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Matt Bomer & Mark Ruffalo Pose in Character for Beautiful 'Normal Heart' Image

Matt Bomer & Mark Ruffalo Pose in Character for Beautiful 'Normal Heart' Image

Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo cuddle close in this new picture from W magazine’s latest issue.

The duo posed in character from their HBO movie The Normal Heart, which aired this past weekend in multiple showings.

Be sure to check out W magazine’s cover for the latest issue featuring Amber Heard.

The Normal Heart drew in one million viewers in its first airing, and an additional 435,000 viewers for its later showing, Variety reports. The movie ranked fifth overall in HBO movies that have premiered since 2010.

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  • Roberta

  • SG

    Stunning image.

  • GFW

    This is true dedication to his craft. I adore Mark.

  • Why…

    I have a questionI have a question. Why the producers of this movie did not hire real gay actors instead of hiring straight actors who play gay characters? I ask this cause most of the actors there are in real life gay not straight. It be more easy I guess casting a real gay actor to play a gay character instad of a straight actor playing a gay character.

    I know Mark Ruffalo is straight and it is married and have kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If I was his wife I wont be caught watching my husband having sex scenes with a man, a man who in real life is gay!!

    They should have hired a real gay actor to make those scenes Im sure it be more comfortable for the real gay actor that his partner in the sex scene will be a gay just like him so there wotn be any awkwardness, filming the scene. Just saying

  • Nan

    @why- Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Murphy both spoke about that in interviews. It wasn’t about whether somebody was gay or not, it was about who was best for the role.

    And there were a lot of gay actors in the movie – Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer. I believe Denis O’Hare is as well. A lot of the extras.

    And Mark Ruffalo never mentioned, not once that he was uncomfortable doing the role. He was the first actor to sign on, so I’m not sure what you are talking about in terms of comfortability He knew there’d be sex scenes. I wouldn’t think filming sex scenes in general would be comfortable to begin with.

    But really, I feel like you’ve completely missed some of the message of the movie.

  • GermanChick


    I have an answer! I have an answer!

    Because it’s called….drum roll…ACTING!

    What you say is exactly the reason why many gay actors in Hollywood won’t come out — being typecast as a gay man. So only gay actors can play gay characters and straight ones only straight parts? I don’t mind Matt Bomer being a straight hearthrob in White Collar, or Mark Ruffalo playing a gay (wonderful) character in Normal Heart. That is what is called ACTING.

    Just think of it this way…you don’t need a killer to play one, a cop to play one, a war vet to play one, an alien to play one…so why should the sexual orientation in real life be important?

  • Jenni

    @GermanChick: Amen!!!

  • Why…

    @GermanChick: For me iI see it in a different way. Cause it goes agaisnt what u believe in and was raised. If I was an actor I myself will never do what he did if I know im married and have kids, cause I respect my kids and wife especially if im not gay. or lesbian.

  • GermanChick


    I think we have to just agree to disagree, and thankfully most ppl and actors would disagree as well. Anyway, if your believes are this, why bother caring about some gay scenes some straight actor did…pretty sure nobody forced Mark.

  • isabel

    Oh Gosh!! this picture is so beautiful!

  • Jane

    @Why…: god you are pathetic! It’s acting, they did not have intercourse, gay or otherwise. Why are people so fcking stupid?

    On the bright side, both should make room for their Emmy’s, Globes, etc

  • NickyAngel

    That is a gorgeous pic of the guys :-)

  • Kimpossible Dream

    Matt Bomer is the most handsome openly gay celeb

  • Hilde

    @Kimpossible Dream: Matt is the most handsome human period, no debate! He is the first such where his orientation doesn’t matter. He’s a sex symbol for all.

  • joannet

    Why! do you need to be gay to play a gay character, sorry! that is a silly question, as others have said it’s called acting.
    It does not make any difference if your straight or gay, have you ever watched Matt Bomer on White Collar, he plays a straight man and
    you would never know he is gay, because he plays Neal Caffrey
    to perfection.
    As to Mark, I’m sure if his wife really dislike him playing a gay man
    I’m sure she would of raised hell, and he may of not done it.
    The picture is absolutely beautiful, Matt is such a gorgeous looking man.


    Mark looks like a drag queen, who has fooled everyone as to her sex, and just pulled off her wig, at the end of the performance, reveling her true self……..arrogantly. ;-)

    Matt….love you.

  • Candy Reaid

    The actors in this show were excellent portrayals regardless of their sexual preferences in real life! I thought I’d be a tad uncomfortable with the “sex” scenes, but oddly enough, to be straight and married, I felt like I was watching these couples in love going through some very difficult times that were so very alien to the world, that as I watched, I felt a touch of the pain and fear they must have had in the beginning, as well as now! And I was thrilled with Julia Roberts’ role! I’ve always just loved her! Even more so now! Excellent job, guys!

  • Melissa

    @Candy Reaid: this is a gorgeous image, I hear you, I fell in love with these two and I was surprised of how NOT shock I was with the intimate scenes, they felt natural, sexy and romantic, and Mark and Matt did a superb job, they share a sizzling chemestry on screen… about f*cking time we see a beautiful, sexy and romantic love story between two men in a movie!

  • mary

    If I was mark ‘wife I’d worry not because of scenes of love beetwen my husband and a gay actor but because scénes of love beetwen my husband and Matt. They are actors and their privacy has nothing to see.I saw NORMAL HEART twice and I can not imagine any other actors for these roles, really the perfect casting.

  • Pat Hechle

    Money would have been better given to an aids charity
    still not found a cure so sad to see innocent people die through no fault of there own