Actor Taylor Kitsch says playing gay in
the upcoming HBO film The Normal Heart was outside his
Kitsch (Friday Night Lights)
plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a
prominent AIDS activist, in the film adaptation of Larry Kramer's
Tony Award-winning AIDS play.
In remarks to Vulture, Kitsch
said that signing up for the part has been an education.
“I mean, look: I was born in ’81.
I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic,” Kitsch
said. “I'm straight, and playing a gay guy who's leading a
double life, who's still in the closet, who's losing his lovers, who
has AIDS but won't admit it to himself, who ends up dying … I mean,
where do you want to start? Fuck me, dude. It's insane. The body
type, the fact that he works at Citibank, very high up on Wall
Street, so learning that part of it and reading an insane amount of
books about guys who were leading those kinds of lives, learning
about AZT and where it started … I knew probably the surface stuff,
but what I learned for this, the education I got, that was another
“Being out of your comfort zone is
why you become an actor,” Kitsch added. “You try to stretch
yourself as much as you can.”