I’ve added scans from the May 2012 issue of Total Film Magazine. A fantastic muli-page article about The Avengers was featured in the May issue. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
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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.’
Ruffalo said his mother told him “The Avengers” is the best movie he’s ever been in.
Ruffalo does a great job as both the long-suffering Banner and his mayhem-happy alter-ego, so it should come as no surprise to learn that Marvel has tied him down to appear in a few more of their movies. Six to be precise!
We’re presuming that The Avengers was the first of those six, which would suggest that Ruffalo will be appearing in five more of the studio’s forthcoming outings. We’d guess that at least two of those movies are potential Avengers sequels, perhaps with a couple of cameos in one or more of Thor 2, Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2. Plus, also, a solo The Hulk movie, maybe?
Source: Total Film
While promoting The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth played a game of charades. Can you figure out which movie Mark was acting out? Take a look below:
Mark Ruffalo will “never forget” the first day he walked onto the set of Avengers Assemble in his “little leotard”.
Mark admits the biggest challenge of the movie was wearing the unforgiving motion-capture costume that technicians used to transform him into the massive green monster.
“I’ll never forget the first day I walked on set in my little leotard,” Ruffalo told The Hollywood Reporter. “Immediately I saw half of the crew and cast start to giggle. But when I freaked out I was actually pretty scary.”
The 44-year-old has made no secret of his distaste for the outfit in the past, claiming he felt like an “a**hole” in the leotard. Mark had to slim down to play the green superhero and fit into the costume.
“I did a cleanse that was like hell. I lost 21 pounds and I’ve kept about 15 off. I quite like it – it’s good to be a little trimmer,” he previously revealed.
“I felt like such an a**hole wearing The Hulk’s little leotard, though. When they were designing it, I was like, ‘How about adding a codpiece? How about a** pads?’ It’s not very flattering.”
Director Joss Whedon is putting the finishing touches on Marvel’s The Avengers, which kicks off the summer movie season May 4. While the ensemble features an entire team of superheroes, the filmmaker revealed that most of the story will be told through the perspective of Chris Evans’ Captain America character.
Here’s what he had to say below:
“I set out with a very simple problem: There is no reason for these people to be in the same movie. So that’s what my movie has to be about. So much of the movie takes place from Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) perspective, since he’s the guy who just woke up and sees this weird ass world. Everyone else has been living in it.”
Marvel’s The Avengers comes to theaters May 4th, 2012 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson. The film is directed by Joss Whedon. (Source)
Marvel has unleashed a new international Russian trailer for The Avengers, and it contains a bit more new footage. The trailer is completely in Russian but you still get a pretty good idea of what is going on. There’s no doubt that this film is going to be epic.