TCA 2014: “When Ryan asked me to play this character and I said no, I don’t think he heard me”
Julia Roberts said she twice turned down her role on the upcoming HBO film “The Normal Heart,” but that Ryan Murphy refused to listen.
Murphy joked at a Television Critics Association panel Thursday that he took out a second mortgage to buy the rights to Larry Kramer’s autobiographical play about the earliest victims of AIDS. Roberts wasn’t clear exactly when she was offered the role of Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats them. But at least one of the invitations came from Murphy, who directed her in “Eat, Pray, Love.”
The film, airing in May, is star-studded even by HBO standards. Roberts and Murphy were joined at the TCA winter press your Thursday by the film’s other stars, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Taylor Kitsch.