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Jim on the set of “The Normal Heart”

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The much anticipated film adaption of Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, has assembled a star studded cast to retell the story of a New York gay activist who attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s. Director Ryan Murphy has begun filming in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Fire Island.

Jim Parsons reprises his role of gay activist Tommy Boatwright from the 2011 Broadway revival.

Jim Parsons at Broadway

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Jim visits the SiriusXM Studios

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Jim Parsons visits the SiriusXM Studios on April 24, 2013 in New York City.

Jim was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory” and his role in the upcoming HBO version of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” , and he discussed his theater work and that New York Times article…

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?

Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook.”  He was soeffective – I specifically adored him in the dance competition scene.

What are you listening to right now?

“The Bridge” on Sirius XM – I love that CSNY, Carly Simon music…

What’s the last great book you read?

I have only been reading murder mysteries lately, and while I think they’re so good, I can’t call any of them “great.”

What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?

Fantasy Football.  I’m considering getting into Fantasy Baseball, but I think it may be too time consuming.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Chicken fried steak w/ cream gravy and mashed potatoes.

News about ‘The Normal Heart’

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EXCLUSIVE: The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and Friday Night Lightsalum Taylor Kitsch will co-star opposite Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer
in The Normal Heart, HBO‘s original movie adaptation of the Tony-winning Larry Kramer play, which is being written by Kramer and directed by Ryan Murphy. The project tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980′s. Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. He was previously attached to Murphy’s adaptation when it was eyed as a theatrical feature. Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS. Ruffalo plays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand the mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Murphy executive produces with Jason Blum, Dede Gardner and Dante Di Loreto. Production is slated to begin later this year in New York for a 2014 debut.

 

Taken from http://www.deadline.com.

Jim at play in New York City

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Jim Parsons with his TV mom, actress Laurie Metcalf ( plays Sheldon Cooper’s mother) and colleagues from play “The Normal Hart” backstage at the play ‘The Other Place’ on Broadway at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 18, 2012 in New York City.

Jim on “The Dan Patrick Show”-video

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Jim Parsons Interview

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As an actor, it seems that Jim Parsons can do no wrong. Not only has he won two Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Emmys – he’s also was nominated once before winning and is currently nominated yet again – and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of THE BIG BANG THEORY’s fussy geek genius Sheldon Cooper but he won a Drama Desk Award and a Theatre World Award for his performance as Tommy Boatwright in the 2011 Broadway debut of the play THE NORMAL HEART (the show originally premiered off-Broadway in 1985), about the early days of the AIDS epidemic; according to IMDB, Parsons is scheduled to reprise the role in a 2014 film adaptation. He just wrapped his second Broadway gig earlier this month, playing Elwood P. Dowd in the revival of HARVEY, about a man whose best friend is a giant rabbit that only he can see. As if this weren’t enough, Parsons also had a show-stopping duet with Jason Segel in last year’s hit film THE MUPPETS.

Parsons is, in short, a success by any measure – and yet the actor from Houston, Texas, remains as cordial and courteous in person as if he doesn’t spend a good portion of his non performing time talking to interviewers. In the past two years of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Sheldon’s character has been greatly impacted by his so-far platonic girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Mayim Bialik (also an Emmy nominee this year for her work on the series). It seemed at the outset that romance might be antithetical to the Sheldon audiences had come to know and love in the first three years of the show, but Parsons says he wasn’t worried by the prospect of love – or anything else, for that matter.

“I [thought] it would be fun,” the actors said. “I trust them implicitly, the writers, that is. I’m never frightened of where they’re going to take the character, because they always manage to keep it interesting. I’m always surprised by it, and it’s always a challenge in a good way to play what they decide upon.”

Sheldon’s early interactions with Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco, also had a big effect on the character, Parsons adds. “I feel like Sheldon being exposed to Penny has changed him in some small ways. There’s been an attempt to communicate with her, there’s been an attempt to find out.” At the time the friendship started, Parsons continues, “I think that Penny in his life [was] the biggest change he had so far from the outside world, during the show, at least.”

Sheldon Cooper is a fan of many TV shows, films and comic book characters. The actor who plays him says that he tends not to be excited about Sheldon’s favorites in the same way. “I have no overlap,” Parsons relates. “I was a huge HARRY POTTER fan – the books – and that’s apparently not in these. These guys,” that is, the BIG BANG THEORYcharacters, “don’t seem to care about HARRY POTTER at all. So the only thing that I was a geek about, they were like, ‘Nah, not so much.’”

Might this be a copyright issue? After all, HARRY POTTER is made by Warner Bros., whereasTHE BIG BANG THEORY is done by CBS and Paramount. STAR TREK, a favorite topic on BIG BANG, is owned by Paramount, butHARRY POTTER is not in-house.

Parsons thinks about the suggestion, then says, “That could be, too. Because why wouldn’t they like HARRY POTTER?”

In real life, Parsons has had a few travel experiences that Sheldon would likely enjoy. “I’ve been to the Observatory,” Parsons says, referring to the recently-refurbished installation devoted to astronomy and space exploration, sitting high atop a hill in Griffith Park in Los Angles, California. “I went and watched the presentation that they do. It was amazing. And it reminded me of the show in a way, just traveling through [space] history like that, and the discovery of this, the discovery of that and the making of the telescope. I just loved that.”

THE BIG BANG THEORY is co-created and executive-produced by Chuck Lorre, who rather famously went through some major production hiccups on another of his productions last year,TWO AND A HALF MEN. Parsons says there are no trace of those kind of problems on BIG BANG THEORY.

“We’ve been very lucky – as a cast, we’ve always gotten along so well. We have a very good energy on our set and I’m very excited to get back to work on this season.”

Parsons rejects the notion that Sheldon is a “standout” character. “I think everything seems very healthy on our show. None of the characters stand on their own very well. Aspects of each of these characters are so carefully highlighted by the way they reflect off of the others that, speaking for Sheldon, I feel like a character like Sheldon is palatable sometimes to an audience because of the way he is viewed through Leonard’s [Johnny Galecki] eyes or through Penny’s eyes. And when you view him through that way, it gives you a little bit of understanding, as opposed to maybe wanting to slap him sometimes,” Parsons laughs.

Then there is that fourth Emmy nomination. “I was surprised again,” Parsons says. “Because it’s such a crapshoot. I mean, it’s so fleeting.” When he was nominated for his first Emmy, Parsons continues, “That’s what I tried to tell myself, and I’m telling myself again this year with more ease actually about it is, ‘Enjoy this, because these moments go – they’re here and then they’re gone.’”

Taken from http://buzzymag.com

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