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Mark Ruffalo - The Next Hulk?

Mark Ruffalo: The next 'Hulk'?

Bana. Norton. Ruffalo?

In the last 24 hours, both fanboys and entertainment insiders have been in a frenzy over the idea of Mark Ruffalo becoming the next "Hulk.%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D

As reported earlier this week, Marvel Studios is on the hunt for a new actor to replace Edward Norton for the forthcoming project, %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CThe Avengers.%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D Norton was the replacement for Eric Bana, who assumed the role in Ang Lee%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99s dreamier, 2003 version. Audiences and critics alike agreed that the 2008 reboot featuring Norton as %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CThe Incredible Hulk,%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D brought toughness and realism back to the role.

So out goes Norton, and in comes Ruffalo? Not so fast. While The Hollywood Reporter notes that there is serious interest in the actor known for quirkier roles in films like %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CZodiac,%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D and the critically acclaimed %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CThe Kids Are Alright,%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D nothing is set in stone as of yet.

Standing 5' 9" tall, Ruffalo might not be the physical embodiment of Bruce Banner that Marvel die-hards are used to (Bana is 6' 3", and Norton is close behind at 6' 1"), but you%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99d be hard-pressed to find anyone in doubt over his acting chops.

Yet Ruffalo hasn't been so sure the realm of comic book movies is the right for him.

%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CI don't know if I%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99ll ever end up in that world,%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D he once told MTV News. %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CI was a big Frank Miller fan [growing] up, the %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%98Wolverine%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99 and %C3%A2%C2%80%C2%98X-Men%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99 series was cool, but as I%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99ve gotten older, I sort of haven%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99t been so much into it. My kid%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99s getting into that stuff.%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D

Is Ruffalo the right man for the job of the big green monster?

by Miareply 405/15/2012

I like Ruffalo. I think with he can do wonders on screen given the right role. But I don't think he fits the Eric Banner type. Ruffalo's not nerdy enough. No matter how much method acting he'll bring to the role, his whole cool, laid back approach he brings to his characters would be all wrong for the socially awkward and neurotic Banner. He would totally be miscast.

Ruffalo is good in roles that exhibit his coolness. (He was the only redeeming factor in Jane Champion's lame In The Cut...especially the bar scene where he was schooling Meg Ryan on how one should flirt with black women.) He'd work better in a neo-noir than an over-bloated, badly-written comic book movie series like The Hulk.

by Miareply 107/15/2010

R1 was WRONG. He was a GREAT Banner. Best one yet (since Bill Bixby).

by Miareply 205/15/2012

Eric Bana. David Banner.

by Miareply 305/15/2012

In The Cut WAS a pretty sexy, sweaty, red light train wreck.

by Miareply 405/15/2012
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