THR: Your next project is Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, about the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in early 1980s New York, which you pursued aggressively. Why?
Murphy: It was a property that I paid for out of my own pocket and then I fought to get it made. It scares me because I came of age sexually in the early 1980s, and I lost so many friends, and so it means a lot to me. I really want young people to know what it used to be like and how that disease is still with us in a very deadly, horrible way. Larry and I have been working on this script for a year and a half, and every page has some sock to the stomach emotionally. There’s a three-page scene in there that I can barely read, let alone direct, which is about what it’s like to be a caregiver when somebody’s dying and throwing up and having diarrhea in your arms. [x]