Normal Heart’s Jim Parsons on Coming Out and Why Larry Kramer Scared the Hell Out of Him

by Rachel Baker on May 25, 2014

Here is a wonderful article between Playbill and Jim Parsons about his original role in the Broadway Show “Normal Heart” and then his return to the same role in the movie.

Best known for portraying Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” Golden Globe Award winner Jim Parsons opens up about the impact The Normal Heart had on his personal life, his professional career and what it has to say to young LGBT people.

Nearly 30 years since it premiered Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in the midst of the AIDS crisis, Larry Kramer’s impactful docu-drama The Normal Heart makes its long-awaited screen debut May 25 on HBO.

Parsons, who portrayed AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright in the Tony Award-winning 2011 Broadway premiere of The Normal Heart, returns to the role for Ryan Murphy’s vivid screen incarnation, which Kramer himself adapted.

Playbill.com spoke with Parsons about his connection to Kramer, the character of Boatwright and straddling the worlds of The Normal Heart on stage and screen.

Here’s the article:

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