Mark Ruffalo: Embodying Hulk Was 'Very Daunting'

No other film adaptation of a Marvel character has been as widely criticized as The Hulk. Eric Bana's and Edward Norton's portrayals of the green monster with an uncontrollable temper left the comic fan base less than satisfied. But now a new Hulk is taking over the big screen. Owning the role in "Marvel's The Avengers" is Mark Ruffalo, who told MTV News at the Tribeca Film Festival that stepping into the character is "very daunting."

"I've never had a part so harshly reviewed before I even shot a single frame of film," the actor revealed. "The fanboys had a lot to say about it — granted, they had a great deal of care about this part and a lot of sentimentality about it, as do I, growing up on it. There have been other great performances as Banner."

What gave his rendition of Hulk the added advantage over Bana's and Norton's performances is today's technological advances. "The only real edge that I had was that the technology had changed so much since that last movie that I actually got to play the Hulk."

When we asked him his thoughts on Joss Whedon and how the director's vision may have improved the character, Ruffalo said it was simply "a natural progression" from what the initial actors' already did with the not-so-jolly green giant.

"When you find [Bruce Banner] at this point, he's tired of running. He's got a wry sense of humor about himself. He's ready to turn and face the world. He's got a charming world-weariness that's kind of knocked the edges off of him and made him slightly more accessible," he said.

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