Mark Ruffalo Says He Initially Didn’t Want to Replace Ed Norton, Suggested Joaquin Phoenix as Hulk When Kevin Feige Offered Him the Role

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Amongst all the heroes from Marvel Comics, Hulk is one of the more popular ones. Originally just a scientist, Bruce Banner goes through a horrible accident that exposes him to Gamma rays, making him the angry giant, Hulk.

Mark Ruffalo's Hulk
Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in Marvel’s Avengers.

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The Green Brute has most famously been portrayed by Mark Ruffalo, with Edward Norton and Eric Bana also giving interesting takes on the complicated character. Despite all the great actors playing the character, Marvel still doesn’t have a definite movie.


Edward Norton was fired from being Hulk?

Previously known as a Hollywood heavyweight, Edward Norton has starred in some great films including Fight Club, American History X, Birdman, and many more. But the actor is also famous for being difficult to work with, leading to bad blood in the industry and starring in fewer movies.

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Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in Ang Lee’s The Incredible Hulk.

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The actor faced similar issues while starring in MCU’s The Incredible Hulk as the titular character. He was reported to have many altercations with Marvel’s Kevin Feige over the final cut of his film, leading to him getting fired. Although he has denied the rumors, it’s one of the more popular theories out there.

Mark Ruffalo goes all green

After Edward Norton was fired, Mark Ruffalo was offered to play the Hulk/Bruce Banner. Despite the great opportunity, the actor was reluctant to join and suggested many other actors as better suited for the role.

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Some of the actors he recommended included Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn, and many more. He commented on the same in an interview with BBC Radio 1:

“I tried to talk him out of the part and let you know Joaquin is available now sean penn’s available you know there’s a lot better people for this part than me…”

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Mark Ruffalo alongside Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk in the series.

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Since his casting as Hulk/Bruce Banner, Mark Ruffalo has gone on to star in many other installments of MCU films but hasn’t been in a standalone movie of his character. The actor last portrayed Hulk in Jessica Gao’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law as a supporting character.


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Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.