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Why Julia Roberts Initially Refused Her Role in 'The Normal Heart'

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May 20, 2014 AT 7:48 PM
The premiere of "The Normal Heart" starring Julia Roberts, who plays a polio-stricken doctor who investigates the mystery illness that would later be identified as AIDS, airs on HBO on Sunday. "The Insider With Yahoo " spoke to Julia, and she revealed why she initially refused the coveted role in the Tony-winning play turned TV movie. "She's a lot to take on. I needed to know that and understood her, and in the end I think I did."