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Mark Ruffalo talks The Hulk in THE AVENGERS

James Wallace

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April 29th, 2011

Back in January, actor/stuntman Brandon Molale stated that he had auditioned for to play the motion capture portions of The Hulk in THE AVENGERS. This, of course, went against what was originally reported, that being that Mark Ruffalo would play both Bruce Banner and the mocap purple pant-clad Jolly Green Giant.

Now Ruffalo, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, has confirmed that he will in fact play both, being the first actor to do so. It is entirely possible that Joss Whedon & co. explored the possibilities of having two actors play the role, and thus auditioned guys like Molale, ultimately deciding to go with Ruffalo for both the Jekyll and the Hyde.

I don't think many would argue that will produce the best, most organic performance for the film, as Ruffalo is a fantastic actor and more than capable to bring both the physical and emotional sides to both personalities. Check out what he had to say about how his theater training and prep have played a pivotal role in playing The Incredible Hulk.

What preparations have you been doing up until now?

I’ve been working with [director/co-writer] Joss Whedon quite a bit on developing it, my portion of it. I’ll be working with Robert Downey, and I’m already doing the motion capture stuff. I’m excited.

So you are performing both parts of the Hulk, the human and the digital monster?

Yeah, I’m the first actor to do both. It’s really cool. I was surprised by how well my theater training played into the motion capture thing, because it’s all your imagination. When he moves across the ground, I want him using all fours, using his arms as much as his legs to move from here to there. I’d like to capture some of the primitive aspect of him.

Do you see him as a kind of hunched, gorilla-type?

Not so much hunched, but the low center of gravity, and the flailing of the arms sometimes.

I assume you’ve seen concept art of how he’ll turn out. What does he look like?

He looks just like me, but bloated and green. And big! He looks like me 40 pounds ago. [Laughs]

You are luckiest of The Avengers. You could hang out and eat ice cream all day, while they all have to pump iron to stay muscular.

It’s not a bad deal! The more of a difference there is between Mark and the Hulk, the happier everyone seems to be. I was like, ‘So do you want me to get ripped up?’ And they went, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no! Nice and trim. We want you nice and trim.’ They said, ‘We want you to look good with your shirt off, but we don’t want you strapped.’ I can live with that. And so can my wife!

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