Mark Ruffalo is set to star in Larry Kramer‘s adaptation of his semi-autobiographical play The Normal Heart.
And, straight from The Kids Are All Right star comes an information that this upcoming project has some interesting names involved, like Glee creator Ryan Murphy (although we still don’t have any idea whether he’s involved as producer or director), while Kramer is scripting the adaptation.
So, this quite interesting project is set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and “is the impassioned story of Ned Weeks. The play is a moving denunciation of the ignorance and fear that lead to the worldwide plague that now exists.
Its companion play, The Destiny of Me, continues the story of Weeks, now in a hospital undergoing treatment, as he finds himself confronting his life and fighting to get a little more time among the living.”
Ruffalo looks very excited about this project, and here’s what he had to say about it:
“It’s basically a story of when the AIDS outbreak happened in New York. It wasn’t really taken seriously, I think specifically because it was ‘the gay cancer,’ they called it.
I think it’s a really interesting time in America. I think to see someone who really does change the world by his commitment and he’s even totally by himself at times, there’s still a real power in that. I love that it’s a people-powered movement that actually changed the way our government looked at this epidemic.
I think there’s a real powerful message to that and something that we forget. We can get really cynical about what we can do, it gets stacked against us and they’re all corrupt – and at the end of the day, everything starts with people. The reason they’re there is because of us…It’s a juicy part. It’s just a great role, man. He’s a fighter, you know?”
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