If your car is parked on Henry Street or Hicks around Pineapple and Clark Streets, make sure you move it before 10pm Saturday (6/8). ‘The Normal Heart’ a new HBO movie starring Mark Ruffalo and Jim Parsons (Sheldon from ‘Big Bang Theory’) will be shooting there on Sunday. (If your car does end up towed, contact the location manager at 917-705-4934 or the location department at 646-863-7530.)
The film, written by Larry Kramer, is about “a gay activist [who] attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s,” according to IMDB. Kramer best known for founding the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP, adapted the film from his 1985 play. He’d originally optioned it to Barbra Streisand for a feature film:
IMDB: Barbra Streisand bought the film rights to Kramer’s play, “The Normal Heart”, in 1985. However, Kramer withdrew them in 1995, after Streisand had not made the film in 10 years. Streisand had planned to direct the film after The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), but that production was so problematic that she could not face directing again so soon. Kramer claimed Streisand preferred to do other work, instead, thereby blocking other directors from making the film. His memorable comment on Streisand’s hesitance was “P*ss or get off the pot!”.
Parsons is reprising the role of Tommy Boatwright which he played in the play’s recent revival. The Broadway production won the 2011 TONY Award for Best Revival of a Play.