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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.

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New interview with Jim Parsons

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The two-time Emmy-winning star of The Big Bang Theory talks about pilot season, Spalding Gray, and solar brain power.

My first time in L.A. was in 1987, when I was 14 and my parents took me and my younger sister to Disneyland. I’m from Houston, and the only thing I remember is that the phrase “horrible traffic” was already in my head. Unluckily enough, coming back from Disneyland we indeed sat bumper to bumper, not moving for hours. I will never forget the feeling ofliving in that traffic. When I came back home, I don’t think I even talked about Disneyland, but I remember talking about the horrible traffic.

In 2001, I moved to New York after graduating from a theater master’s program at the University of San Diego. I was new to the concept of pilot season. I would trek from one casting office in New York to another, where they would put my auditions on tape and send them out to casting agents in L.A. You tape about 15 or 30 or 50 of these things without hearing back before you begin to wonder if anyone in California is actually watching any of them.  I remember thinking, If they had two people they equally liked, one in New York and one nearby, why would they spend all that money to fly me out and put me up? Looking back, I do think that’s what kept me from getting too many pie-in-the-sky dreams. There’s just no telling when or if your number will be called. So when I was flown out to L.A. to audition for several pilots, I was shocked and I was frightened, but most important, I was dirt-poor.

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Ultimately, moving to West Hollywood and being cast on The Big Bang Theory changed my life. I’ve spent little time here without a purpose. L.A. is relaxing if you’re on vacation, but it’s very difficult if you’re not working. The sense of expansion, the seductive weather—you could live here forever and get nothing done. It’s like what Spalding Gray said about L.A. in his Monster in a Box monologue, which is something like, You start the day with some coffee, sit down to write, then the sun starts coming through the window, and sure enough, your day is over. It’s a city that feels like it has no boundaries, and sometimes you really need to have some goddamn boundaries, even if that means just sitting next to someone on the subway.

Which isn’t to say I don’t like riding around in my car—I love it. When I first moved here in 2004, I bought a used Jetta because I figured if The Big Bang Theory didn’t get picked up, I could still afford to pay it off. Eventually I started leasing a BMW, and it was probably the first time I enjoyed driving, so now I have a fancy car. Nothing can duplicate being in your own metal bubble with your own music. 

I don’t understand the perception that people in L.A. are dumb. There’s zero truth to that. Some of the smartest people I’ve ever met live here. If you want to find vapid, you can find it anywhere. I remember I had a good friend while I was in school in San Diego who theorized that Southern Californians are “weak” because there’s no bad weather—no snow, no hurricanes—except for earthquakes, but not as regularly. Somehow the lack of suffering makes Angelenos seem goofy or dim-witted. But I have to say you make a big mistake by underestimating the tanned brain in L.A.  

Taken from http://www.lamag.com

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.