BWW Profile: Mark Ruffalo Emmy Nominated Star of Stage and Screen

In anticipation of the live 66th Annual Emmy Award broadcast on NBC on Monday, August 25th, BWW will be spotlighting the Emmy nominated TV performances of some of Broadway’s biggest stars. If you want to follow along and interact with all of BroadwayWorld’s Emmy coverage, check out #BWWEmmys on Twitter.

Mark Ruffalo first burst onto the scene in the critical darling, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME in 2000. With his first major role, he was on every critic’s must-watch list immediately. Since then, he’s never stopped working. “The Normal Heart" is Ruffalo’s first major role on television, and clearly the Emmy community, along with the rest of us, stood up and took notice. His 2014 Emmy nomination is yet another addition to his length list of past nominations in a career that spans nearly two decades.

Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1967, Mark moved with his family from Wisconsin to Virginia and eventually to California where he ended up in Los Angeles. He began taking acting classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory which led to co-founding the Orpheus Theatre Company. He tended bar for many years until his first big break.

After nine years of minor roles in films, Ruffalo made a name for himself in YOU CAN COUNT ON ME with Laura Linney and Rory Culkin. From there he has gone on to appear in over 35 films to date. Some of my personal favorites include ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, ZODIAC, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, SHUTTER ISLAND, MARGARET and NOW YOU SEE ME, as well as those mentioned below in the videos. With his casting as the Incredible Hulk in Marvel’s THE AVENGERS, he has become an international superstar while still maintaining his roots as a family man and activist.

Married now for 14 years with three children, Ruffalo is politically active, especially in advocating against fracking; mainly in northeast Pennsylvania near his family’s land. Up next, he will be seen in FOXCATCHER with Channing Tatum and Steve Carrell and the much anticipated sequel, THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.

With his turn as Ned Weeks in HBO’s THE NORMAL HEART, Ruffalo is part of an ensemble of outstanding actors including Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff and Julia Roberts in this brilliant film adaptation of the 1985 Larry Kramer play of the same name. It is a glaringly honest glimpse at the early frustration that AIDS and HIV were virtually ignored by the government in the early 1980s; not to mention that many citizens claimed it was “gay cancer.” Each actor in this ensemble perfectly encapsulates the helplessness that was this frightening time period.

Here are five video clips that I have chosen from his vast amount of work over the last 15 years. The first is a telling scene from YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, with Ruffalo telling a young Rory Culkin why he doesn’t like Rory’s father. The second is the emotional “breakup” from the romantic comedy, 13 GOING ON 30 with Jennifer Garner (a personal favorite of my sister and her daughter). Next is his Oscar-nominated performance in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, where he and his biological son try bonding over basketball, followed by his most talked about scene in THE AVENGERS, when he, Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk reveals his secret to the rest of the Avengers. And lastly, an interview about his Emmy nominated performance in THE NORMAL HEART.

Source: BWW

The Emmy Awards 2014 predictions - The Normal Heart

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Outstanding Made for Television Movie

• Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO)

• The Normal Heart (HBO)*+

• Sherlock: “His Last Vow” (PBS)

• The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

• Killing Kennedy (National Geographic)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

• Matt Bomer on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)*+

• Martin Freeman on “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

• Colin Hanks on “Fargo” (FX)

• Joe Mantello on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

• Alfred Molina on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

• Jim Parsons on “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

• “American Horror Story: Coven” (Episode: “Bitchcraft”), written by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk (FX)

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special.

• “Fargo” (Episode: “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”), written by Noah Hawley (FX)

• “Luther,” written by Neil Cross (BBC America)

• “The Normal Heart,” written by Larry Kramer (HBO)*+

• “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” written by Steven Moffat (PBS)

• “Treme” (Episode: “…To Miss New Orleans”), written by David Simon & Eric Overmyer (HBO)

BUZZ SUGAR: Emmy Predictions: Our Picks For This Year’s Winners

Outstanding Television Movie

Outstanding TV movie is just one of The Normal Heart’s 16 nominations, and it’s 100 percent worthy of the win. Ryan Murphy directed the powerful adaptation, and nothing was lost on the way from the stage. The performances are incredibly affecting, the writing is spot-on, and we’re willing to bet every one of the Emmy voters cried while watching the movie. Sherlock: His Last Vow is probably the toughest competition, but voters love to honor a good stage adaptation. (See: Angels in America.)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Mark Ruffalo gives a wonderful and tragic performance as Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart, one that’s hard to shake once you’ve watched the film. The movie is a triumph due in a large part to Ruffalo’s character’s evolution over the course of the AIDS crisis. He’s up against the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Billy Bob Thornton, and Martin Freeman, but we’re hoping Ruffalo gets the credit he’s due.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

HBO’s The Normal Heart is filled with heartbreaking performances, but Matt Bomer’s rapid onscreen transformation from charming journalist to terrified and vulnerable HIV patient takes the cake. We’ve never seen Bomer like this before, and we have a feeling that Emmy voters will take notice.

 Mike the Fanboy: TV Heartbeat 2014 Emmy Predictions! Who’s Going Home with Some Gold on Monday?

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

Despite the really in-your-face tone of the movie which could off viewers, The Normal Heart is taking home this prize and probably most of the acting prizes as well.

LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Idris Elba, Luther
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On the Edge
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

In a perfect world, Benedict, Martin and Billy Bob would all be recognized for their work. However, Mark anchors The Normal Heart which is out to sweep all the male acting awards so he’s taking home the trophy. Billy Bob may creep in here for his singular and fascinating performance in Fargo.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Matt Bomer will be grabbing the hardware on this one. A showcase supporting role, Matt proves that he’s more than a charming face that wears suits really well.

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What We Learned About Our Favorite Emmy Nominees
Matt Bomer reveals that he and Mark Ruffalo turned their shared fear into a bond:
We found comfort in each other and we both knew we had done a lot of work and we just trusted that. Immediately after that first day, after we expressed that fear, I just started to feel more and more comfortable, and by the end of that first take we thought this could really be a profound experience
Alfred Molina is betting on his co-stars:
My money’s not on me—my money’s on Matt or Joe. I was talking about this with my daughter; She asked me, ‘Are you excited?’ I’m absolutely thrilled, but I don’t think for a minute I’m going to win. It’s just nice to have that recognition. People say, ‘I’m just glad to be nominated,’ and it always sounds like bullshit—excuse my French—but I get it now. I’m thrilled and delighted, but I’m no fool.
Joe Mantello would like you to reconsider his role in The Normal Heart:
This is so strange because I’m not really an actor! 
Source: Out.com

What We Learned About Our Favorite Emmy Nominees

Matt Bomer reveals that he and Mark Ruffalo turned their shared fear into a bond:

We found comfort in each other and we both knew we had done a lot of work and we just trusted that. Immediately after that first day, after we expressed that fear, I just started to feel more and more comfortable, and by the end of that first take we thought this could really be a profound experience

Alfred Molina is betting on his co-stars:

My money’s not on me—my money’s on Matt or Joe. I was talking about this with my daughter; She asked me, ‘Are you excited?’ I’m absolutely thrilled, but I don’t think for a minute I’m going to win. It’s just nice to have that recognition. People say, ‘I’m just glad to be nominated,’ and it always sounds like bullshit—excuse my French—but I get it now. I’m thrilled and delighted, but I’m no fool.

Joe Mantello would like you to reconsider his role in The Normal Heart:

This is so strange because I’m not really an actor!

Source: Out.com

The Normal Heart - Emmy Awards 2014

The Television Academy has released the order of presentations for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards to be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 8 PM ET, 5 PM PT at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.

1. Comedy Supporting Actor
2. Comedy Directing or Writing
3. Comedy Supporting Actress
4. Comedy Directing or Writing
5. Comedy Actor
6. Comedy Actress
7. Reality Competition Program
8. Movie Directing or Writing
9. Movie Supporting Actress
10. Movie Supporting Actor
11. Movie Directing or Writing
12. Movie Actor
13. Movie Actress
14. Movie or Miniseries
15. Movie or Miniseries
16. Variety Special Writing
17. Variety Special Directing
18. Variety Series
19. Drama Supporting Actor or Actress
20. Drama Directing or Writing
21. Drama Supporting Actor or Actress
22. Drama Directing or Writing
23. Drama Actress
24. Drama Actor
25. Comedy Series
26. Drama Series

via http://thebazingacast.co

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie


The cast of The Normal Heart [X]

The cast of The Normal Heart [X]

Gold Derby TV Awards

The Normal Heart" picked up two acting wins: Movie/Mini Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for Matt Bomer.

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTOR
Paul Adelstein, “Return to Zero”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
X — Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (Winner)
David Tennant, “Broadchurch”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

BEST MOVIE/MINI SUPPORTING ACTOR
X — Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (Winner)
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Bob Odenkirk, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”

GoldDerby.com

Emmys: Who Should Win in the Miniseries and Movie Races?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart

There’s a reason The Normal Heart has four contenders in the men’s supporting race alone: It’s an actor’s showcase. But one transformation was truly remarkable: Director Ryan Murphy shut down production so Matt Bomer could drop 40 pounds to play Felix, a closeted New York Times journalist who falls in love with activist Ned Weeks and later becomes infected with AIDS. Even without the scary weight loss, Bomer rips your heart out amid an all-star cast as a living window into Ned’s private world, portraying someone who finds happiness, bravery, and love in the face of the worst possible circumstances.

Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Hell, give the Emmy to any of them and we’d probably be pretty happy: Sherlock’s stand-off with Magnussen, Lester and Lorne’s blood-soaked game of cat and mouse, Luther’s lonely, coatless crusade — all incredible performances in iconic roles. But then there’s Mark Ruffalo as pissed-off, ferocious gay activist Ned Weeks, rattling us to our core and making sure we never forget a national act of neglect. Easy call.

Outstanding Television Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: “His Last Vow”
The Trip to Bountiful

The Normal Heart is a very worthy contender, and certainly its prestige and message make it a likely winner. But Sherlock has never won an Emmy, and that’s starting to feel a little ridiculous. (Even if it should probably be in the miniseries category.)

Source: Vulture.com