Mark Ruffalo ‘astonished’ by real-life story behind Dark Waters

Mark Ruffalo was determined to make a movie about the DuPont chemical scandal after reading an “astonishing” article. In Dark Waters, the Avengers actor stars as real-life environmental lawyer Robert Bilott, who agrees to represent a farmer who claims …

Mark Ruffalo was determined to make a movie about the DuPont chemical scandal after reading an “astonishing” article.

In Dark Waters, the Avengers actor stars as real-life environmental lawyer Robert Bilott, who agrees to represent a farmer who claims a nearby landfill site ran by chemical company DuPont is contaminating the water on his farm, but eventually discovers the effects of the toxic substances has a much wider-ranging impact.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton, Ruffalo explained that he read the 2016 New York Times Magazine article, The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, and was determined to make a film about it because he wanted more people to know about the scandal.

“I read an article in the New York Times Magazine and the breadth and the depth of the deception were so astonishing to me and the fact I was reading about it in a supplement instead of the headline of every single major newspaper in the world, I thought, ‘This has got to be a movie and people have got to know what’s happened,” he explained.

While preparing for the film, Ruffalo, who also serves as a producer, met with Bilott, who worked on the case for many years, to the detriment of his health and finances.

“He is the most beautiful, heroic and generous guy who did great service for all of us,” the 52-year-old praised.

Elsewhere in the interview, Ruffalo was asked if last year’s Avengers: Endgame was his last appearance as The Hulk, and he vaguely replied, “I don’t know… Who knows really? It is supposed to be over and that was supposed to be the end.”

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Mark Ruffalo had to force-feed himself to gain weight for TV show

Mark Ruffalo had to force feed himself in order to gain 30 pounds (13 kilograms) for his new HBO show, I Know This Much Is True.The actor plays the dual role of twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in the upcoming drama series, which is based on the novel…

Mark Ruffalo had to force feed himself in order to gain 30 pounds (13 kilograms) for his new HBO show, I Know This Much Is True.

The actor plays the dual role of twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in the upcoming drama series, which is based on the novel of the same name by author Wally Lamb.

It follows the brothers at different stages in their lives as they deal with the problems stemming from Thomas’s struggle with paranoid schizophrenia, and Dominick’s grief over the death of his child.

Ruffalo was tasked with gaining weight for the role of Thomas to portray the side effects of the “stabilisers and antipsychotics” he has to take in order to control his condition, and the Avengers: Endgame star has now claimed putting on the extra pounds was a lonely existence.

“When you’re force-feeding yourself, some of the romance of food leaves,” he said during an appearance at an event for the Television Critics’ Association. “Those five weeks were kind of lonely, I’d been away from my family and (Thomas) hears voices, and I was imagining that life and there was a couple weeks where I was just staying by myself, going down into the heart of this mental illness and studying it.”

And the Ruffalo felt a lot of pressure when taking on both roles, and confessed he was afraid to try and depict Thomas’s mental illness.

“I was really afraid to play it, I think it’s a really an important issue and I want to tell it as honestly as possible, the responsibility of playing it was really apparent to me,” the 52-year-old explained.

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Gwyneth Paltrow slams critics of her controversial candle

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month. The candle, which features notes of geraniu…

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.

The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month.

The candle, which features notes of geranium, bergamot, cedar, Damask rose and ambrette seed, has completely sold out online, and curious customers have signed up to a waiting list to be first in line to get their hands on one.

But while Gwyneth’s latest candle has been the subject of jokes and memes on social media, she has now fired back at critics of her new venture and insisted that she simply wants women to be empowered to talk about sex.

“You saw the vaginas? It’s on everyone’s mind,” she told the audience at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, according to Footwear News. “It never ceases to amaze me the amount of outrage that it will inspire in people on just women wanting to talk about their sexuality on any level.”

However, Oscar-winning star Gwyneth is happy to take the criticism, so long as she’s still able to make her voice heard.

“I would like to help dispel this idea that women should be kept down or can’t talk about what they want to, what they desire, and that women can be… intelligent and maternal and powerful and sexual all at the same time because we are.

“That I like. I don’t mind being punk rock in that way,” the mother-of-two laughed.

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Florence Pugh loved working with ‘magical’ Scarlett Johansson on Black Widow

Florence Pugh loved every second of working with “magical” Scarlett Johansson on the Black Widow spin-off movie.The 23-year-old British actress plays spy Yelena Belova in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, which also stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz….

Florence Pugh loved every second of working with “magical” Scarlett Johansson on the Black Widow spin-off movie.

The 23-year-old British actress plays spy Yelena Belova in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, which also stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

She opened up about the role in a Variety’s Actors on Actors chat with fellow actress, Beanie Feldstein.

“It was the most bizarre, nuts, extravaganza experience,” Florence shared. “I mean, the fact that I got to do a film with Scarlett was really magical. And the most beautiful and warm director, Cate Shortland, made it a unique and special experience.”

Marvel fans will have already seen Natasha Romanoff and her alter-ego Black Widow come to an untimely demise in Avengers: Endgame, which sees her sacrifice herself in an effort to save the world.

Florence is excited to see the reaction the spin-off movie receives when it’s released next year, and she told Beanie that the film will surprise audiences.

“I think we’ve made something very raw and very painful and very beautiful. I think people are going to be really surprised by the outcome of a big action film and it having that much heart,” she gushed. “It was special learning from Scarlett. And I know lots of people will obviously be emotional about her, because her character had such a horrid ending.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Florence sweetly revealed that she and her Little Women co-stars Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen would have sleepovers with Emma Watson while filming the period drama.

“I got to be best friends with the coolest girls,” she said. “Saoirse, Eliza and I were all living in a mews, and Emma was just down the road, and we’d do dinners and sleepovers and all that.”

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Katherine Langford: ‘Cutting my scenes from Avengers: Endgame made sense’

Katherine Langford has no issue with her scenes in Avengers: Endgame ending up on the cutting room floor because she can still treasure the memory of working with Robert Downey Jr..The 13 Reasons Why star was recruited to portray Iron Man/Tony Stark’s …

Katherine Langford has no issue with her scenes in Avengers: Endgame ending up on the cutting room floor because she can still treasure the memory of working with Robert Downey Jr..

The 13 Reasons Why star was recruited to portray Iron Man/Tony Stark’s grown-up daughter Morgan in the 2019 movie, but when the film hit theatres in April, she was nowhere to be seen.

Opening up about being cut from the highest-grossing film of all time, the Australian actress said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that the decision made sense and doesn’t take away from her “amazing” experience on set.

“I’m such a huge fan of the Marvel films and the Russo brothers so when Marvel reached out to me to play Iron Man’s daughter that was such an honour,” she said. “Ultimately it didn’t make it into the film and creatively that makes sense and that’s totally fine. I was just content with having the memory in my head. To play with Robert Downey Jr on the last scene he was Iron Man, on the last day that he was Iron Man, that was just amazing… He was amazing, it’s the biggest franchise in the world and it was the biggest set I’d ever walked on to. He was just so cool and so elegant.”

The 23-year-old is thrilled that Disney bosses put their deleted scene on the Disney+ streaming service because fans demanded to see it.

“That’s what I was told, it was out because people wanted to see it,” Katherine added. “Which is just really cool.”

Avengers: Endgame director Joe and Anthony Russo previously explained that the scene, in which Tony and a now-teenage Morgan briefly reconnect in the Soul World after he dies, got cut because test audiences found it too confusing and “we didn’t feel an emotional association with the adult version of his daughter.”

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Scarlett Johansson regrets crimped hairstyle at 2004 Tony Awards

Scarlett Johansson regrets attending the 2004 Tony Awards with a crimped hairstyle.The Avengers: Endgame actress opened up to People about her biggest beauty disaster, and revealed that it was back in 2004 when she attended the Tony Awards. Scarlett we…

Scarlett Johansson regrets attending the 2004 Tony Awards with a crimped hairstyle.

The Avengers: Endgame actress opened up to People about her biggest beauty disaster, and revealed that it was back in 2004 when she attended the Tony Awards.

Scarlett went on to explain that she had asked to look like one of her acting heroes and instead ended up rocking an out-of-date crimped hairstyle as she hit the red carpet wearing a fitted, floor-length black gown.

“There was a year that I went to the Tony Awards – I must have been 19 or 20. I wanted a hairstyle that looked like Jean Harlow’s. It looked like a crimping iron,” the 34-year-old stated. “Basically, a crimping iron was taking a stand on my head.”

“Yeah, it was electrical socket crazy,” Scarlett joked, before adding that her hair fail now “lives on the interweb forever.”

Scarlett is no stranger to experimenting with her hair and has dyed her tresses a fiery red, blonde, brunette and changed up her styles with long flowing locks to short pixie cuts over the years.

“The best thing about hair colour is that it’s only temporary,” she told InStyle magazine in 2017, before explaining that she’s mainly switched up her hair because of a movie role.

The mother-of-one rocked red hair to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and the subsequent Avengers movies, while she chopped off her hair to star in upcoming Noah Baumbach-directed Netflix film, Marriage Story.

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Chris Evans reluctant to play Captain America again

Chris Evans has reservations about reprising the role of Captain America again. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers returns from a time-travelling mission as an old man, revealing that he went back to the past to enjoy life with his beloved …

Chris Evans has reservations about reprising the role of Captain America again.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers returns from a time-travelling mission as an old man, revealing that he went back to the past to enjoy life with his beloved Peggy Carter before passing on his shield to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, effectively making him the new Captain America.

When asked by his Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson if he would ever return to the role during their interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, he vaguely replied: “Never say never.”

When pressed for a more definitive answer, the 38-year-old admitted that he would be hesitant to jump back into the role and ruin the bittersweet conclusion of his character’s storyline.

“It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either,” Evans said. “There are other things that I’m working on right now. I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab. It can’t be just because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together.”

Johansson, who played Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in the Avengers films, added that Captain America deserved his “beautiful cathartic ending” and Evans replied, “It’d be a shame to sour that… I’m very protective of it. It was such a precious time and jumping onto the movie was a terrifying prospect to me. I said no a bunch of times, and there’s a million and one ways it could have gone wrong. It almost feels like maybe we should let this one sit.”

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Elizabeth Olsen struggles to be confident in feminine clothing

Elizabeth Olsen is trying to become more confident about expressing her femininity with fashion.In an interview with InStyle, the 30-year-old candidly shared that she was trying to overcome her aversion to typically female clothes, which can make her f…

Elizabeth Olsen is trying to become more confident about expressing her femininity with fashion.

In an interview with InStyle, the 30-year-old candidly shared that she was trying to overcome her aversion to typically female clothes, which can make her feel uncomfortable.

“Dresses make me feel a bit funny. I’m trying to get more confident with my feminine side. I just like everything to feel really easy and comfortable. Nothing fussy. I don’t like body-conscious clothing,” Elizabeth shared, adding that she describes her style as masculine and oversize.

“I feel very comfortable, but I don’t look sloppy. I look like I have a point of view and an opinion,” the Avengers: Endgame star stated.

Her perfect outfit is “oversize black cotton pants, a black button-up, and flats”, which is very similar to the style of her older sisters’ Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion line, The Row.

The twins launched their label in 2006 and debuted their menswear collection last year. Their pieces focus on chic tailoring, denim and knits.

Elsewhere in the interview, the actress discussed recently turning 30 and explained what she had learned as she gets older.

“I think I was always trying to distract myself from being still,” Elizabeth reflected. “I feel like I cared about self-improvement in high school and then, in college, I was trying to get too many things done and not being as present as I think I could have been.”

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Rachel Weisz felt ‘liberated’ working with female director on Black Widow

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is als…

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.

The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is also one of the studio’s first to be directed by a woman, and Rachel found working alongside Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland an eye-opening experience.

“There is something that happens in a scene when a woman is across from another woman,” she told T Magazine’s 2019 The Greats issue of working on the film. “It sounds really pompous, but you are free from the history of ownership – I really mean that. It’s liberating.”

While the studio is renowned for its impressive blockbuster flicks – including Avengers: Endgame, which recently became the highest-grossing movie of all time – Rachel confessed she was surprised by the passion and integrity of those involved behind the scenes.

“It doesn’t feel Hollywood to me, big budget – it feels like the people there are the stewards and guardians of this storytelling they care about,” the 49-year-old considered.

Filming has wrapped on the movie, which is currently in post-production, and Scarlett told Entertainment Tonight she can’t wait for fans to see the finished cut, enthusing: “I love it. I’m so proud of what we made. Now we get to sprinkle the magic all over it. Get it ready for audiences.”

Black Widow is slated to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Brie Larson and Marvel women have pitched all-female movie to Kevin Feige

Brie Larson and her female Marvel co-stars have joined forces to pitch an all-women movie to Kevin Feige.The Oscar-winning actress played Captain Marvel in her own standalone movie, which was released earlier this year, and appeared in an empowering ba…

Brie Larson and her female Marvel co-stars have joined forces to pitch an all-women movie to Kevin Feige.

The Oscar-winning actress played Captain Marvel in her own standalone movie, which was released earlier this year, and appeared in an empowering battle scene during Avengers: Endgame.

Cinemagoers were blown away when the extraterrestrial warrior united with fellow female superheroes including Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Evangeline Lilly as Wasp, as they protected Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in a battle scene.

And in a new interview with Variety, Larson revealed that she and her co-stars have had talks with Marvel boss Feige about making their dream of an all-female movie a reality.

“I will say that a lot of the female cast members from Marvel walked up to Kevin and we were like, ‘We are in this together, we want to do this.’ What that means, I have no idea,” she explained. “You know, I’m not in charge of the future of Marvel, but it is something that we’re really passionate about and we love and I feel like if enough people out in the world talk about how much they want it, maybe it’ll happen.”

According to editors at Variety, Feige has previously expressed an interest in an all-women Marvel film but has instead pressed forward with standalone films concentrating on one female hero, such as Captain Marvel and Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming Black Widow spin-off, which will be released next year.

Larson later reflected on filming the Avengers: Endgame scene alongside her female co-stars, and said it felt like being part of a “coven”.

“It was just a great day. To get to be with all of those women for the day… it felt like we were a part of this like coven working together for this goal,” the 30-year-old smiled. “So, we get so excited and feel so much energy when you get to be around your peers and share stories.”

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