Yesterday afternoon we took a trip to London, saw Avengers Assemble (review here) and got to hear some interesting insights about the filming process from the cast – more of that to come next week but one of the most interesting discussions was with Mark Ruffalo about his casting for the role.
Coming into this super-hero ensemble he was the only cast member who had not been a part of the action other than Hawkeye, but it was different for Ruffalo as not only had he not been a part of the gang, his role Dr Bruce Banner had been played by other actors who didn’t get the call to join the Whedon/Marvel vision. Fans had previously seen both Eric Bana and Ed Norton get green and mean.
Yesterday his co-star Tom Hiddleston was talking about the wonderful fan base that these films have and he admitted “we’re lucky to have people who love the characters as much, if not more than we do… it’s a privilege to have people who care so much”, picking up on that Ruffalo followed up the train of thought and talked about the dreaded world wide web and it’s reaction shortly after the day that Whedon introduced his cast at Comic-Con Mark didn’t have a good day, fans reactions were less than favourable he told us:
“I was overcome by a moment of very poor judgement early on, by going online and seeing the response to me coming in and being cast as Dr Banner”, he said “I won’t do that again! It wasn’t glowing, and I found the fan’s exuberant passion to be very, very brutal.”
“I hope we’ve amended that!”, he added, with a grin on his face.
Having witnessed his performance of both Bruce Banner and ‘the other guy’ as he calls him we’d say it’s certainly amended. Check out our 5* review and see why!