If Mark Ruffalo had been offered the role of Bruce Banner in Marvel’s original “Hulk” movie, it’s likely he would have passed on it.
As it turned out, the cerebral, medium-twisting Ang Lee-directed “Hulk” did little to help or harm the career of its star, Eric Bana. Yet, as the comic movie craze gained momentum, Marvel’s relatively young movie faction has sought to get the character perfectly primed for its team epic “The Avengers”.
Named during Comic-Con as the newest actor to play the green goliath, Ruffalo told Australia’s Sunday Herald-Sun (via What's Playing) that it was Robert Downey Jr. who granted him a fresh perspective on the potential of comic book hero movies.
“Because of what Robert [Downey Jr.] had done and where that genre has gone since then, I did it," he said.
Still, the actor, a fan of “The Incredible Hulk” TV show, remains wary of his artificial costars: the obligatory green screen and collection of special effects he’ll be working with in “The Avengers”. Writer/Director Joss Whedon, for one, has placed a vote of extreme confidence in Ruffalo’s ability to remedy ailing film property.
While Ruffalo may have fond memories of Hulk, he still sees the comic franchise fallout for the blockbuster it is, and it’s inclusion in his repertoire of credentials is something he approaches mathematically.
“Five for me and one for them," said Ruffalo, referring to his practice of choosing personal, independent projects over big studio money makers. “I have never really been one to go for the cash. If my dad knew how much money I had turned in my lifetime he would kick me in the ass”.
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