Edward Norton Responds to His Avengers Ousting with Class
Posted 07.12.10 by reelz
Soap operas aren't just for TV. Case in point, over the weekend casting news surprised many Avengers fans. Despite positive reports and the high hopes of fans, Edward Norton would not be returning to his role as The Incredible Hulk for The Avengers movie. The news was confirmed by Marvel Entertainment executive Kevin Feige in a somewhat negative statement. Norton's agent sent back a scathing retort to "set the record straight" about the facts of the matter. And now we have a quote from the actor himself via facebook. Judging from his measured response, it looks like Ed's taking the high road.
As most of you know, I don't like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience's fullest enjoyment of the 'magic' that films can have. But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So here goes: It seems it won't work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in "The Avengers." I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone but it hasn't turned out as we all hoped. I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a part of the Hulk's long and excellent history. And I really can't thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you've sent me way about what Louis and I tried to do in our turn with the legend. It means a lot to me. I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I'm really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that's why we love him, right?