So Ed Norton is sad that he won't get to play the Hulk mad. But who WILL get to portray Marvel's green giant in The Avengers? We heard two rumors today, one that sounds reliable (well, as far as any rumor can be) and another that made us go ... really?
His Avengers co-star Chris Hemsworth may have packed on the pounds to play the Asgardian god of thunder, but Mark Ruffalo is heading in the other direction for his debut as the Hulk's alter ego, Bruce Banner.
The war of the words that saw Marvel slamming Ed Norton for not being "collaborative" enough to star as the Hulk and Norton Facebooking his disappointment is finally over. Which is a good thing, a very good thing, because we need our "HULK SMASH!" in any big-screen Avengers film.
It wasn't Mark Ruffalo's fault, but the road to his getting cast as the new Bruce Banner was a bumpy one, with lots of bad blood between Marvel and Ed Norton, the last actor to portray the Hulk's alter ego. But now that he's a part of Joss Whedon's Avengers movie, what does Ruffalo make of the messy PR war that came before?
Who doesn't have fond memories of The Incredible Hulk TV series starring Bill Bixby as David Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno as his angry green alter ego? We bet everyone does, and it seems that The Avengers' Mark Ruffalo also feels that way, as he and geek icon director Joss Whedon are looking to Bixby's take on the character for inspiration!
We loved Mark Ruffalo's performance as Dr. Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk in Marvel's The Avengers, but back when he was cast, people were not so kind. They didn't think this indie cinema star could pull it off, and they wanted Edward Norton back. Well, Ruffalo has a message for everyone who raged when his casting was announced: Thanks.