Mark Ruffalo: ‘It took hours and hours of convincing before I took on Hulk’

Mark Ruffalo enjoys “f***ing with people’s preconceived notions” through the movie roles he chooses.

The 48-year-old actor has starred in a variety of movie genres, with his most famous roles coming in films such as The Kids Are All Right, Zodiac, Foxcatcher and the recent Oscar-nominated Spotlight.

One part he is most well known for is that of Bruce Banner/Hulk in The Avengers movies – but Mark took a lot of convincing before committing to the Marvel franchise.

“The Hulk was one of my favourite TV shows when I was a kid, and that character was really interesting to me, and how we deal with anger,” Mark told Britain’s The Guardian newspaper.

He initially turned the role down, but after “hours and hours” of discussions with director Joss Whedon, he changed his mind.

“I thought, unless we could do something that added something worthwhile to this story, I am not the right guy,” Mark added. “But he convinced me.

“As an actor I like f**king with people’s preconceived notions. I don’t like being put into any kind of a box. But, in the end, it was down to the material.”

Mark’s choice of films showcase how flexible he is as an actor. When it comes to choosing the roles he commits to, he has a very strict list of criteria.

“(It) starts with the part: is it something that scares me, or challenges me, or gets my motor going?” he said. “The priority is the role. Is it something I haven’t done before, or that speaks to my heart in some way. That can take me into any kind of movie.”

One thing he wasn’t too sure about when signing with the Marvel movies was that he was committing to numerous films, rather than just one.

However, Mark has been impressed with how much involvement he has been given in the scripts for the films.

“I made a commitment to myself that I would never do a job without reading the script first,” he said. “But now I am in a franchise, it’s like I’ve got to do them. But the good thing about Marvel is that we can have a dialogue about it. They don’t just hand the script to you and say, ‘Here it is’. I get to work with them on it.”

– Cover Media

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