Mark Ruffalo was hardly etched in our memories as Bruce Banner / Hulk. Because the actor recalled early conversations with Marvel during an interview. In it he tried the makers of The Avengers to convince someone else to choose the role. “I was scared. I was really scared. I’m still scared, ”said Ruffalo.
Many Marvel fans know actor Mark Ruffalo better as his alter ego Bruce Banner. Or perhaps even better as Banner’s alter ego Hulk. But that was almost not the case, because Ruffalo has left during early conversations The Avengers try to talk the idea of him as Hulk out of Marvel’s head.
The first Hulk
Mark Ruffalo was not the first actor to take the role of Hulk. One actor led the way, and did so in the standalone film The Incredible Hulk from 2008: Edward Norton. But the Marvel-Norton partnership didn’t quite go as expected.
Then Marvel The Avengers Norton was no longer asked to make it in 2012. The wildest stories circulated about the end of that collaboration, but in the end it would amount to creative differences (as is often the case in the film world).
“I’m still scared”
Since The Avengers Mark Ruffalo has crawled into the green skin of the Hulk several times. But fans could almost have put a different face on Bruce Banner and his alter ego. During an interview with entertainment magazine Variety, the actor thought back to the first conversations with Marvel.
“I tried to talk it out of my head to cast me,” Mark Ruffalo recalled. “I said,” I don’t know if I’m the right person, I’ve never done anything like it. “But Joss (Whedon, the creator of The Avengers, ed.) and Robert (Downey Jr., ed.) were very convincing that I could do it. ”
“I was scared. I was really scared. I’m still scared. The technological aspect of all this makes it very difficult to work. I constantly have problems with it. But my motto is make fear your friend. Keep pushing yourself to do things you fear, to take on challenges. ”