Anticipation is high for Joss Whedon's super hero mash up "The Avengers," but Incredible Hulk fans were only given a brief tease of the jolly green giant at the end of the trailer. Two unique versions of the gamma powered goliath have appeared onscreen, and geeks are getting curious about which version Mark Ruffalo will be playing. Will it be Ang Lee's much vilified take or the rebooted version starring Ed Norton? Ruffalo spent a little quality time with GPS recently and gave us the answers inquiring minds want to know!
Ruffalo won the role after negotiations with Norton went south, but according to the new Hulk, one man's loss is another man's gain. "Ed can eat a dick," Mark told us emphatically. "As a matter of fact I think he actually does in Death To Smoochy. Did you ever see that shit biscuit of a film? I'm ecstatic to be the latest and the greatest version of Bruce Banner!"
Norton the one eyed one horned flying purple penis eater in "Death To Smoochy"
We were happy that Ruffalo wasn't going to be pulling any punches during our conversation with him. As for which Hulk we'll be seeing this summer, the actor was happy to inform us that he's a huge fan of Ang Lee's version. "You might not know this, but I actually tried out for Heath Ledger's role in Brokeback. I'm a huge Ang Lee fan so I gotta go with his moody take.....plus I fucking loved HULK!" To better prepare for the role, Ruffalo has been hanging out with Lee and former Hulk co-star Nick Nolte so he can ascertain their memories of the material. But has it helped? "Lee is amazing. The guy gave me his old script for me to study, and he's really giving me great insights about the Greek tragedy super hero tale he tried to present to the woefully stupid audiences that didn't appreciate it. As for Nolte, we met for about twenty minutes, but he was drunk as a skunk. His breath smelled like Jack-Daniels mixed with rotten ass, and I couldn't understand a word of his gibberish."
Lee and Ruffalo study the 2003 Hulk script
Mark attempts to decipher the ass breath gibberish of Nolte
The trailer seemed to indicate that Loki will be the super villain that the Avengers will have to thwart, but Ruffalo claims otherwise. "It's the ole bait and switch trick," Mark said in a playful tone. "Let me just tell you that Loki is mauled to death by Ang Lee's Hulk dogs and the Avengers have to save the world from them! They've never been properly spayed or neutered so now there's thousands of mutated super poodles to deal with." When asked why he wanted to continue the character arc that Lee envisioned despite much fan contempt, Ruffalo wouldn't back down. "Fuck the fans......I'm Hulk.....I'm the ultimate Avenger here to avenge Ang Lee!"
fans may be pining for Loki to be the big bad.....
but fuck them.....Hulk dogs are back and breeding like wild!
It will be interesting to see if the fans can embrace a version of Hulk that has been much hated over the years, but we're confident that Ruffalo will be able to make them see Ang Lee's adaptation in a whole new light. GPS simply cannot wait for "The Avengers" to assemble in 2012.
I'm going to admit i didn't find Ang lee's Hulk all that bad. I think people just wanted more hulk smash than the movie had.ReplyDelete
Correct you are. I go a few steps further, but I agree. People didn't know wtf they just watched.ReplyDelete
Ang Lee's Hulk is badass.....plus you get Nolte in bat-shit crazy mode as a bonus.ReplyDelete
Krum, grant me victory, or if not, then the HULK with you!!ReplyDelete
Oh and I saw an interesting Michel Caine movie last week called The Man Who Would Be HULK:P
Love all the hulk satire on GPS. Cheers fellas.
@Marc......thanks buddy. I've never heard of that Caine flick. Going to have to investigate!ReplyDelete
Still need to see Ang's Hulk myself. My comic geek brother keeps telling me (along with the other 8 million people that saw it, present company excluded) how terrible it was, but I tell ya what - I saw Norton's version and it was pretty awful, if you ask me. Sure, the stuff in Rio was pretty cool, but it went to hell once he left, and the fights between the Hulk and the monsters from The League of Extraordinary Gentleman were too much to bear.ReplyDelete
@Dylan.......Phobos and I are in the minority that love it. He actually made a pretty intelligent film about people who are in damaged relationships. Probably not the best venue to explore in something like HULK. I loved it then, and still do. Plus he fights HULK dogs....awesome.ReplyDelete
We also like the Norton one, but I can see the League of Extraordinary Gentleman reference. Come on, though, you have to admit the part where Tim Roth runs up to Hulk and stares him in the face before getting pummeled was cool.ReplyDelete
Yes, I need more Hulk dogs in my life. I wondered what was missing...I will wonder no longer.ReplyDelete
Phobos - No...no, I don't. LXG is ALLLLLL I could think of during that flick's final battle, and that ain't a good thing. I just didn't care about either of those behemoths.
I meant before Roth transformed. If you're looking for a reason to care, definitely watch Ang Lee's.ReplyDelete