Blog: News & Views

Ryan Murphy: Why I burned to do 'The Normal Heart'

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
May 16 2014 16:21 pm

the normal heart hbo ryan murphy matt bomer julia roberts emmys

"It was a more personal project for me," says Ryan Murphy of directing HBO's "The Normal Heart," based on the play by Larry Kramer. "I was 15 in 1981 [when the AIDS outbreak began]; I grew up always linking intimacy and death … and I don't think I would have the civil rights I have today without Larry Kramer – I'm married and I have a kid – so I feel very impassioned about that."

Follow Gold Derby on FacebookTwitterInstagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube

"The Normal Heart" chronicles the early years of the AIDS crisis, when gay New Yorkers fought against indifferent policy-makers for much-needed medical and political intervention. The stage version was revived on Broadway in 2011, winning Best Play Revival, and Murphy worked with Kramer on the screen adaptation for three years. "I learned a lot about everything from Larry: when to fight, when not to fight," said Murphy about the 78-year-old playwright. "He's very fearless, and more than that, his work ethic is amazing."

"The Normal Heart" leads our Emmy predictions for Best TV Movie, getting 8/5 odds. It premieres Sunday, May 25, on HBO.

Will 'Normal Heart' sweep Emmys? Click here to discuss in our forums

Below, watch our chat with Murphy, who is also an avowed fan of Gold Derby, then watch the film's stars Jonathan Groff and Matt Bomer discuss their roles, and make your Emmy predictions:

Get Gold Derby's free news alerts and predictions


Related News
Follow Gold Derby
Click Here


Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Hot Links from the Web
Inside Track: Emmy Voting

EXCLUSIVE: See the episodes
submitted to Emmy judges
by actors and TV series

Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES

We analyze the pros and cons
of episodes submitted by actors
to Emmy judges

Who submitted well? Click links below to read our in-depth analysis of each actor's episode entry. 

Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife")
Beau Bridges ("Masters of Sex")
Reg E. Cathey ("House of Cards")
Paul Giamatti ("Downton Abbey") 
obert Morse ("Mad Men")
Joe Morton ("Scandal")

Kate Burton ("Scandal")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")

Steve Buscemi ("Portlandia")
Louis C.K. ("SNL")
Gary Cole ("Veep")
Jimmy Fallon ("SNL")
Nathan Lane ("Modern Family")
Bob Newhart ("The Big Bang Theory")

Uzo Aduba ("OITNB")
Laverne Cox ("OITNB")
Joan Cusack ("Shameless")
Tina Fey ("SNL")
Melissa McCarthy ("SNL")
Natasha Lyonne ("OITNB")


Photo Galleries: Oscars, Emmys, ...
Emmy Nominees: Video Interviews
Subscribe to our free news service