Sunday night saw the premiere of HBO’s The Normal Heart, starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts among others, and directed by Glee’s Ryan Murphy. Set during the height of the AIDS epidemic, and based on the play by Larry Kramer, the film was sure to evoke strong reactions, and sure enough, Twitter was lit up by people reacting to the film – but just about everyone seemed to love it.
Before it even aired, Glee’s Lea Michele was singing the film’s praises:
Very proud of my friend @MrRPMurphy for all of the hard work he put into the amazing #NormalHeart. Time in tonight on @HBO ❤️
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) May 25, 2014
Leading lights from across TV land were also quick to congratulate Murphy and the others behind the film:
Congratulations to my friend @MrRPMurphy on the premiere of his triumph, #TheNormalHeart tonight on @HBO. — Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) May 25, 2014
Thank you Murphy, @MarkRuffalo, Bomer, Parsons, Kitsch and HBO – everyone involved. I’m speechless. #normalheart — Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) May 26, 2014
While The Normal Heart’s fans extended beyond TV, with Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson and author Anne Rice chipping in to wax lyrical:
Still recovering from @HBO‘s NORMAL HEART. Devastating, unflinching, & necessary. Beyond proud of Ryan Murphy & an exquisite ensemble
— Cheyenne Jackson (@cheyennejackson) May 26, 2014
“The Normal Heart.” Where to begin? See it. You have to. Incredibly powerful, beautifully written, directed,… http://t.co/CVRZS8bQ4j
— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) May 26, 2014
Those involved in making the film seemed touched by the positive responses across Twitter:
Thank you all for your kind words and support. Means a great deal to me. Have a great night. #TheNormalHeart
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 26, 2014
I am thrilled so many young people are discovering and loving The Normal Heart. Get ready West Coast!
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 26, 2014
Thank you to everyone who watched The Normal Heart tonight. Larry Kramer- you are my hero. #36million
— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) May 26, 2014
Basically, everyone loved it. Is The Normal Heart the first event to ever completely unite Twitter?
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