Has she done much to help? Does she deserve her role in The Normal Heart?
She's 45. That's 90 in Hollywood years. She deserves to do good work, and I know she can do it if she concentrates.
What does her record on AIDS have anything with her employment? Its not a requisite to have anything to do with AIDS organizations.
Actress employed to act. The end.
Well, as far as I know, Julia's never given anyone the AIDS. So there is that.
I'd rather see Susan Sarandon or even Angelina Jolie in the part.
Past my hero Meryl Streep, you go down to Julia Roberts, then you go down to Jennifer Lawrence. These gals have to make it to 50, 60, showing that they can earn a buck and really act. Otherwise, there is no hope.
She didn't get it when she was a heroin addict.
but The Normal Heart role is different...I think it would have more gravitas if the actress had actually worked against aids in real life.
No. The job of the actress is to make you believe.
Why should she have a record on AIDS, OP?
There's a line between Personal Belief/Life and Actress/Role. Don't blur them OP.
AIDS activism/charity work I mean
I guess r10....but on the other hand she doesn't usually have the rage and depth to pull off that part but I guess we'll see.
Why should she necessarily have a record on AIDS activism/charity work, then?
Are you familiar with the part r9/r13? and it's historical context? There were actresses like Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Shirley MacLaine, Angelina Jolie who actually were in the trenchs speaking out when others weren't
I will choose to hope they make a good film. That is positive and ultimately reaches a larger audience.
Not r9 or r13 but...so what r14? What does hiring an actress for a part have to do with what they did for AIDS?
Your hiring an actress not a company representative.
What a completely pointless question and irrational construct you have presented, OP.
Wow. What a bizarre question OP. Does she "deserve" her role?! Uhm, she's a Hollywood actress, not The Red Cross. What bizarre politically correct clique do you travel in where actors, who owe us nothing must pursue community service to be considered for certain roles. Do you feel "The Gay Community" is the producer of this project? Weird.
Better than your record on apostrophes, OP.
Once upon a time, I thought Elizabeth Taylor would have been a good choice. She had acted on stage, due to back problems, in The Little Foxes.
Certainly Taylor's credentials in the early public perception of HIV/AIDS are well known.
I mainly was against Barbra Streisand for fear she'd make the doctor the primary character.
I agree that an actress need not have been heavily involved in the fight to play the part, but it would be nice.
Sarandon is ideal, for me. She's good casting and outspokenly liberal and gay-friendly.
Roberts might be fine, though I doubt her name will attract many viewers now. Catherine Zeta-Jones makes as much sense. CZJ offered to donate her entire salary to AIDS charities. And she's a better actress, IMO.
But I'm open to Roberts. She can act with the right material and a strong director.
Those are good options r20 but I can't agree with your reasoning. Sarandon because she's an outspoken liberal and Zeta-Jones because she offered to donate her salary to Aids? So?
The reason enough is that they would be good for the role. No need for the other stuff.
I would also like to know what kind of actual work Christian Bale did fighting supervillains before he took the part of Batman!
It is an extremely complex role. Very few actresses can convey the panic and fear that the doctor feels regarding how a new virus as coming for her patients just like poliop came for her. Ellen Barkin was pure rage. Kathy Bates was utter brilliance. Julia will be Julia.
Has a dingo ever actually eaten Meryl Streep's baby?
[quote]It is an extremely complex role.
No it's not at all. It's written by Larry Kramer, who is a hack writer. He is incapable of writing complex roles.
That should have read:
"She had acted on stage in a wheelchair, due to back problems, in The Little Foxes."
R21 I said:
"I agree that an actress need not have been heavily involved in the fight to play the part, but it would be nice."
Would you want Deidre Hall playing the part?
Or Patricia Heaton?
Whoever gives a great performance is fine. But I still think someone sympathetic to gays would be a nice touch.
As soon as Ryan Murphy was attached, I knew this story was going to be turned into a piece of shit vanity project, with his BFFs taking lead roles (far outside their respective acting ranges).
I rather agree with the OP. I don't think there's a chance in hell that Jeremy Renner would have pulled off such a tour de force performance as Jeffrey Dahmer were it not for all they gay brown men Renner had consumed prior to the getting the role.
Don't ever be a casting director r26. An actors life, positive or negative, should never influence casting. The only thing in consideration, to eliminate, is box office draw.
Her record may not be great, but her presence in the project will attract an audience of people who may not be familiar with how AIDS affected the gay community in the 1980's, and might make them sympathetic to the need for ongoing research and a cure.
I apologize for offending any of Julia's fans.
BTW, if you bothered to read my comments, I said I was open to Roberts.
As far as becoming a casting director, I have no plans to change careers. But I wouldn't recommend that field for you, either, if you think Roberts is a big box office draw.
[quote]The only thing in consideration, to eliminate, is box office draw.
It is a TV movie...no box office. Jim Parsons will bring in more viewers than Julia who?
[quote]Has a dingo ever actually eaten Meryl Streep's baby?
It would explain Mamie....so I'm going to answer possibly.
Her husband Danny Moder is the cinematographer of The Normal Heart so Julia and the wheelchair will be particularly well lit.
Lamest premise ever, OP.
Don't, actually. But like so many rational posters on the thread, it's stupid to link AIDS activism with playing a part in a movie.
so if Anita Braynt had wanted to it she could have
Oh, yeah, completely.
Sally Field or AnnE would be better!!!
This logic won't help us get more gay celebrities out. Because if you're gay, by this logic, you couldn't play a romantic straight lead, could you? Because... you don't have the... experience in real life to qualify.
How is Harrison Ford's record on Nazis? Has he done much to help? Did he deserve his role in Raiders of the Lost Ark?
Julia Robert narrated a documentary on AIDS and donated her fee to AIDS charities.
The thing that bothers me is how ill-suited Julia Roberts seems to be to this role. Dr. Emma Brookner is about as far out of Roberts' wheelhouse as you could possibly think.
Was there ever any discussion about bringing Ellen Barkin back to reprise her Tony Award-winning performance? Ryan Murphy clearly knows her and likes her having prominently featured her in "The New Normal." I thought Barkin's performance in "The Normal Heart" on Broadway was one of the most ferocious tours-de-force I had ever seen. Her second act monologue was an absolute show-stopper and the audience gave her a mid-play ovation (which, I'd never seen before). I just don’t see JR in this role at all.
Barkin's tremendous work was highlighted even more by the fact that I saw Patricia Wettig months later at Arena Stage playing the same role and she was fucking awful.
At the end of the day, though, the role is really NOT that big, so there's no chance of Roberts somehow swooping in and making this all about her.
OP, actors don't "deserve" roles. They get them for being good actors and appropriate for the role.
Your name isn't Larry Kramer, is it?
Can we please stop replying to this thread? OP is too stupid to live.
[quote]Ryan Murphy clearly knows her and likes her having prominently featured her in "The New Normal.
She was just fired from New Normal...so I think your sentence should read "liked" not "likes"
If they cast a republican like Bruce Willis in the film.....how quickly all the "an actor just gets the role if they can act" type trolls would turn.
(I have a feeling there are a lot of actors on this thread. What restaurants do you guys work at?)
Was it a disco record or a funk record?
Oh, okay, R47. I had no idea. I don't watch the stupid thing. I just knew that she [was] in it at one point.