Ryan Murphy: Normal Heart stars Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer were 'terrified' of their sex scenes

The Normal Heart director Ryan Murphy reveals that the intense sex scenes between the characters played by Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer came to fruition with the help of an on-set 'sex choreographer.'

In the movie, which premieres on HBO on Sunday (25 May), Ruffalo plays AIDS activist Ned Weeks while Bomer plays his lover Felix Turner, a journalist.

'We hired a guy who specializes in ... sex choreography,' Murphy tells Huffington Post in an interview published Tuesday (20 May).'So he would come and he would work with the actors and it was like, "Okay, then you move your leg here, and your asshole goes up here, and then your neck goes over here." So we worked on it, so the actors felt like, "Okay, I’m in A Chorus Line. I can do it."'

But Murphy says both actors were 'terrified' to do the scenes because neither had that particular on-screen experience.

'Mark, I believe, had never kissed a guy, ever, on camera,' Murphy said. 'And he had certainly never had that level of sexuality. And I don’t think Matt had either. So I had a gay actor [Bomer] and a straight actor. And they were both terrified. But I just threw them into it.'

Murphy saus that on the first day of shooting, there was the scene in the movie where Ruffalo has to walk out of a sauna where two guys are going at it and walk by Bomer, and sort of ignore him as Bomer looks on lasciviously.

'We shot that almost as an homage to the bathhouse ads they used to run in New York in the early '80s,' Murphy says.'So we just got into it, man. We just got into it. And they were nervous but they were game. They knew it was an important part of the story. They went for it.'


ONTD, do you think you would be terrified if you had to film a sex scene? Why or why not?