Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo Hint They Were Tired of Playing Iron Man and Hulk For Over a Decade

Mark Ruffalo Hinted Their Exhaustion From Playing Superheroes

Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo Hint They Were Tired of Playing Iron Man and Hulk For Over a Decade

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  • Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo played the roles of Iron Man and Hulk for 11 years in the MCU.
  • Both actors discussed their exhaustion from playing their MCU roles in the recent interview with Variety's Actor on Actors series.
  • Ruffalo praised his co-star and his versatility as an actor, but also mentioned feeling scared and tired of his own brand.
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Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo are two of the biggest names in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it comes to leaving an indelible mark in the minds of the viewers. Their respective portrayals of Tony Stark/ Iron and Bruce Banner/ The Hulk have been loved by the fans and over the years have several iconic moments that have added to their popularity and massive fanbase.

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Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in Avengers: Infinity War
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in Avengers: Infinity War

However, the much-adored characters were not the same in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame as Robert Downey Jr. made his exit from the franchise, and the Hulk that fans have grown up watching was friendly and nice to everyone. Now, in a recent segment of Variety’s Actors on Actors, they hinted at how the two actors were tired of reprising their superhero roles for over a decade.

Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo Hint Their Exhaustion From Playing Their MCU Roles

Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo played the roles of Iron Man and Hulk for 11 years, and shared the screen during the four Avengers films, which were a huge success at the worldwide box office.

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

However, in a recent segment of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, both actors were brought together where they talked about a plethora of stuff including their fatigue of playing their superhero roles in the MCU. During the interview, the Dolittle actor praised his co-star and how versatile he was as an actor, but how did he feel during the whole arc? Mark Ruffalo answered,

It did scare the sh*t out of me, and I did say well, you know, this isn’t the kind of guy I play. You know, I had all that, I’m embarrassed to say and Sunny my wife, Sunrise was like ‘You have to do this’ and everyone was like you have to do it just like you have to do it. But you really have to get outside of your comfort zone, and you also start to doubt yourself like were saying, you know, you hit 55 and you’re kind of like, maybe it’s as good as I’ll get, maybe I’m on the downward slide of this thing.”

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

The Dark Waters actor added, “And I also at that time was like really kind of tired of my brand or you know, whatever people you put on yourself.” Robert Downey Jr. added to Ruffalo’s point on how it is not fine when people say that they must do it because others get tired of it.

“You know, and isn’t it funny when our wives with flat out say just don’t worry everyone else is tired of it too, that’s why, you need to do this.”

Their comments hint how they have shared their exhaustion from playing their MCU roles, but their love stopped them from quitting the role because they were a part of an integral unit in the MCU and millions of fans looked up to for their iconic portrayal of Iron Man and The Hulk.

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Robert Downey Jr. Feels His Troubled Past Aided in His Success as Iron Man in MCU

The Oppenheimer actor is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, as he has played several iconic roles in his career, including his role as Tony Stark/ Iron in the MCU. However, in the late 90s and early 2000s, he was drowned in addiction and a series of legal troubles. As a result, many people believed, he had hit rock bottom, until he returned in MCU’s 2008, Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. turned his life around, and during an interview with Vanity Fair, he was asked about how much resembled his role, to which he answered.

I ain’t him, I’ll tell you that flat out. There’s always a bit of a burn-off period when they run out of call sheets for me in any of these movies, and I go back to being a little bit more of just…I’m just a f**king actor. I’m just a guy—who does have a very interesting past, who does not regret it, who wished to shut the door on it. I think that that translates.”

The actor’s role not only aided in reviving his career but also in portraying a character that has become synonymous with his name and arguably bigger than the whole franchise.

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Avengers: Endgame can be streamed on Disney+.

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Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.