HBO’s Adaptation of ‘The Normal Heart’ Filming in Little Italy Today
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For the second consecutive day, HBO film crews will be shooting scenes in Little Italy for the film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s classic, The Normal Heart. We spotted the token “no parking” signs all over Elizabeth Street south of Houston.
Larry Kramer is a writer, playwright, and HIV/AIDS activist who co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1980. It has since become the largest private organization assisting AIDS patients in the world. His experiences with the epidemic became the basis of The Normal Heart, a play which premiered at the Public Theater in 1985.
The autobiographical story is set sometime between 1981 and 1984, and focuses on a writer (Ned Weeks) whose lover is dying of an as-yet-unnamed disease. Kramer penned the screenplay, and Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) is behind the camera as director.
An impressive cast was tapped for the effort – Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, et al.