatures. Bomer turned down the role to begin with because the timing would have interfered with White Collar filming.

Number Ten: Hotel Wall Art

In “Need to Know” (Season 2, Episode 2), a conversation between Neal and Diana in a hotel room about the art on the walls divulges a secret. Behind hotel room hanging art, aspiring artists have inspired a new trend, painting directly on the walls. Next time you’re in a hotel room, take the painting off the wall to see if you can find some secret art!

Number Nine: Set Design By Carnegie Hall Architect

In White Collar, Neal moved in with an elderly woman named June. In real life, her character’s home is the Schinasi Mansion, which was designed by William Tuthill, and completed in 1909. Tuthill, a celebrated architect, also designed Carnegie Hall. The Schinasi Mansion is a designated New York City landmark.

Number Eight: Neal Can Fake Bonds, But He Can’t Fake Chemistry

Bomer was mad filming the Season 1 finale scene where Neal and Alex (Gloria Votsis) were in the pool. It wasn’t heated literally or metaphorically. “It was the one time I saw you real grouchy,” creator Jeff Eastin said to Bomer in a 2011 interview at PaleyFest. “I was freezing! Icicles were forming on my nose. I might as well have shot a scene from the Titanic,” Bomer said. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

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