A stunning portrait of the 'Normal Heart' couple by Robert Maxwell for 'W' magazine. Click to enlarge.
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It's time for that other most-famous AIDS play to have its moment in the television sun. Larry Kramer's "THE NORMAL HEART," arrived Off Broadway in 1985, a half decade or so before Tony Kushner's long since canonized "Angels in America," but it's taken a longer and more circuitous route to mainstream fame. It's HBO to the rescue again with a television adaptation, which, as with the fate of Angels, came on the heels of a long gestating but never-meant-to-be movie version. (Barbra Streisand tried for years to mount a film version of The Normal Heart giving herself the plum role of Emma Brookner a.k.a. 'Doctor Death')
Though it rarely does Kramer's 'Heart' any favors to compare it to the later masterwork, it's hard not to. They're linked in time structure, setting, historical record, and now in HBO incarnations. Think of The Normal Heart as Angels in America's angrier cruder earth-bound cousin. It doesn't bother with symbolism, poetry or spirituality - whether that's through lack of ability, desire, or bilious rejection of the escapist side of the fantastical who can say? Instead, it finds its power in fragile bodies and righteous rage in the face of mundane defeats and every day humiliations.
Which is why it's a little surprising at first to begin with the elemental: the open air, the sun and a glide over the water (supertitle: "1981") as we head to Fire Island.
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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.
Murphy 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.
Matt Bomer sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night to talk about his upcoming role in The Normal Heart, for which he lost 40 pounds. Bomer says he fasted for 21 days and went on an "extremely regimented diet."
Says Bomer of recalling the early days of the AIDS crisis: "The amount of social injustice is insane. It just lights a fire in your belly."
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For all our coverage of The Normal Heart, click HERE.
For those who may have been fantasizing about a perfect gay marriage to Magic Mike and The Normal Heart's Matt Bomer will have to make room in their honeymoon suite for three. It turns out that not only is Bomer married to his partner Simon Halls, but that they wed three years go, a full year before he came out publicly in 2012 when he accepted an award from the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs.
His interest in The Normal Heart was spurred by the work of Larry Kramer and people like him, and Bomer acknowledges that the many rights he has today, including marriage, are ones that he would not have otherwise.
In a behind-the-scenes videofrom his Details shoot, Beomer talks about working with Mark Ruffalo, reactions to rumors that he might have been cast in 50 Shades of Grey, whether he'll be doing a Mgic Mike sequel and what the hardest part was of shooting that film, going to the gym, his favorite designers, L.A. vs. N.Y., and his formal style tips.
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Matt Bomer heats up OUT magazine's May issue in a cover story geared around the premiere of HBO's The Normal Heart. Bomer transformed physically and emotionally for the 'life-changing' role, losing 40 pounds.
In a preview of the article, director Ryan Murphy calls Bomer's performance as Felix Turner "a very beautiful, spiritual thing to witness” and describes Larry Kramer's hesitation about casting Bomer, wondering if he was "too beautiful" for the role. Kramer later gave Bomer his blessing after a meeting between the actor, who "campaigned aggressively" for the role, and the playwright.
Said Bomer of meeting Kramer:
“I was pretty starstruck. It was like meeting one of the Beatles. He was so central to my understanding and development. We talked for a really long time."
Of the role, he added: "It taught me how to access myself on a completely different level as an artist."
Check out the full trailer for The Normal Heart here.
Photo by Kai Z. Feng