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President Obama calls Ryan Murphy to congratulate him on The Normal Heart

President Obama calls Ryan Murphy to congratulate him on The Normal Heart

President Barack Obama this week called The Normal Heart’s director Ryan Murphy to let him know he had seen the AIDS drama.

He loved it and found it moving, according to Deadline Hollywood.

There is irony in the call since in the film, activist Ned Weeks (played by Mark Ruffalo) rages against the state and federal government officials over their indifference to the AIDS epidemic that was killing so many men in the 1980s.

Weeks is based on playwright Larry Kramer.

‘The whole movie is about Larry trying to get the attention of Washington and 30 years later, to get a call from the President is a full-circle moment,’ Murphy told Deadline.

In contrast to Obama, President Ronald Reagan was silent during much of the 1980s as the AIDS crisis grew into an epidemic. It’s well-known the US President from 1981-89 did not publicly utter the word ‘AIDS’ until he was well into his second term.

The Normal Heart began as a play in 1985 and took nearly three decades to bring to the screen. The movie stars Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons, among others.

Below is the trailer: