Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer Star in The Normal Heart

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Julia Roberts - Photo © Richard Chavez
Oscar winner Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons star in HBO Films’ The Normal Heart coming to HBO in May. Larry Kramer adapted his Tony Award winning play and Emmy winner Ryan Murphy (Glee) directs this dramatic film that takes place in New York City in the early ’80s at the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis.
The cast of this film adaptation of the critically acclaimed play also includes Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock, and BD Wong. Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Jason Blum, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner executive produce with Ruffalo co-executive producing.
The Origin of The Normal Heart [Courtesy of HBO]:
“In 1981, writer Larry Kramer hosted a gathering of six gay men and their friends to discuss the ‘gay cancer,’ and to talk about fundraising for research. This informal meeting in Kramer’s home would lead to the formation of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), one of the first advocacy groups for HIV prevention and care. Kramer’s play debuted at New York’s Public Theatre in 1985 and was revived in Los Angeles and London, and off-Broadway. The 2011 Broadway revival garnered five Tony nominations, winning for Best Revival, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.”
The Plot:
Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS.
Alfred Molina plays Ned’s older brother, Ben, who is a successful attorney. Joe Mantello plays Mickey Marcus, who is an instrumental member of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Jonathan Groff plays Craig, Bruce’s lover, an early victim of HIV-AIDS. Denis O’Hare portrays Hiram Keebler, Mayor Koch’s gay aide. Stephen Spinella plays Sanford, one of Dr. Brookner’s first patients. Corey Stoll portrays presidential senior advisor John Bower. Finn Wittrock plays Albert, a male model. BD Wong portrays Buzzy, a nurse who works with Dr. Brookner.
Source: HBO Films
-Posted by Rebecca Murray

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