Matt Bomer is certainly making the leap to the big screen in a big way: After playing a stripper in Stephen Soderberg’s Magic Mike, he’s signed to play the gay love interest in Ryan Murphy’s film version of The Normal Heart, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Bomer will portray New York Times fashion writer Felix Turner, who falls for activist/agitator Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo)—their unlikely love story is at the core of Larry Kramer’s intensely personal take on the early days of the AIDS crisis.
Also locked in to co-star in Heart is Alec Baldwin as Weeks’ conservative lawyer brother; Julia Roberts as Emma Brookner, the wheelchair-bound doctor fighting both the epidemic and indifference; and Big Bang Theory Emmy winner Jim Parsons as a sweet Southern boy who helps Weeks found what eventually became GMHC.
Both Parsons and Bomer have had their sexuality widely reported, but neither has publicly come out. Is it hypocritical of them to star in a such a gay project—and a political one at that—or are actors entitled to keep their private lives private no matter what roles they take?
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