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  • - LET'S TALK ABOUT "THE NORMAL HEART."

  • I LOVE THIS FILM SO MUCH.

  • IT'S--YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO EVERYONE IF THEY DON'T KNOW,

  • IF THEY HAVEN'T SEEN IT, WHAT IT IS.

  • - IT'S ABOUT AN INCREDIBLY BRAVE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN

  • WHO WERE THE FIRST TO ACT UP AND RAISE AWARENESS

  • ABOUT THE DISEASE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME KNOWN AS AIDS.

  • BUT IT'S REALLY ABOUT LOVE.

  • IT'S ABOUT A COMMUNITY THAT DECIDED TO SAVE ITSELF

  • BECAUSE SOCIETY WAS PRETTY MUCH UNIVERSALLY SHUNNING THEM

  • AND IGNORING THEM.

  • AND THEY SAVED EACH OTHER THROUGH LOVE.

  • AS HARD AS THAT WAS,

  • GIVEN THE MANY DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW

  • IN THE GAY COMMUNITY AT THE TIME,

  • THEY BANDED TOGETHER AND ULTIMATELY GAVE US

  • A LOT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS THAT WE HAVE TODAY.

  • - AND YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS STORY, I UNDERSTAND,

  • WHEN YOU WERE 14 YEARS OLD.

  • - YEAH, I READ-- WE HAD A GREAT DRAMA TEACHER

  • WHO WOULD ORDER THE PLAYS

  • THAT WERE GOING ON ON AND OFF-BROADWAY,

  • AND I FOUND THIS PLAY WHEN I WAS 14,

  • AND I THOUGHT, "WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?"

  • AND I READ IT, AND MY WORLD CHANGED.

  • YOU KNOW, IT CHANGED MY ENTIRE WORLDVIEW

  • AND EDUCATED ME.

  • AND I'M SURE, ON SOME LEVEL, SAVED MY LIFE,

  • NOT JUST IN THE FACT THAT IT

  • ENCOURAGED ME TO BE-- PRACTICE SAFE SEX,

  • BUT ALSO IN THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW,

  • I KNEW THAT SOMEWHERE OUT THERE,

  • THERE WAS SOMEBODY WHO UNDERSTOOD ME

  • AND WOULD STAND BY ME AND STAND UP FOR ME.

  • AND LARRY KRAMER REPRESENTED THAT FOR ME.

  • - AND THE FACT THAT YOU WOULD READ THAT AT 14

  • AND END UP IN THE MOVIE IS--

  • - IT'S CRAZY.

  • - WE SEE YOUR CHARACTER,

  • WHICH WE JUST SHOWED AT YOUR HEALTHIEST.

  • AND THEN YOU ENDED UP LOSING-- DID I READ 35 POUNDS?

  • - I STOPPED WEIGHING MYSELF AT 35.

  • WE STILL HAD A WAYS TO GO IN PRODUCTION.

  • I WAS ON THE DIET.

  • SO I'M SURE IT WAS MORE THAN THAT.

  • BUT EVEN THOUGH MY ENERGY WAS REALLY LOW

  • AND SOMETIMES JUST STANDING UP

  • AND WALKING ACROSS THE ROOM WAS A CHALLENGING TASK,

  • I REALLY HAD SUCH AN APPRECIATION FOR LIFE.

  • AND THAT'S WHAT I TRIED TO BRING TO THE CHARACTER,

  • NOT A SENSE OF "OH, THIS IS TERRIBLE

  • TO HAVE THIS LITTLE ENERGY,"

  • BUT JUST TO TRY TO GET--

  • SQUEEZE ALL THE JUICE OUT OF LIFE THAT I COULD.

  • - WELL, ACTUALLY, THAT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE.

  • SO RYAN MURPHY CRIED WHEN HE SAW YOU,

  • I UNDERSTAND, WHICH I DON'T BLAME HIM.

  • I MEAN, REALLY, IT'S A VERY BEAUTIFUL MOVIE,

  • AND IT IS ABOUT LOVE,

  • BUT IT'S HEARTBREAKING AND HARD TO WATCH SOMETIMES.

  • BUT I UNDERSTAND DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

  • WAS OVERTURNED WHEN YOU WERE FILMING.

  • THAT MUST HAVE BEEN AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT.

  • - IT WAS AMAZING TO BE THERE ON THAT DAY.

  • AND IT WAS ONE OF THE CELEBRATORY SCENES

  • WE GOT TO SHOOT IN THE FILM,

  • WHICH--THANK GOD, 'CAUSE I WAS DOING

  • THAT, LIKE, KEVIN BACON,

  • LIKE, ELBOW TO KNEE DANCE THAT DAY,

  • AND I WAS DOING IT A LITTLE EXTRA HARD

  • 'CAUSE I WAS SO EXCITED.

  • BUT LARRY WAS THERE, AND HE TOOK THE MICROPHONE--

  • LARRY KRAMER, WHO WROTE THE PIECE.

  • AND HE SAID, "WE DID IT."

  • IN SO MANY WAYS, HE WAS PARTLY RESPONSIBLE

  • FOR THAT DAY HAPPENING,

  • SO IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS

  • WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE

  • IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

  • - YEAH, I BET.

  • NOW, WERE YOU THAT THIN WHEN YOU CELEBRATED

  • OR WERE YOU HEALTHIER?

  • - NO, I WAS IN HEALTHY MODE. - OH, GOOD.

  • BECAUSE YOU PROBABLY COULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT

  • WHEN YOU WERE THAT THIN.

  • - I COULDN'T HAVE DONE THE JERK.

  • - ALL RIGHT, I'M GONNA HELP YOU OUT.

  • I UNDERSTAND YOU-- YOU'VE BEEN KIND OF RELUCTANT

  • TO START YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT.

  • - YES. LET'S DO IT.

  • - WE NEED TO START YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT.

  • - AND SO WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IS, YOU'RE GONNA HOLD THIS.

  • WE'RE GONNA TAKE A PICTURE.

  • - OH, THIS IS GREAT.

  • - ALL RIGHT. - AWESOME.

  • - SO WE'LL START YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT.

  • - OH, MY GOD.

  • - EVERYBODY FOLLOW MATT.

  • [cheers and applause]

- LET'S TALK ABOUT "THE NORMAL HEART."

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    iris posted on 2015/07/03
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