Anna Lisa Raya is Editor of AwardsLine.
Matt Bomer managed to not only hold his own opposite a stellar cast in The Normal Heart, he was a revelation in a performance that stood out from his previous work on such shows as White Collar and Chuck. Much has been written about the dramatic weight loss Bomer endured to portray Felix Turner, a New York Times reporter dying of AIDS in 1980s New York. What often is lost in the hubbub surrounding HBO’s widely acclaimed movie is any mention of what those who worked on the project felt was its heart: the memories of the men and women who fought against and ultimately fell to the disease. The relationship between Felix and activist Ned Weeks, portrayed by Mark Ruffalo—at turns raw and fragile—gives The Normal Heart its emotional weight, no small order in this movie version of Larry Kramer’s biting play that gave a voice to a dark moment in our country’s history.
AwardsLine: You’ve previously talked about filming your last scene with Mark Ruffalo, when your characters get married in the hospital room shortly before your character dies. Could you take us back to before you filmed that scene and what your expectations were going into it?
Matt Bomer: Well, at that point, we were nearing the end of filming, so Mark and I had been on quite a journey together in terms of Ned and Felix’s relationship. And I came to set, and it was one of those times where I got in the hospital bed and, you just trust that the physical and emotional preparation that you put into the material will be there. And you try to really get out of your own way and let this beautiful scene that Larry Kramer had written take over. I think I’d worked with all of the actors in the room already, and so we had a great deal of trust for each other, and we started on my close up, I believe. (more…)