Check out the exclusive pictures from Mondays shoot in Fire Island Pines for HBO Productions film, “The Normal Heart,” based on the acclaimed play by Larry Kramer.
Director Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) was joined onset for the day by his husband, photographer David Miller, and their 6 month old baby boy, Logan. Logan was brought out by a nanny mid-day for a visit with his Dads – David was snapping pics of him, and Ryan would come over and scoop him up for a snuggle every time there was a momentary break in the shooting. Logan watched as the colorful scene was shot, in which Mark Ruffalo – playing AIDS activist, Ned Weeks (based on Kramer) – got off the ferry surrounded by dozens of drag queens and tanned, buff boys wardrobed in 80s garb.
Julia Roberts – who plays early-AIDS crusader, Dr. Emma Brookner (based on real-life person, Dr. Linda Laubenstein) – wasn’t in the Fire Island Pines scenes, but traveled to the Pines to spend the week onset with husband, Danny Moder, who is the director of photography for the film. She was overheard talking about how beautiful the Pines was, and how much she was enjoying having her kids out here. She and Hazel, Henry, and Phinneas enjoyed walking on the beach at 6:30 am, which she deemed “magical.”
Julia Roberts was incredibly sweet and kind to EVERYONE. She was seen walking around the boardwalks by the commercial district with the kids in the morning, and told the realtor who rented her the home “don’t worry about housekeeping… the kids are just going to track in more sand!”
Extras were overheard saying, “at least there’s totally gonna be no wait for the ladies room!”
Mark Ruffalo was overheard saying that Larry Kramer himself will be out tomorrow, and that he is “so amazing.” Also that the big drag queen with parasol is Larry’s personal friend.
Towards the end of the day, the cast of GLEE showed up to enjoy the Pines and support Ryan. – Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Jonathon Groff.
- Jonathan was wearing 80s garb, as he has a role in the film.
- Lea ordered a turkey burger and a Heineken, and was singing along with the music playing in the Canteen while she waited for her order. Our cashier asked her for ID, jokingly, and she chuckled.
- Cory ordered a cheeseburger and Jonathan said he wasn’t eating till Thursday.