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Bomer, Kitsch, Parsons, Ruffalo, and Roberts Gather to Preview 'The Normal Heart'

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The cast of The Normal Heart  — Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, and director Ryan Murphy — assembled at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena to preview the upcoming HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer's iconic play on Thursday.

The Hollywood Reporter has a good wrap-up of the Q&A event:

[Julia] Roberts, meanwhile, noted she'd been approached to play the part [of Dr. Emma Brookner, a polio survivor who treats several of the early victims of HIV/AIDS] before but turned it down because she couldn't understand just who the character was at her core. But when Murphy called, the actress watched a documentary on polio and it all came together, prompting her to join the production. "It unlocked the door to who this woman is to me and where her ferocious, relentless pursuit of correctness comes from," Roberts said. "It was such a beautiful experience to get to play her and get to pay tribute to a person who never let anything stand between her and the right thing to do for someone else."

Asked if it was a priority to cast openly gay actors in the project -- both Bomer and Parsons are out -- Murphy noted he went after the best actor, gay or straight. "We never went after anyone based on sexuality," he said, noting that the world has changed a lot in the past five years.

Parsons and Bomer, for their part, noted that they don't think of themselves as gay actors but rather just actors. "I was only anxious about when the conversation would happen," the Big Bang Theory star said. "Then it happened and it was out there, and it was no big deal -- and that was a relief."

The film debuts in May. Some of the first footage was released in an HBO promo in December. Hopefully we'll get a full trailer soon, as one was shown at TCA.

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  1. Yikes. How tall is Mark Ruffalo?

    Posted by: Timbo | Jan 10, 2014 2:28:16 PM

  2. I almost didn't recognize Sheldon without his superhero t-shirt...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 10, 2014 2:30:22 PM

  3. literally counting the day! cannot wait to see this film, and to have millions of people finally get to experience this ground-breaking landmark of American Art.

    thank you Larry Kramer!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 10, 2014 2:41:10 PM

  4. Short hair looks great on Matt Bomer.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Jan 10, 2014 2:43:27 PM

  5. "Parsons and Bomer, for their part, noted that they don't think of themselves as gay actors but rather just actors."

    That's really what everyone should do. I don't tell anyone I'm a GAY artist, I simply say I'm an artist. Sexuality has nothing to do with profession.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 10, 2014 2:48:36 PM

  6. Matt looks so much better with that haircut IMHO

    Posted by: Felix | Jan 10, 2014 3:15:21 PM

  7. Bomer is looking fine in this pic.

    I dunno if the "The Normal Heart" will trump "Angels in America" but I hope it can be just as good.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 10, 2014 3:23:01 PM

  8. Nope. Liked the Bomer better with more hair.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 10, 2014 4:46:43 PM

  9. They are actors who have the integrity to be out instead of having to continue their public lives actively hiding their sexuality, as many closeted actors do.

    Looking forward to this. Remember seeing it in New York years ago; glad it's finally making it to the screen--HBO should be a good home for it.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 10, 2014 5:06:24 PM

  10. Mr Bomer looks extremely hot with the short hair- this is a great cast I hope the movie is a just a great.

    Posted by: jarago | Jan 10, 2014 5:32:27 PM

  11. Bomer, Parsons and Harris are probably the three most successful out guys right now in TV. Of the three, Bomer is probably the least well known.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 10, 2014 7:16:55 PM

  12. Anon, where in the US? Big Bang is NOT watched internationally at all and after the Christian Grey sh*t with Bomer, he's very well known.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 11, 2014 1:06:15 PM

  13. @ Rowan - I beg to differ on Big Bang Theory NOT watched internationally. I have friends throughout Europe and they are constantly raving about BBT. So, because of your comment I decided that a quick search might be in order ....

    And, quite honestly I would much prefer BBT being a worldwide hit then some trash like "Two and a Half Men".

    Posted by: ThomT | Jan 11, 2014 2:29:14 PM

  14. Julia, surrounded by gay men.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Jan 11, 2014 10:00:06 PM

  15. @Anon - 'Bomer the least well known'? LOL, not! Bomer certainly with the most promising film career of roles he won't be typecast in, and the world's first openly gay sex symbol. Thank you Matt for coming along and becoming the perfect role model!

    Posted by: Scott | Jan 12, 2014 3:21:41 PM

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