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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… White Collar
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… White Collar

Beginning in 2009, White Collar ran for six seasons and ended its glorious run last year. Starring Magic Mike XXL's Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a charming and elusive white collar criminal who is forced to team up with FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) to help the bureau catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman, the show built a rabid fanbase and made Bomer a global star.

With all six seasons of the show now released exclusively with hmv (you can order it on the right-hand side of the page) we thought we’d celebrate and present 10 things you didn’t know about White Collar

 

It had a very different working title…

It’s hard to imagine the show with any other title, but when it was first pitched to networks the show was named Commuted. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it...

 

Matt Bomer saw off a lot of competition to win the role of Neal Caffrey…

According to the show’s creator Jeff Eastin they saw over 300 actors for the role of Caffrey before they settled on Bomer. That’s a few very long days…

 

The show was conceived using Google Street View…

Although a seasoned writer and already into his 40s by the time he began working on White Collar Eastin had never actually set foot in New York. Now tasked with writing a show set in the Big Apple Eastin was forced to use Google Street View to write his first episode. He’s been there since then, a lot...

 

Bomer’s Neal Caffrey owes a lot to a very famous businessman…

When pitching the show Eastin needed to give studio executives some context to describe his main character Neal Caffrey and he settled on one of the planet’s most famous tycoons. Asked to sum up Caffrey, he called him “An evil Donald Trump”, this was, of course, way before Mr Trump launched his assault on the White House…

 

The show’s had plenty of big-name guest stars…

True Blood hunk Joe Manganiello, The Twilight Saga’s Jackson Rathbone and San Andreas leading lady Alexandra Daddario were among a parade of big-name guests who appeared during the show’s six season run.

 

By the end Bomer and DeKay were doing rather well out of the show…

By the show’s end the pair were making north of $100,000 an episode. It’s not The Big Bang Theory, but it’ll do...

 

That pool shot, it was just as difficult as it looks…

There’s a moment in the episode named Stealing Home when Bomer’s Caffrey pulls off a seemingly impossible shot on the pool table. It was almost impossible to do too as it took Bomer over 100 takes to actually nail it!

 

Only one thing has featured in every single episode…

And that is Neal’s ever-so-stylish hat…

 

The show ended quite suddenly…

The series’ final run only lasted for six episodes, but cast, crew and creatives alike have made it clear they’d be up for a TV movie in the future. Here’s hoping...

 

Four series of the show have never been released on DVD in the UK…

Until now...

 

White Collar - The Con-Plete Collection is out now on DVD.

White Collar: The Con-plete Collection (hmv Exclusive)
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