Edward Norton Counters His Dismissal from The Avengers
09.20.10 by Ryan
By now, comic book movie fans have had time to mourn the loss of Edward Norton from Marvel Entertainment's upcoming The Avengers movie. When Marvel president of production Kevin Feige announced in July that the studio had decided to not bring Norton back for The Avengers, Feige explained that the decision was "not based on monetary factors" but instead because of "the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members." Norton's public statement on the matter remained classy, thanking fans for their support, and weeks later Mark Ruffalo was announced as Norton's replacement. In a recent interview with MTV, Norton gave more details about why Marvel decided to let him go.
The thing that was disingenuous about some of the stuff that had gone on is it was a very professional and very respectful business situation. We really couldn't work it out on a business level, and I know that's disappointing to some people, but it's nobody's fault. I don't have any disrespect for anybody's decisions in the business framework. You do what you feel you need to do on both sides, and that's totally fine. I have no idea why anybody tried to characterize it as anything other than that kind of a decision, which is absolutely what it was.
In other words, according to Norton, the decision was entirely "monetary" despite Feige's statement to the contrary. Still, Norton doesn't look at the situation with any regret.
I didn't want to be negative about anything. I had a great time doing [The Incredible Hulk]. I was very happy to be part of it all. People's response to that film was great. That's everything you want. If you're going to do one of those, and be in those long traditions of those things we all grew up in, you don't want to be in one of the bad ones. So I'm really happy people had a good thing with that. My life's way too good on too many levels to be over-intense about things like that.
Norton can next be seen in Stone, which opens October 8.