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Mark Ruffalo Tells SpeakEaasy About The Avengers Deeper Meaning

11 January 2012 Leave a comment

JANUARY 3, 2011

‘The Avengers’ Has a Deeper Meaning. Just Ask the Hulk

By Barbara Chai

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Mark Ruffalo says the coming film, “The Avengers,” is an allegory for Americans.

“You have all these disparate egos, superheroes in this and that, and they refuse to give up some of their positions in order to make a more perfect union and to join the team,” Ruffalo says.

“That’s really what the whole movie is about: subjugating your own best interest momentarily to further that of the whole,” he says.

As Ruffalo sees it, the film’s message speaks to the times. “I didn’t know it a year ago that it was going to speak to so many of the issues we’re having here in the United States and throughout the world, the same kind of theme,” he says. The actor has been an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement and the campaign against hydraulic fracturing.

Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner and the Hulk in “The Avengers,” a 3-D film by Joss Whedon about a group of superheroes who band together to save the planet. The Marvel Studios film will be released by Walt Disney Co. in May.

“These movies reach a lot of people, they’re our modern mythology,” Ruffalo says. He followed comic book superheroes as a kid. “I think a lot of the beliefs I have and cherish were fostered by the decency of our superheroes, and what they were about and what they were fighting for.”

Joe Wos, the executive director of the ToonSeum, a museum of comic and cartoon art in Pittsburgh, agrees that comics are a mythology for the modern age. “I do imagine people studying comics the same way we study Greek gods,” Wos says. “That’s one of the things about Hulk – he is human. He is one of us, an ordinary man put into extraordinary circumstances.”

Ruffalo, who watched every episode of the Hulk television series as a kid, said when he learned he got the role in “The Avengers,” he bought a boxed set of the series for himself and his 10-year-old son. “He was completely addicted. He totally got it,” Ruffalo says. “After the first episode he turned to me and said, “Papa, he’s so misunderstood!’”

Original Interview at SpeakEasy

Charity Auction to Attend US Premiere of The Avengers and Meet Mark Ruffalo

21 December 2011 Leave a comment

Bid on this auction and you could win tickets for you and a friend to attend the US Premiere of The Avengers and meet Mark Ruffalo.  All proceeds of the auction will go to Water Defense, a charity founded by Mark, that campaigns against fuel drilling that is causing water contamination. The auction ends at 10am PST on the 22 December 2011.  You can bid on the auction at eBay and find out more about the charity at www.waterdefence.org

Biography: Mark Ruffalo

8 December 2011 Leave a comment

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin to parents Marie, a hairdresser and stylist and Lawrence, a construction painter, but spent his time as a teenager in Virginia Beach where he attended and graduated from First Colonial High School before moving to California. Here he attended the Stella Adler Conservatory and co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company where he wore every hat including writing, directing and starring in a number of plays while earning a living as a bartender.

It was a chance meeting and subsequent collaboration with Kenneth Lonnergan that finally got Mark his break starring  in Lonnergan’s play, This Is Our Youth in 1998 and going on to receive great acclaim for his leading role in Lonnergan’s film, You Can Count on Me, in 2000.  Since then Mark has continued to work appearing in films such as Date Night and The Kids Are All Right for which he won several awards including Oscar and BAFTA nominations, before taking over the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk from Ed Norton for the forthcoming The Avengers.

Mark continues to work in theatre and is a member of a small theatre company in L.A. where continues to direct and perform between big screen gigs.

Sources MRuffalo. com and IMDB

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The Avengers “dis-assembled” with Entertainment Weekly

8 October 2011 Leave a comment

‘The Avengers’ dis-assembled! EXCLUSIVE cast portraits revealed

The whole fun

of The Avengers is seeing these characters joined together as one fighting force, but for now Marvel Studios has unveiled solo portraits of the six superheroes.

Read more about the May 4, 2012, movie in this week’s issue of EW, on stands tomorrow. But in the meantime, here’s a little online exclusive with the actors discussing their high-powered alter-egos and working

with writer-director Joss Whedon (the geek demi-god who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.)

BLACK WIDOW: “The other day we were doing this big reveal shot of all the Avengers. Thor has got his hammer, Cap’s got his shield, Hawkeye has his bow and arrow, and Hulk is huge. Then it pans over to me and I’ve got guns. Iron Man’s like, hovering above all of us, ready to go,” says Scarlett Johansson. “I was like, ‘Joss… um… do I look okay holding these guns?’” Whedon’s response reassured her: “She’s a total badass. She’s a killing machine.”

IRON MAN: What were Robert Downey Jr.’s first meetings like with Whedon when the script was being developed? “Well, I said, ‘I need to be in the opening sequence. I don’t know what you’re thinking, but Tony needs to drive this thing.’ He was like, ‘Okay, let’s try that.’ We tried it and it didn’t work, because this is a different sort of thing, the story and the idea and the theme is the theme, and everybody is just an arm of the octopus. But what was I like?” He laughs. “As usual, just f—ing aggressive and hurtful; whatever. The usual.”

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Chris Evans says the Steve Rogers we see in The Avengers is a much darker, more cynical version after awakening for the first time since World War II. “It’s just about him trying to come to terms with the modern world. You’ve got to imagine, it’s enough of a shock to accept the fact that you’re in a completely different time, but everybody you know is dead. Everybody you cared about,” Evans says. “He was a soldier, obviously, everybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms, they’re all dead. He’s just lonely. I think in the beginning it’s a fish out of water scene, and it’s tough. It’s a tough pill for him to swallow. Then comes trying to find a balance with the modern world.”

THE INCREDIBLE HULK:  Mark Ruffalo says his Bruce Banner really wants to join The Avengers, but because of his past and the group’s sort of overall fear of him, he’s the outcast among outcasts. “He’s the most mild-mannered guy, but a total loose cannon. No one wants to set him off except for Iron Man, except for Downey, who just wants to see him pop,” Ruffalo laughs. “It’s funny, there’s a really cool dynamic between Tony Stark and Banner. Banner actually enjoys it, and finds it really refreshing. They’re a lot alike in a strange way. They’re both these kind of scientists who are mavericks, kind of renegades. Banner, for all his mild-mannered mythology, he’s still the dude who was testing some pretty crazy s–t on himself, so he has that rebel streak in him.”

THOR: Chris Hemsworth says his hammer-pounding god is not just once again fighting Loki, his villainous brother from Asgard, but also secretly trying to protect him. “I think [Thor’s] motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it’s his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down. It’s a different approach for me, or for Thor. He’s constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do vs. … it’s his little brother there,” the actor says. “I’ve been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but I’m the only one who is allowed to be angry at them. There’s a bit of that.”

HAWKEYE: Like Black Widow, he’s one of the only regular humans in The Avengers, which gives him a working-class-superhero pride. “The only sort of thing I cling to is the relationship of past experiences with Scarlett’s character, with them both being human. I can cling to that,” says Jeremy Renner. But there’s no insecurity. “Quite the opposite,” the actor says. “He’s the only one who can really take down The Hulk with his tranq tip arrows. He knows his limitations. But when it comes down to it, there has to be a sense of confidence in any superhero.”

Original Interview at Entertaiment Weekly

Collider Interview Mark Ruffalo

11 April 2011 Leave a comment

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo on The Avengers:

Question: What do you have to do to get ready for The Avengers?

MARK RUFFALO: We have to get the script. We’ve been working on the script, which has been fun. I’ve lost 15 pounds. They don’t want me all ripped up, but they want me to be lean and mean. It’s about trying to get the psychology of somebody who knows, at any moment, they could literally tear the roof off of wherever they are and trying to bring something real to that and totally fantastic. I’ve been working with Joss Whedon on the script, with the rest of the cast, and we start rehearsals soon. Hopefully, we’ll have the mother of all comic book movies for you soon.

When will you start shooting?

RUFFALO: In the first week of May.

Does being the third actor in 10 years to play The Hulk give you any kind of pause?

RUFFALO: Yeah, are you kidding me? I’ve got some big shoes to fill. I kind of look at it as my generation’s Hamlet. We’re all going to get a shot at it.

Original Interview at: Collider

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