Mark Ruffalo Explains Why He Took the Role of Hulk in The Avengers
08.31.10 by Ryan
Comic book fans were surprised and curious when Mark Ruffalo was revealed as the new Bruce Banner (a.k.a. The Hulk) for the upcoming Avengers adaptation at this year's Comic-Con, but no one may be more surprised than the actor himself. Ruffalo told the Sunday Herald Sun that the superhero movie was an unusual project for the actor.
I probably wouldn't have done this movie in the past. But because of what Robert [Downey, Jr.] had done and where that genre has gone since then, I did it.
Ruffalo, the third actor in the past 10 years to play the role — Eric Bana played the part in 2003's The Hulk and then Edward Norton took over for 2008's The Incredible Hulk —, has previously likened the Banner role as "my generation's Hamlet," admitting "we're all gonna get a crack at it." He assured the Australian newspaper that he decision was not a financial one.
I have never really been one to go for the cash. If my dad knew how much money I had turned in my lifetime he would kick me in the a**.
The Avengers will start production next February from a script by director Joss Whedon. Ruffalo will join Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, and Scarlett Johansson in the cast of Marvel Studios' superhero ensemble movie, which opens on May 4, 2012 in 3-D.