Matt Bomer Talks "The Normal Heart" in Out June/July 2014
Growing up a fan of playwright Larry Kramer's work, Matt Bomer was completely honored when he scored a role in "The Normal Heart."
In the film, directed by Ryan Murphy and adapted from Kramer's play, the 36-year-old actor portrays Felix, a man dying from AIDS.
"I said, 'I really believe in Matt Bomer,'" Murphy recalls in the June/July 2014 issue of Out magazine. "And Larry said, 'But he's so beautiful! Is he too beautiful?'"
"I was pretty starstruck," Bomer said of meeting Kramer. "It was like meeting one of the Beatles. He was so central to my understanding and development. We talked for a really long time."
After their meeting, Larry emailed Ryan and simply said, "He's the one."
"The Normal Heart" is Kramer's semi-autobiographical play about the AIDS breakout in New York City. Bomer's stars alongside Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.
Bomer discussed his role with the mag and said, "You're really lucky as an artist if you get a role that changes you as a person. It taught me how to access myself on a completely different level as an artist. And it blew my mind in terms of the level of unconditional love between Ned and Felix—my goodness, if these people could incorporate this into their lives, under their circumstances, why can't I?"
"The Normal Heart" premieres on HBO May 25.
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