“Can I please stop dieting and working out now”: Mark Ruffalo Was Miserable Up Until His Shirtless Scene in Avengers

Robert Downey Jr. jokingly poked fun at Mark Ruffalo for only doing the bare minimum in his MCU movies.

"Can I please stop dieting and working out now": Mark Ruffalo Was Miserable Up Until His Shirtless Scene in Avengers

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  • Mark Ruffalo detests working out and only does what is necessary for his roles in movies, particularly within the MCU.
  • Robert Downey Jr. teased Ruffalo for his reluctance to hit the gym in a recent Variety Actors on Actors conversation
  • Ruffalo's physical fitness hasn't been his strongest suit, especially when he was initially cast as the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Mark Ruffalo might just be the only superhero actor who detests working out and does only what is necessary for his roles in movies, particularly within the MCU. In a recent Variety Actors on Actors segment, the two old pals, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo, while discussing some of the memorable moments of their stellar careers, touched upon this topic.

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Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk in the MCU
Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk in the MCU

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Robert Downey Jr. Teased Mark Ruffalo for Doing the Bare Minimum in MCU Movies

Despite Mark Ruffalo‘s remarkable talents as an actor and performer, physical fitness hasn’t been his strongest suit. This aspect became evident when he was initially cast as the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent Variety Actors on Actors conversation, his longtime friend and co-star Robert Downey Jr. playfully teased the actor for his hatred of workouts, highlighting Ruffalo’s reluctance to hit the gym in a lighthearted manner during their chat. He said,

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” I just want to say this, too, because knowing you forever, on one of these “Avengers” movies, you take off your shirt, and you were in really good shape. And the director was like, “We got it.” You’re like, “Oh, can I please stop dieting and working out now?””

Mark Ruffalo during Variety's Actor on Actor interview. Source: Variety
Mark Ruffalo during Variety’s Actor on Actor interview. Credit: Variety

He then further continued, stating,

“There is no one I’ve ever come across who is more anxious to not be vain past the point where it is necessary to achieve an end for their work.It’s a huge compliment. But I’ve got to say, you look pretty bangable to me, in case you were wondering.”‘

The actor has time and again expressed his hate for working out, particularly during his time in the MCU films, putting him in a challenging position to maintain a physically fit shape.

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Mark Ruffalo Revealed the Truth Behind the Process of Transforming Into the Hulk on Screen

Further elaborating on what Robert Downey Jr. mentioned, the actor revealed what truly occurred behind the scenes to achieve his appearance on screen. He delved deep into the specifics of the regimen and techniques that contributed to his on-screen appearance, disclosing how he attained that particular look. He revealed,

“Thanks, man. Do you know I had an a– pad in? My legs were like four inches bigger. My calf was four [inches]. He really wanted the silhouette. I was wearing a corset with shoulder pads, so I was so squeezed in. It was even more extreme. He wanted me to look like a bird, so I had this whole built out chest piece that never made it because it was just too much. But the big a– pads, the leg pads, the thigh pads, the calf pads, those were all playing. So when you look at that and you’re like, “Wow, he looks great” — now you know, I was just wearing what the Avengers wear, but underneath my clothes.”

Robert Downey Jr. during Variety's Actor on Actor interview. Source: Variety
Robert Downey Jr. during Variety’s Actor on Actor interview. Credit: Variety

He hilariously revealed that despite his character not having a specific suit, he was not upset, as it was made up to him during his transformation, where an abundance of pads was strategically placed behind his clothes to create the illusion of a buff physique for the screen.

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