Ryan Murphy Comments on THE NORMAL HEART Emmy Nomination
It's been a banner year for Ryan Murphy. As executive producer of American Horror Story: Coven and director of HBO's feature film The Normal Heart as well as a writer for the FOX musical dramedy GLEE, Murphy earned a whopping 34 Emmy nominations yesterday morning.
Commenting to Deadline.com on working on the television adaptation of the Tony Winning play The Normal Heart, Murphy shared, "I worked with Larry Kramer for five years on The Normal Heart. I really believed that it is the culture's sacred text. It was important to get it right. The tone on the set was like that of a church. It was a passion project for everyone who worked on it"
He also praised the cast of AHS: Coven, calling them, "the best actors or actresses in the world." He continued, " It's really a treat to see Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett all together. I would never have thought it was possible to get all these actresses together in one scene, let alone in horror title."
The EP also teased what viewers can expect from the show's next installment, titled AHS: Freak Show. "It's about identity and the disenfranchised, and how we treat people that are different. You could say that's a recurring theme in all my work."
HBO's The Normal Heart debuted on MAY 25th. The drama starred Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts. The drama also starsAlfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare,Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock, and BD Wong.
Directed by Ryan Murphy and written by Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, THE NORMAL HEART, tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS Crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.