Mark Ruffalo has got to be the most inspired casting in the superhero movie genre. Hollywood’s most underrated actor thinks his turn as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in The Avengers will finally give him some much-needed visibility – to do more of the quirky, indie films he loves
Mark Ruffalo has flown under the radar for most of his career. Appearing in indie films and playing character roles for most of his working life, Ruffalo appeared in box-office duds like In the Cut and a bunch of rom-coms before underlining his potential as an actor in films like Zodiac and Reservation Road.
In 2011, he received a much-deserved Oscar nomination for his role in The Kids are Alright. And now at 44, he’s got a starring role in the biggest superhero ensemble ever, The Avengers. Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk in a movie that also stars Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson. Here are some insights from an exclusive interview.
The Hulk captures a part of us
I don’t know what it is about The Hulk. He captures that part of us that wants to jump and scream. We are all so well behaved and we finally get to see the explosion of all of our feelings in all of their green glory.
My son relates to the character
My ten-year-old son has all of this power and force of nature rolling through his body, but at the same time, he’s expected to not let it get the best of him. He is at the cutting edge of the most horrible part of a young person’s life, when they have all of that going on but they are expected to have some control over it. I think that’s why young people love this character so much, that’s why they relate to it. I bought the box set of The Incredible Hulk TV show, to watch it again, because we talked a lot about it. After the third episode, my son turned to me and was like, ‘Papa. He’s so misunderstood!’. And I’m like, ‘That’s it buddy, that’s it.’ Read the rest of this entry »