ManCrush: Murray Bartlett
Since the announcement that Season 2 of The White Lotus had got the green light, the question that we’ve been asking is whether Murray Bartlett would be returning to reprise his iconic role of Armond – a harried hotel manager at a luxury property.
What happened in Season 1 of The White Lotus?
As the series unfolded, we saw Armond descend from assured, capable, sober hotelier to rogue manager, high on drugs stolen from two teenage guests, set on sabotaging a deeply unpleasant honeymooner.
“Armond represents that part of all of us that is like: ‘What the fuck? What are we doing? What is going on?’” explained Bartlett, in an interview with The Guardian. “He’s waking up to the insanity of the nightmare that he’s in and just can’t hold up the public face any more.”
As well as watching Armond relapse into drug abuse – after five years of sobriety – we also got to see Armond proposition the father of the teenage guests whose cocktail of ketamine and prescription drugs he is taking, as well as Dillon, a porter. We get to see Armond rimming Dillon. Armond also takes a dump in a guest’s suitcase.
Will Murray Bartlett return to Season 2 of The White Lotus?
Unfortunately, it seems that Bartlett won’t be making an appearance in Season 2.
This time around, the action shifts to another White Lotus property – this one is in Sicily.
While it’s been reported that Jennifer Coolidge will be back for another high-stakes vacation, the resort will be staffed by a new team with an Italian flavour.
Who is Murray Bartlett
Bartlett was born in 1971 in Sydney.
He was raised in Perth, Western Australia.
Bartlett began his career in Australia, getting his break in 1993 with a role in popular series Neighbours.
Moving to the US in 2000, Bartlett steadily began to build a career for himself, landing roles in television as well as in theatre.
It was his role as Dom in the series Looking that really got our attention.
Bartlett took on one of the most beloved queer characters when he played Michael Tolliver in the reboot of Tales of the City.
Bartlett talks publicly about his sexuality and identifies as a gay man.