Ryan Murphy has revealed to Deadline that he received a call from President Obama congratulating him on his recent HBO movie “The Normal Heart”. This wasn’t quite a call out of the blue – Murphy hosted a major fundraiser for Obama back in 2012, so the president had reason to keep the filmmaker on side.
No, what makes the event significant was succinctly summarised by Murphy himself. “The whole movie is about Larry trying to get the attention of Washington” he explained to Deadline. “30 years later, to get a call from the President is a full-circle moment”.
It’s a typically Murphy-esque (and slightly self-congratulatory) way of putting it, but his point is undeniable, and a sign of how far attitudes have shifted. We weren’t the biggest fans of Murphy’s adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play here at /bent, but that doesn’t mean we would rather the film hadn’t been made. It’s important to be reminded of just what the generation who confronted the onset of AIDS went through, and Obama’s phone call, contrasting so sharply with the Reagan administration’s response, is a small event which does just that.