HBO's Film 'The Normal Heart' Airs May 2014 Starring Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo & Matt Bomer, Watch Behind the Scenes (VIDEO)
HBO airs original movie, The Normal Heart, starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer Sunday night, May 25th at 9PM/8C. You can watch the trailer above and also a behind the scenes look into the making and vision of the controversial movie.
The Normal Heart is directed by Ryan Murphy, written by Larry Kramer and produced by Brad Pitt, Murphy and Scott Ferguson. The film is based on his own 1985 play of same name. The film also stars Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff and Joe Mantello.
Plot: After seeing a friend succumb to a new disease killing gay men at the offices of Dr. Emma Brookner (Julia Roberts), Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) seeks to organize more action to combat it, even as his bluntness threatens to alienate people around him including his brother Ben (Alfred Molina), his lover Felix (Matt Bomer), and Bruce Niles (Taylor Kitsch), a closeted investment banker.
In August 2011, Ryan Murphy said in an interview with Deadline that he had optioned The Normal Heart and intended to produce the film version, starring Mark Ruffalo "and maybe Julia Roberts". The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the film news in January 2012, adding Alec Baldwin, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons to the previously announced cast. In March 2013, Taylor Kitsch joined the cast. In April 2013, the casting of actors Jonathan Groff and Joe Mantello was announced. In May 2013, the addition of Joel Grey and Alfred Molina was announced.
The filming began on June 8, 2013, in New York City, New York. On July 12, the crew were spotted shooting the film in Little Italy. During the course of filming, production was temporarily suspended to allow some of the actors to change their physical appearances; Bomer lost 40 pounds to show the ravages of AIDS on his character.