Mark Ruffalo has a big year ahead of him.
He's fresh off his Oscar nomination for "The Kids Are All Right," he's about to show the world a whole new side of his talent. No, we're not talking about his role as the Hulk in "The Avengers" -- that won't be out until May 2012 -- but his directorial debut, "Sympathy for Delicious."
"Delicious" premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival and walked away with ample buzz and good reviews.
It's the unusual story of a turntable genius named Delicious (Christopher Thornton, who also wrote the film). He's paralyzed and homeless, bitterly relying on the help he receives from a priest, Father Joe (Ruffalo). Out of desperation, he attends a faith healing. He remains in his wheelchair, but winds up with the power to heal other people. Delicious immediately takes this power down the darkest path, hooking up with a rock star (Orlando Bloom) who helps him turn his gift into power, profit and a flamboyant lifestyle. But Delicious soon finds that with great power comes great responsibility, and sets out on a path of redemption.
The story is a unique one, and the trailer doesn't hold anything back. "Sympathy" may be a hard sell (it's definitely a grungier religious story than people are used to) but we think the combination of a cast and Ruffalo's striking directorial style will make a big splash with critics and audiences.
The trailer for "Sympathy for Delicious" debuted on Fandango Movies.