Ryan Murphy Calls THE NORMAL HEART His 'Biggest Labor of Love'
Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horor Story) has talked openly about his excitement about THE NORMAL HEART to Entertainment Weekly. Murphy had much to say on the subject matter and what the story means for civil rights, as well as the storyline itself, and how fitting it is for this time in American history.
"It's a movie about AIDS, but it's also really a civil rights movie," says Murphy, who collaborated with Kramer for three years on the movie. "I think it's more timely than ever before. It's really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person.... It's an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it." He also adds, "Of everything I've done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love."
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The movie has a star studded cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons. The movie, based on the Tony Award-winning 1985 play by Larry Kramer, will premiere on HBO this spring.
The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller -- as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. So ahead of its time was this play that many of the core issues it addresses - including gay marriage, the healthcare system and, of course, AIDS - are just as relevant today as they were when it first premiered in 1985. After premiering Off-Broadway in 1985, it went to Broadway in 2011, and won three 2011 Tony® Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Ellen Barkin) and Best Featured Actor in a Play (John Benjamin Hickey).