GLAMOUR: You’re in Ryan Murphy’s HBO movie The Normal Heart, about early AIDS activism. Love scenes are always awkward, but what’s it like with a man?
TAYLOR KITSCH: I play a guy who’s in the closet, leading a double life. The love story is timeless, though, so it wasn’t hard for me to get into. [X]
You mentioned The Normal Heart. You didn’t just lose twenty pounds for that … you were rockin’ some super-big, blond hair.
Fuckin’ eighties, right? And I was getting blown out every morning. I didn’t even know what that was! I just wrapped last week in New York — another insanely heavy movie, very heavy stuff — but man, we would die laughing. I would come in with blond hair like a mess at 5 a.m. I’m not a morning guy, for one, but I’d just be sitting there eating my breakfast, half asleep, and you’d just hear the blow dryer going forever. By the end of it, it was just a joke: I had to add some volume in between takes.
Ryan Murphy has a real knack for casting against type and letting actors do what they normally haven’t gotten to before. Did you feel that here, like you were doing something new?
[Exhales loudly.] On every level. But being out of your comfort zone is why you become an actor. You try to stretch yourself as much as you can.
So how did The Normal Heart stretch you?
I mean, look: I was born in ‘81. I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic. I’m straight, and playing a gay guy who’s leading a double life, who’s still in the closet, who’s losing his lovers, who has AIDS but won’t admit it to himself, who ends up dying … I mean, where do you want to start? Fuck me, dude. It’s insane. The body type, the fact that he works at Citibank, very high up on Wall Street, so learning that part of it and reading an insane amount of books about guys who were leading those kinds of lives, learning about AZT and where it started … I knew probably the surface stuff, but what I learned for this, the education I got, that was another great tool.
And something that can hopefully build on what Dallas Buyers Club is doing right now.
That’s a great film, and McConaughey just knocked it the fuck out. [The Normal Heart] will really put you there. It’s a bit more aggressive look into that world. [X]
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JJ: So you have The Normal Heart coming up. What was it like working with Ryan Murphy on this project compared to working with him on Glee?
JG: It was great. I mean he is a creative genius and from Glee to Nip/Tuck to American Horror Story to The Normal Heart, all of his work is so different and at the same time has a similar sensibility and it was sort of the same thing working with him. I actually did a pilot with him years ago before I did Glee called Pretty Handsome. So I did that with him, then I did Glee with him, and now I’m doing The Normal Heart. You know, loyalty is such a special quality in this business. Not only with me, but so many of the actors and crew that he works with remain so loyal and I think that’s really special. I really appreciate him for that and I love the play. I saw it off-Broadway ten years ago and then I saw it on Broadway two years ago and I think it’s so powerful and I just hope we can do the play justice because it’s such a powerful piece of theater.
JJ: How would you describe your cast members from The Normal Heart in one word?
JJ: Matt Bomer?
JJ: Mark Ruffalo?
JJ: Jim Parsons?
JG: I never worked with Jim, but I would say southern.
JJ: Taylor Kitsch?
JJ: Julia Roberts?
JG: Kind. [X]
Jim Parsons on Jay Leno talking about The Normal Heart movie. (November 22, 2013) [X]
HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Filming at Cathedral Wednesday
Film crews have set up shop on the Cathedral of the Incarnation property to shoot a scene for the upcoming movie, “The Normal Heart" starring Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, and Julia Roberts, Patch has confirmed.
The scene involves the funeral of one of the main characters. Shooting is taking place inside the cathedral as well as on the grounds.
According to a Cathedral spokeswoman, crews will be on the property Wednesday only.
The film, due to premiere sometime in 2014, is about a gay activist who attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s. It is directed by Ryan Murphy and written by Larry Kramer,based on his own 1985 play of the same name. [X]
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