Ryan Murphy: Matt Bomer & Mark Ruffalo 'Terrified' By 'Normal Heart' Sex Scenes
Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of The Normal Heart is set to debut Sunday, May 25 on HBO and the powerful drama is certain to have us reaching for our tissues!
One of the key relationships in the film is between Ned and Felix, portrayed by Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer, respectively, and it appears both actors fully committed to their roles. Murphy opened up to Michelangelo Signorile about the making of the film--and how "terrified" both actors were to film their "intense" sex scenes.
Indeed, the love affair between Ned and Felix is gut-wrenching, and is one of the relationships that drives the film, and that required Ruffalo and Bomer to perform some intense sex scenes, both in a bathhouse and in bed. Murphy brought in a “sex choreographer” to work with the actors.
“So we hired a guy who specializes in -- who’s a former choreographer on Broadway -- who now specialized in sex choreography,” he explained. “So he would come and he would work with the actors and it was like, ‘Okay, then you move your leg here, and your asshole goes up here, and then your neck goes over here.’ So we worked on it, so the actors felt like, ‘Okay, I’m in “A Chorus Line.” I can do it.’”
Even still, Ruffalo and Bomer, were “terrified,” Murphy said. But he had them plunge right in.
“Mark, I believe, had never kissed a guy, ever, on camera,” he said. “And he had certainly never had that level of sexuality. And I don’t think Matt had either. So I had a gay actor [Bomer] and a straight actor. And they were both terrified. But I just threw them into it. And the first day of shooting was the scene in the movie where Mark has to walk out of a sauna where two guys are going at it and walk by Matt, and sort of ignore him, and Matt looks on lasciviously. We shot that almost as an homage to the bathhouse ads they used to run in New York in the early '80s on ‘The Robin Byrd Show.’ Remember those? Those were the days. So we just got into it, man. We just got into it. And they were nervous but they were game. They knew it was an important part of the story. They went for it.”
Something to look forward to amidst our tears on May 25??