Mark Ruffalo to Star in Film Adaptation of ‘The Normal Heart’


At the junket for The Kids Are All Right (which he's great in, btw), Mark Ruffalo tells MTV News that he's going to star in Larry Kramer's adaptation of his semi-autobiographical play The Normal Heart.

Says Ruffalo of The Normal Heart: "It's basically a story of when the AIDS outbreak happened in New York. It wasn't really taken seriously, I think specifically because it was 'the gay cancer,' they called it. I think it's a really interesting time in America. I think to see someone who really does change the world by his commitment and he's even totally by himself at times, there's still a real power in that. I love that it's a people-powered movement that actually changed the way our government looked at this epidemic. I think there's a real powerful message to that and something that we forget. We can get really cynical about what we can do, it gets stacked against us and they're all corrupt — and at the end of the day, everything starts with people. The reason they're there is because of us...It's a juicy part. It's just a great role, man. He's a fighter, you know?" 

Ryan Murphy is involved in the production as well, though in what capacity is not clear.


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