Mark Ruffalo Promises ‘Ashecliffe’ Will Rank Among Martin Scorsese’s Best

Saying that a man who directed “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Departed,” and many more has helmed some great films isn’t exactly stepping out onto a ledge. Saying that that very same man’s best work is in front of him? Now we’re talking!

Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” (or “Ashecliffe,” we’re not exactly sure) is shaping up to be one of the famed director’s best, co-star Mark Ruffalo said.

“It is Martin Scorsese’s playground with this movie. He gets to do everything he loves about film,” Ruffalo insisted. “He does noir, fantasy sequences, dream sequences, madness, suspense, tough urban stuff. It’s absolute madness and twist upon twist. This could be one of his great films.”

The film, based on a book by “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane follows two US Marshalls (Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio) and their investigation into the disappearance of a mental patient from a Massachusetts asylum.

Anybody who has read the book, however, (as I have since my last article about the film, when I was unable to figure out which role Patricia Clarkson would play) could tell you that the film is about so much more than the basic plotline sketches at. Ruffalo, like me, would rather some of that remain a mystery, the actor only going so far as to say that it’s “so much bigger.”

So what does Ruffalo call the recent Oscar winner on set?

“You sort of go Mr. Scorsese, Mr. Scorsese, Mr. Scorsese,” the thesp laughed, “but at some point after day 60, you’re like ‘hey Marty!’”

And what does he say? Please and thank-you, that’s what.

As should we all. Jazzed for “Shutter Island”? What’s your favorite Scorsese movie? Sound off below.