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The Normal Heart: Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons on Why This HBO Film Is So Important

The Normal Heart makes its HBO debut on Sunday, May 25 and it's not to be missed. With an all-star cast and hailing from acclaimed writer Larry Kramer and Emmy winner Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart is based on the 1985 play of the same name and chronicles the AIDS epidemic in America in the 1980s.

"I think that it's really important for not just younger gay people, but younger people in general to see the fight that took place, as it were, to get to where we are," Emmy winner Jim Parsons told E! News' Alicia Quarles at the premiere of The Normal Heart. "The struggle that took place that allows me to in peace and comfort walk this red carpet with my partner."

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The A-list cast also includes Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch and Julia Roberts. While the movie is set in a specific time in history, Roberts said it's important for all generations to watch and remember the fight that went on.

"I want people that are my generation to see it to remember and people that are your generation to see it and be educated," Roberts said. "The balance of it is really important."

Watch the videos above for how the stars of the film were changed by the material and just how Murphy finally got the movie made.

The Normal Heart airs Sunday, May 25 on HBO.

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