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HBO's "The Normal Heart" arrives Sunday, and for the network - and director Ryan Murphy - this is a considerable undertaking not without risk, for these times are - in some regards - more polarized than '85, when the Joseph Papp production opened at the Public Theater. (The role of Ned Weeks - essentially the play's author Larry Kramer - was originated by "Midnight Express'" Brad Davis - Billy...Read more »
"The Normal Heart" -- Larry Kramer's autobiographical play on the AIDS crisis from 1985 -- will arrive on HBO May 25, with Jim Parsons in the role of Tommy Boatwright (which he also played on Broadway). That means ... interviews!
On Thursday night he spoke to Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" about the play, the role, and what it all means now (though in truth he doesn't get too deeply into that aspect). It's an interesting interview, and all I'd strongly advise that as you watch this (and "The Normal Heart"), do not -- I repeat, do not -- think of Sheldon Cooper. Strip your mind of the iconic role, if possible.
"Heart," directed by Ryan Murphy, has a reasonably remarkable cast: Besides Parsons, Matt Bomer plays Felx Turner, while Alfred Molina and Mark Ruffalo play the Weeks' brothers, Ben and Ned, respectively. (Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch and Jonathan Groff also star.)
There's no way around it: This will be a big Emmy winner for HBO, and -- I suspect -- for Parsons.