It’s just a few days until The Normal Heart debuts in the US (unfortunately it still doesn’t seem clear when those in the UK will get to see it), and the movie’s stars and director have been out in force to promote it.
That include Ryan Murphy, who helmed the movie, as he’s been talking (via HuffPo) about the movie and says that the sex scenes were particularly problematic. He’s says that initially Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo were both actors were ‘terrified’ of the scenes, as neither had done anything like it before.
“Mark, I believe, had never kissed a guy, ever, on camera,” Murphy says. “And he had certainly never had that level of sexuality. And I don’t think Matt had either. So I had a gay actor [Bomer] and a straight actor [Ruffalo]. And they were both terrified. But I just threw them into it.”
To get it right they even hire an on-set sex choreographer.
On the first day of shooting Murphy decided to challenge the guys, filming a scene that involves Ruffalo coming of a sauna where two guys are going at it. He walk by Bomer, pretty much ignoring him, as Bomer looks on lasciviously.
“We shot that almost as an homage to the bathhouse ads they used to run in New York in the early ’80s,’ he says. ‘So we just got into it, man. We just got into it. And they were nervous but they were game. They knew it was an important part of the story. They went for it.”
You can hear the full interview below and watch a new clip from The Normal Heart above.