Mark Ruffalo Discusses the Avengers: Age of Ultron Cast Going to Comic-Con, Filming as Hulk for the Sequel, and More
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.27.2014
Does he think Hulk needs his own movie?
Collider recently interviewed actor Mark Ruffalo about Marvel's plans for Avengers: Age of Ultron at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Below are some highlights:
Ruffalo on the cast going to Comic-Con: "Yeah, we're gonna go out there. We're all flying, we're flying from London. We're working. We're shooting. We're gonna stop and get on a plane and go to Comic Con together. It's gonna be amazing. … There might be some cool new Hulk, Hulk-o, Hulk-o-phobia, Hulk-o-phernalia. Hulk-a-phernalia!"
Ruffalo on the script for the movie not being available when he was cast in the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk: "See, the problem with those movies is they don't have a script when they're casting you and that was really problematic for me. I made a promise to myself that I would never sign on to anything before there was a script, and I've been able to stay pretty true to that, but that was a particularly, you know, rare occasion. Joss [Whedon] reached out to me and I was thinking, ‘Me?' You know, ‘Why me?' And then Robert [Downey Jr.] reached out and they're like, ‘You know, let's do this,' and I [asked], ‘Well, is there a script?' ‘No, we don't have a script. We're not gonna give you anything. You have to just sign on.' I'm like, ‘Sign on to nine movies without knowing what the heck I'm gonna do?' And so I said, ‘Joss, you have to understand, I got into trouble once doing this. I made a promise to myself I would never sign on to something without having a script again. You understand where I'm coming [from?]' He's like, ‘I totally get it, man. What if I float you maybe 20 pages of what Banner's gonna be doing so you just get a sense of what it's gonna be?' And I said, ‘Would you please do that? I'd be so grateful to you and it would make this process a lot easier for everybody.' And so he did and I loved it. And, you know, it was basically Banner's introduction with Black Widow."
Ruffalo on being nervous about someone other than Joss Whedon writing The Hulk: "Well, now I'm signed on, but, you know, I know Joss, we've been talking about it already for a year. I know where he's going, I know who Banner is, so there's a nice continuity there. I'm a little nervous when someone else comes on and Joss isn't doing the writing and so I've made it to two movies now with him and so I have four more to go. I feel like who Banner is is established enough now that it's gonna be okay."
Ruffalo on if Hulk needs his own movie: "He might not. He's a tough nut to crack of all of them, I think. He's the one person who doesn't want to do the very thing that all of us are dying to see him do and he's the one person who doesn't want to be there, [laughs] and so it can get very maudlin, it could get very boring to watch the guy who's moping around who doesn't want to do the very thing that we're all dying to see him do. And so I think that's the tough part of cracking that nut. I think that's what's made it problematical in the past.
"But I do feel like we've gained some ground on this new version of him, which has – he's sort of turning to face himself, and I think the relationship between Banner and The Hulk as a conscious conflict, it could be really interesting. The one thing that I think The Hulk is terrified of is Banner, and that's never really been mined. And now with this new motion capture technology, we can do something really exciting with Hulk that we've never been able to do performance-wise that I am hoping when we're talking about doing a new version of this, that we're really talking about having a relationship between these two entities that is conscious of each other and in conflict with each other in a really cool, interesting way."
Ruffalo on the advancements of motion capture technology for Age of Ultron: "We were a little bit behind on the motion capture technology as far as facial recognition in real time. Now we have, when I put on my motion capture suit, I look in front of me and there's me as The Hulk. There's The Hulk. Every move I make, The Hulk's making it and so you have this immediate feedback like almost looking in a mirror, but instead of seeing myself, I see The Hulk … But they haven't come up to speed on the facial recognition that way. They can capture the facial – the new technology is we can shoot the body recognition and the facial recognition at the same time, so now you can integrate performance, physical performance with the actual face and voice, but by the time we're ready to probably – if we do another Hulk – that technology will be in real time and once that happens, there'd be no limit to what you can do creatively as far as your physical being is concerned. I can play a freakin' parasite in the ass of a worm [laughs].
It's so exciting. There's no limit to where we can go. I hope to be a pioneer in this space with Andy Serkis. I worked a lot with him on this. I'm very excited by what he's doing. We are retraining the studio to see this as integral a part as the first unit. This is not second or third unit or motion capture unit. This is first unit. This is performance. It's completely driven by the actor and it has to be honored as much as anything else, so that's kind of where we're heading with this technology and it's very exciting."