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Taylor Kitsch Knew Nothing About “The Whole AIDS Epidemic” Until He Began Filming “The Normal Heart”

Taylor Kitsch 15I mean, look: I was born in ’81. I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic. I’m straight, and playing a gay guy who’s leading a double life, who’s still in the closet, who’s losing his lovers, who has AIDS but won’t admit it to himself, who ends up dying … I mean, where do you want to start? Fuck me, dude. It’s insane. The body type, the fact that he works at Citibank, very high up on Wall Street, so learning that part of it and reading an insane amount of books about guys who were leading those kinds of lives, learning about AZT and where it started … I knew probably the surface stuff, but what I learned for this, the education I got, that was another great tool.”

 

Taylor Kitsch explaining to The Vulture how his role in the upcoming film version of The Normal Heart will stretch him as an actor and person following a string of disappointing action films last year