Ruffalo will play gay activitist Ned Weeks in Ryan Murphy‘s film version of The Normal Heart, a 1985 play written by Larry Kramer about about the AIDs epidemic. At first Ruffalo was hesistant to play Weeks, only because he believed it was time a gay actor play, well, a gay actor. “It just should be,” said Ruffalo. “It’s time. At what point did they finally let an African American play an African American? There comes a time in our culture when Marlon Brando shouldn’t be playing a Japanese guy. But the other way of thinking is that we should all be able to play whatever, and that’s sort of how Ryan approached me.”
Being a gay rights activist, Ruffalo and wife Sunrise recently appeared in the New Yorkers For Marriage Equality series for the Human Rights Campaign. He explained to The Advocate why he feels so passionately about the issue:
“We have a lot of friends who are gay couples with kids. When my son would go to his friend’s house down the street, where his friend’s parents are a married gay couple, not once did he come home and say, “Why does he have two papas?” That didn’t occur to him, because their house is no different from ours…
Ruffalo, spotted cuddling with Sunrise at LAX back in February, appears next as the Hulk in The Avengers. And no, he won’t have to shave his chest. The character will be based on Ruffalos features, down to his wrinkles and scars.