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Ryan Murphy On Filming Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer’s Sex Scenes in 'The Normal Heart' – AUDIO

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With the release of HBO’s upcoming adaption of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart right around the corner, director Ryan Murphy recently spoke with Michelangelo Signorile about the film - detailing some of the challenges that went into shooting the intense sex scenes between Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer.

Ryan murphyMurphy said that both Bomer and Ruffalo had never dealt with that level of sexuality on camera before and were initially “terrified” of the shoot, despite Murphy bringing in a “sex choreographer” to help ease the actors’ tension.

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And head over to The Huffington Post to check out the full interview.

The Normal Heart stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons, and chronicles the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City as seen through the eyes of an activist. The film arrives May 25.  

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  1. History is being made - 2 men kissing and having sex in an American movie. It's history period, and another nail in the coffin of homophobia.

    Posted by: David From Canada | May 20, 2014 9:37:54 PM


  2. Queer as folks also had very graphic sex scenes. Of course it was a TV series not a TV movie. I remember even the HBO movie "Angels in America" had a cruising scene which depicts the two leads having anal intercourse which must be quite shocking to a lot of people.

    Posted by: simon | May 20, 2014 9:55:28 PM


  3. The idea that professional actors are still 'terrified' of this but will face a scene of heterosexual rape, torture or murder calmly is, quite frankly, a disgusting indictment of our entire culture.

    Posted by: Charles | May 20, 2014 10:02:27 PM


  4. @Charles: In the movie "Death Trap" from the 1980's, Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine share a quick man-on-man kiss on the lips. Caine stated that they were both so nervous that he had to drink quite a bit(alcohol)before they did the scene. Males and homophobia - a kiss!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: David From Canada | May 20, 2014 10:16:16 PM


  5. I'm left wondering if I'm qualified to be a sex choreographer or if I need one. I suppose if you have to ask then the answer is obvious.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | May 20, 2014 10:21:58 PM


  6. Oh my, the sex scene must have been terrifying for Matt Bomer. Yes, terrifying. Faking it must have been so terrifying. Call the cops - Ryan Murphy is traumatized about terrifying fake sex between men.

    Posted by: petey | May 20, 2014 10:23:52 PM


  7. Wow I definitely don't feel like this is in any way historic.

    Posted by: Craig | May 20, 2014 11:09:11 PM


  8. Not to doubt Ruffalo's ally status, but um, his serious f*&k scene in The Kids Are Alright was pretty intense.

    I just wish I were in between Ruffalo and Bomer helping them out.

    Posted by: DavidR | May 20, 2014 11:45:21 PM


  9. Craig,

    Ryan Murphy is recycling cliches from the 1980's to somehow convince us that The Normal Heart is terribly important.

    Posted by: petey | May 20, 2014 11:45:22 PM


  10. The night I saw Deathtrap in the movies, when Caine & Reeve kissed, a woman in the back shouted "Oh my God, not Superman!" At least Christopher Reeve wasn't afraid to shatter stereotypes.

    Posted by: Socrates | May 21, 2014 12:05:17 AM


  11. The night I saw Deathtrap in the movies, when Caine & Reeve kissed, a woman in the back shouted "Oh my God, not Superman!" At least Christopher Reeve wasn't afraid to shatter stereotypes.

    Posted by: Socrates | May 21, 2014 12:05:17 AM


  12. Ryan Murphy deserves a medal just for navigating the choppy waters in dealing with Larry Kramer--or maybe sainthood. (Kramer is a brilliant talent, a giant in gay history, and a major figure in the battle against AIDS and homophobia; he's also spiteful, bile-filled, a rage-aholic, intolerant, and accuses everyone who disagrees with him of being anti-Semitic. It's a miracle Murphy finally got a script and a movie that made Kramer remotely happy.)

    Posted by: Dback | May 21, 2014 1:13:58 AM


  13. I am beyond outraged that that Prostitute/Pretty Woman is single handedly ruining the movie for me!

    Posted by: iban4yesu | May 21, 2014 1:43:08 AM


  14. Am I a bad gay for not wanting to really see another film about HIV in the 80s? There have already been many. I'm sure it's well done and groundbreaking in many ways, but I'd much rather see something contemporary because there is so much social change happening now.

    Posted by: ironic serendipity | May 21, 2014 2:53:43 AM


  15. @Ironic Serendipity - I do get sick of all the attention HIV gets in the gay community sometimes...I'd like to see mental health issues be addressed as well, and substance abuse. Those are also rampant problems... I doubt you're going to see fundraising dinners for mental health issues...but AIDS Benefits are very in vogue. Mental health, at least my vantage point, seems to be more stigmatized in the gay community than HIV.

    Posted by: steve | May 21, 2014 3:47:11 AM


  16. @Ironic Serendipity - I do get sick of all the attention HIV gets in the gay community sometimes...I'd like to see mental health issues be addressed as well, and substance abuse. Those are also rampant problems... I doubt you're going to see fundraising dinners for mental health issues...but AIDS Benefits are very in vogue. Mental health, at least my vantage point, seems to be more stigmatized in the gay community than HIV.

    Posted by: steve | May 21, 2014 3:47:12 AM


  17. It's all in the AIDS industry's agenda.... They just need to have the cash keep flowing in. Therefore, you are again expected to reach for hankies (no, not the oh-so-retro "codes" but as in "a three hanky weeper"!) and while you are doing it, hopefully you might as well reach for your checkbook, too.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | May 21, 2014 4:51:51 AM


  18. Wow! The bitterness and spite in some of the comments above is absolutely shocking.

    With "friends" like these, who needs enemies.

    Posted by: Mikey | May 21, 2014 5:43:58 AM


  19. I agree with Mikey. A lot of gay bitterness and spite here. With "friends" like these commenters who needs enemies.

    By the way, Matt Bomer and hubby sat near me at the May 9 performance of Hedwig and both looked mighty fine indeed.

    Posted by: Andrew | May 21, 2014 6:21:41 AM


  20. Many of the commentators here are part of the problem, yuck.

    Posted by: Rob | May 21, 2014 6:50:12 AM


  21. Whatever the outcome, I sure hope they tongue kiss for once... I'm so sick and tired of two guys kissing in movies with on tongue action... or the terrible ones in porn......

    Posted by: V-8 | May 21, 2014 7:18:59 AM


  22. I think it's great that people say what they really feel in these comments. It's helpful to me to examine their point-of-view even when they anger me. Steve's comment in particular gave me something to think about. I don't think the comments here are part of the problem. A failure to ultimately move toward a positive outcome after expressing one's feelings is what we need to worry about.

    Posted by: Markt | May 21, 2014 7:34:46 AM


  23. As far as the "historic" label being applied to "The Normal Heart" let us not forget about the 1982 film "Making Love."

    Posted by: Eric | May 21, 2014 8:17:31 AM


  24. It's interesting that expressing any other sentiment about his film other than absolute and breathless anticipation is called 'bitterness'. It's yet another film about HIV and gay men set in NYC, how truly original is that? Longtime Companion (1989), Love, Valour, Compassion (1997), Angels in American (film adaptation 2003) and many others. Even the premise for Dallas Buyers Club was far more interesting and unique in term of films about HIV. Is the value of this film really about having two gay guys having sex in a mainstream film? Is that all? That's tragic.

    What I'm desperately craving are films set in random places across the US (besides NYC, LA and SF) relating to everyday contemporary issues that LGBT people face today. The lesbian couple in Omaha who want a marriage license; or the gay teen in Memphis facing bullying at high school; or what it's like for rural gays to find love in North Dakota.

    Posted by: ironic serendipity | May 21, 2014 8:50:40 AM


  25. I can only assume that the people who are complaining about the attention that is given to HIV/AIDS in the gay community do not know anyone how is living with HIV, or has died from AIDS. If you do and still feel this way, you're a pretty damn poor excuse for a friend/loved one.

    Posted by: Gary | May 21, 2014 9:56:31 AM


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