July 15th, 2010
10:24 AM ET
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.”
As reported earlier this week, Marvel Studios is on the hunt for a new actor to replace Edward Norton for the forthcoming project, “The Avengers.” Norton was the replacement for Eric Bana, who assumed the role in Ang Lee’s dreamier, 2003 version. Audiences and critics alike agreed that the 2008 reboot featuring Norton as “The Incredible Hulk,” 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 “Zodiac,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and the critically acclaimed “The Kids Are Alright,” 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’d 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.
“I don't know if I’ll ever end up in that world,” he once told MTV News. “I was a big Frank Miller fan [growing] up, the ‘Wolverine’ and ‘X-Men’ series was cool, but as I’ve gotten older, I sort of haven’t been so much into it. My kid’s getting into that stuff.”
Is Ruffalo the right man for the job of the big green monster?
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