The Normal Heart: Watch the First Teaser for HBO's Ryan Murphy-Directed AIDS Drama

HBO has finally debuted the first official footage from its highly anticipated film The Normal Heart.

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Based on Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play, Heart features the all-star cast of Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Julia Roberts (August: Osage County).

Directed by Ryan Murphy, the film focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDs epidemic in the 1980s from the perspective of activist Ned Weeks (Ruffalo).

The Normal Heart premieres May 25 at 9/8c on HBO.

Watch the first Normal Heart teaser below, then drop a comment with your early thoughts.


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59 Comments
  1. Kaycee says:

    Julia Roberts is fantastic. Really good cast! Ryan Murphy is hit and miss, but either way this looks good.

  2. Lincoln says:

    AIDS drama? Sheesh.

  3. kd83954 says:

    The Normal Heart is an AMAZING play; I’m surprised this hasn’t been brought to screen before! The cast looks phenomenal, I’m very much looking forward to this movie –as heartbreaking and powerful as it is.

  4. Eddie says:

    This looks beyond awful. So terribly terrible it is hard to express how awful this is going to be. The cast is laughably terrible (Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and especially the terrible Jim Parsons) the production/setting looks cheap and finally Ryan Murphy is one of the worst EP’s on TV.

  5. Eddie says:

    Here is a solution: don’t use internet explorer when you do not have to as it is awful

  6. um WE KNOW who Julia Roberts is, you don’;t need to list her last movie behind her name! LOL

  7. alistaircrane says:

    Is anyone really going to watch a movie about AIDS? Not only is it depressing, but it’s irrelevant. The AIDS crisis has long passed.

    • murley says:

      People watch movies about the holocaust and about the civil war and slavery. Academy award winning movies. This is a part of our history and a part of people’s lives. This strikes me as a strange comment.

      • alistaircrane says:

        I certainly don’t watch those movies. I have no interest in seeing movies like 12 Years A Slave. We haven’t had slavery in 150 years! Who cares?! Same with Dallas Buyers Club.

        • b says:

          um, there is still no cure for AIDS. it’s currently relevant.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Most HIV+ meds make the viral load barely detectable, and HIV+ patients live much longer than they used to. It’s as good as gone.

          • Temperance says:

            alaistair is gibbering crazy on this subject. It’s a very serious viral infection that will produce early death, and requires a lifetime of toxic, incredibly expensive medications that will eventually become useless. It’s *incredibly* relevant and a massive healthcare issue across the world.

        • Nicole says:

          While I’m 99% sure that you are trolling, I’m just going to leave this here for you anyway:

          ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’. – George Santayana

          • alistaircrane says:

            Bull$#!t cliche. Name ten instances of the past being repeated by those who didn’t “remember” it.

          • Temperance says:

            All of history, allastair. All of history. You are in desperate need of a basic education.

          • alistaircrane says:

            “All of history”? Mmm no. That’s hyperbole. I love how you don’t actually take up my challenge. Fact is, you can’t, and you know it.

          • Temperance says:

            And the fact that you ask the question show that you’re off your rocker. And again, history book – ten pages. Rinse, wash, repeat.

          • alistaircrane says:

            You can’t answer the question because you know I’m right; otherwise, you’d point to concrete examples.

          • Temperance says:

            Nah, I’m just not into doing the homework of third graders. You simply can’t be serious about anything you’ve said in this tread and claim sanity.

        • STP says:

          America may have abolished slavery, but there are millions of people enslaved all over the world. And the point of movies about these topics is to shine a light on dark periods of history so that hopefully, people will learn from them and not be doomed to repeat them.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Again with the cliches. I challenge you to name ten instances of the past being repeated by those who didn’t “remember” it.

          • Temperance says:

            Take a history book. Pick ten random pages. QED.

    • Magali says:

      One of the most stupid and ignorant comment I have read in a long time.

      • alistaircrane says:

        I disagree.

        • Temperance says:

          And you’re totally nuts. So says a person that deals with HIV patients and would be considered an expert.

          • alistaircrane says:

            The arrogance! An “expert”? Get real. Talk about full of yourself! It’s kind of pathetic that you can’t respond to my posts without resorting to personal insults. Are you a child?

          • Temperance says:

            Yup, expert. And refer to cdc-dot-com or the WHO website for some actual sanity.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Temperance, hun, you have a god complex. I’ve LOVE to meet up in person and cut you down to size. You need a lesson in humility.

          • Temperance says:

            And you need Haldol… and an education.

      • Bitsy says:

        Clearly you have no seen the incessant posting by this person on The Walking Dead articles about Carol and Daryl and how they are the only couple on the show and alienating a fan base and blah, blah, blah, blah.

        They just like to post and then post more when people react to them. Bananas.

    • Nikki says:

      It’s “irrelevant”? People die from AIDS and HIV every single day. While medicines have been created to expand a lifespan, there is no cure. Is cancer irrelevant? War? Poverty? Just because something can be “managed”, does not mean a crisis is over. The crisis of AIDS/HIV won’t pass until there is a cure and people no longer die from this terrible disease.

      Also, films such as this may be “depressing”, but they are educational. They can show someone, as uneducated as yourself, that while a subject is not pretty- it is real. It can happen to anyone, of any gender, any sexuality, any color, but films like this can help be a reminder of the things you can do to protect yourself and combat this disease.

      • alistaircrane says:

        Films are not meant to be educational. They are, first and foremost, meant to be entertaining.

        • Temperance says:

          You mean aside from the massive number of films that are indeed meant to be educational. You’re clearly having mental issues.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Sad that you can’t respond without resorting to personal insults. Well, I guess you are fair game now!

          • Temperance says:

            It’s sad that you post dangerous and totally nuts gibberish to respond to.

    • Sara says:

      AIDS is irrelevant? Over 40 million people have died of this epidemic. Thousands of people are diagnosed each day with HIV/AIDS. That has to be one of the most ignorant things I have seen online in a while.

    • Temperance says:

      Um, yes, they will. In droves. And it will be heavily awarded. And no, the ‘AIDS crisis’ – or more properly the HIV epidemic – is still in full swing, all over the world, and mostly in heterosexuals. We explain this every semester to pretty much every healthcare professional in training… because it’s true. Der.

  8. JWB says:

    Why bother watching this when Dallas Buyers Club did a great job handling the same subject matter?

    • alistaircrane says:

      For starters, The Normal Heart is about the people most affected by HIV/AIDS: gay men. DBC was about a straight dude and a trans woman.

      • Temperance says:

        Correction: HIV affects primarily heterosexual people across the world. Refer to the CDC for the actual data. Multiply posting easily identified lies gets you nowhere.

        • alistaircrane says:

          Not in the 80s, you homophobic scumbag.

          • Temperance says:

            Ooohh, a whole new level to your silliness. And yes, there was plenty of HIV in heterosexuals around the world in the 1980′s, with molecular proof of people dying of HIV as early as the 1920′s. Are you so badly educated that you don’t know this? Yup.

          • alistaircrane says:

            Sad and pathetic that you’re discounting all the gay men who died of AIDS, Temperance. The homophobia is dripping off of you.

          • Temperance says:

            Um, no…. it’s curious that in a forum with a literally visable written thread, you chose to lie about content.

          • alistaircrane says:

            You’re not denying that you’re a homophobe, Temperance. Despicable!

  9. Bitsy says:

    If this is anything like the Angels in America mini-series HBO did a decade ago, count me in.

  10. haha says:

    Look up the story of Kimberly Bergalis. This would make an interesting story.

  11. Daniel says:

    Can’t wait to see the movie.

  12. Sara says:

    I, for one, and extremely excited to see this movie. The play is beautiful and they have gotten some amazing actors for this film.

  13. jj says:

    Great cast. Looking forward to it.

  14. Natalie says:

    Saw the play in NY it was amazing. Just because there was a movie about AIDS doesn’t mean we’re “good” for a while. Besides this is about the “start” of the crisis in NYC. Given that I grew up in the SF area it was weird to see the contrast in how it was handled. Can’t wait to see it, and I’m a straight female w/no immediate tie to HIV/aids. This is a global crisis that affects us all, it’s not going away. Get used to it.

  15. Suzanne Benson says:

    I saw it twice, Sunday and Monday. Sad, heartbreaking, sensational film, yet informative also. Every actor (big or small) did a sensational job. It’s a winner!!!!

  16. JoJo says:

    Interesting movie, I find it tragic how nobody cared when it was suppossedly just affecting the gay community. Didnt’ much buy Mark Ruffalo as a gay charater but loved Julia Roberts & most of the cast, overall great movie that brings new insight to the younger generations who think Aids is a thing of the past, it isn’t, take head! 4 stars from me :)