Ryan Murphy Q&A: ‘The Normal Heart’ & ‘AHS: Coven’
The easiest Emmy prediction is picking what will win Best TV Movie. "The Normal Heart" has that in the bag, of course (1-to-10 odds at Gold Derby's Prediction Center) and that's especially good news for producer Ryan Murphy because the project meant so much to him.
"I can honestly say that it's the thing I have done in my life that changed me more than anything," he tells Gold Derby in our webcam chat.
"I felt when I was directing it that it was a very cathartic experience for me. I was unexpectedly moved so much. I spent a lot of time crying during that movie and it wasn't until it was over that I realized that I had pent up so much fear and anxiety from my youth. I got to experience and re-experience some things in my life that really haunted me.
"I have an amazing life now. I'm married. I have a kid. I don't think I'd have the civil rights I have today without the people who fought that battle, particularly the AIDS crisis and particularly Larry Kramer."
Curiously, as scriptwriter of "American Horror Story: Coven," Murphy is nominated against Kramer in the race for Best Writing of a Movie/Mini, but he says that he graciously concedes that win to Kramer. The point reminds us that Murphy is such a virtuoso of the horror genre – "Coven" is nominated for Best Miniseries. It's a point – and he tells us a remarkable thing about how he directed "Normal Heart.
"One of the things I wanted to do when I directed it was to treat it like a horror movie. (During the peak of the AIDS crisis) I was there in New York, in D.C. and L.A. and it felt like you were in the midst of some horrible killer. It was like someone was hiding in the shadows who could get you at any time."