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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Mark Ruffalo confirms meeting with Kevin Feige over possible Hulk movies

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster…

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.

The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.

Despite starring in all four of the blockbuster movies alongside a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and a comedic appearance in Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth, the Hulk has yet to get his own standalone movie with Ruffalo as leading man.

However, the 52-year-old has teased an upcoming meeting with the Marvel Studios boss to discuss the future of the beloved green hero.

“Kevin Feige just asked me last week if I had any more ideas or stories for the Hulk. And I said, ‘Yeah, I think there’s still some stories to tell,'” he said during a recent panel at Tokyo Comic-Con.

“And (Feige) said, ‘Well why don’t you come in and tell me about them and we’ll see if we can find a place for you in the Marvel universe?’ Hulk vs. Wolverine. I’d like to see that,” Ruffalo added, to wild applause from the audience.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Feige hinted at the introduction of the Fantastic Four and Professor Xavier’s mutants, the X-Men, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Fans have since speculated that a younger actor could be brought in to replace Hugh Jackman, who retired from playing Wolverine following 2017’s Logan, after 17 years of playing the metal-clawed superhero.

The last standalone Hulk film was Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, which starred Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner, alongside Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

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Edward Norton wanted The Incredible Hulk to be ‘dark and serious’

Edward Norton wished that The Incredible Hulk was as “dark and serious” as Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.The three-time Oscar nominee played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego in the 2008 Marvel movie, which also starred Liv Tyler, …

Edward Norton wished that The Incredible Hulk was as “dark and serious” as Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.

The three-time Oscar nominee played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego in the 2008 Marvel movie, which also starred Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

It made a massive $263 million (£214 million) at the global box office, but a sequel was scrapped, and Mark Ruffalo was announced as Norton’s replacement in the 2012 superhero blockbuster, Avengers.

In a new interview with The New York Times, the 50-year-old explained that he had originally pitched two dark Hulk movies – in a similar vein to Nolan’s Batman trilogy – to Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

“What Chris Nolan had done with Batman was going down a path that I aligned with: long, dark and serious. If there was ever a thing that I thought had that in it, it was the Hulk. It’s literally the Promethean myth. I laid out a two-film thing: The origin and then the idea of Hulk as the conscious dreamer, the guy who can handle the trip. And they were like, ‘That’s what we want!'” Norton shared.

“As it turned out, that wasn’t what they wanted. But I had a great time doing it. I got on great with Kevin Feige.”

However, their relationship has been rocky, and back in 2010, Feige released a scathing statement, explaining why Norton had been sacked from the role and noting that Marvel would prefer an actor “who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented castmembers.”

In the new interview, the Fight Club star called Feige’s statement “cheap” and admitted he wouldn’t have been prepared to commit years to the franchise.

“We had positive discussions about going on with the films, and we looked at the amount of time that would’ve taken, and I wasn’t going to do that,” he shared, before adding that he would’ve “wanted more money than they’d have wanted to pay me.”

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Jon Watts in talks to direct third Spider-Man movie

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie. In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-shar…

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie.

In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, meaning that the web-slinging hero could no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

However, on Friday, they jointly announced that they had reached a new agreement so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was back on and they would produce a third standalone film together, set for release in July 2021.

Shortly after the agreement was announced, editors at Deadline reported that Watts was in negotiations to return as director and insisted his deal will be “wrapped soon”. According to the publication, Sony and Disney turned their attention to rehiring Watts as soon as their agreement was hammered out, as his return wasn’t set in stone at the time of their separation in August.

Getting Watts back in the director’s chair isn’t surprising given his success with the previous two instalments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $880 million (£715 million) worldwide following its release in 2017, while its follow-up Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film ever with takings of $1.13 billion (£918 million) earlier this year.

As part of their announcement, Sony and Disney bosses confirmed that Spider-Man, currently played by Tom Holland, would appear in a “future Marvel Studios film”.

Holland celebrated the news by sharing a clip from 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character repeatedly yells “I’m not leaving” to a crowd of co-workers. His co-star Zendaya commented with the crying with laughter emojis, while his Avengers castmate Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Had a feeling we would see you again.”

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Chris Pine to play Walter Cronkite in Newsflash

Chris Pine has been attached to play TV news legend Walter Cronkite in a film about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.Titled Newsflash, the movie will chronicle how Cronkite broke the news of Kennedy’s murder to the nation in 1963. Mark Ruffalo…

Chris Pine has been attached to play TV news legend Walter Cronkite in a film about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Titled Newsflash, the movie will chronicle how Cronkite broke the news of Kennedy’s murder to the nation in 1963. Mark Ruffalo is attached to play Don Hewitt, who was Cronkite’s producer.

Pine will take over the role from Seth Rogen, who was briefly attached to the part.

Previously, director David Gordon Green was linked to helm the project, but he later pulled out to take charge of the Halloween sequels after he successfully brought the Jamie Lee Curtis horror movie back to the big screen last year.

The filmmaker is also in negotiations to make a movie about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Newsflash, scripted by Ben Jacoby-scripted, will delve into the events that occurred on 22 November 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

According to editors at Deadline, the narrative will unfold in real-time as Cronkite and his producer try to sift through the chaos and accurately report one of the biggest news stories in history.

Greg Silverman’s Stampede is producing with Adam Kolbrenner, with a search for a new director currently underway.

It’s not known why Rogen left the Newsflash, but the actor is no stranger to playing real-life characters, as he portrayed Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, alongside Michael Fassbender.

Pine, 38, has recently starred in Netflix’s historical drama Outlaw King, and will reprise his role as Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot for the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman 1984.

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Avengers: Endgame passes Avatar to become biggest film of all time

Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar’s $2.7…

Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar’s $2.78 billion global box office mark over the weekend, ending the James Cameron-directed movie’s nine-year reign.

“Thanks to you, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all-time,” Feige told fans in Comic-Con’s fabled Hall H.

While Avengers: Endgame co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo took to Twitter to share a similar sentiment.

“To the greatest fans in the universe, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you…,” they commented.

Avengers: Endgame, featuring an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Brie Larson, follows the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies as they attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos, as played by Josh Brolin, in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

The blockbuster has passed Avatar’s record in just 13 weeks, and in a statement, Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of Marvel’s parent company, The Walt Disney Studios, praised the cast and crew for their achievements.

“A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights,” he commented. “Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience. The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and (Avatar’s setting) Pandora.”

Bosses at Disney are also celebrating another record-breaking weekend in North America, as The Lion King has roared to the top of the box office to become the biggest July opening of all time.

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Mark Ruffalo: ‘Playing Hulk has been the trip of a lifetime’

Mark Ruffalo bid an emotional farewell to his Avengers alter ego at the world premiere of final flick Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles.Mark was joined on stage by the majority of his A-list co-stars on Monday night (22Apr19) at the LA Convention Center…

Mark Ruffalo bid an emotional farewell to his Avengers alter ego at the world premiere of final flick Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles.

Mark was joined on stage by the majority of his A-list co-stars on Monday night (22Apr19) at the LA Convention Center, including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth.

Talking after the credits rolled, Ruffalo, who has played The Hulk since 2012’s Avengers, told the audience how important the last seven years have been for him.

“It’s been an amazing ride and so moving, I love all of you guys so much. It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and what you did up there tonight was so beautiful. My brother and sister Avengers, I love you so much,” he gushed, according to Variety.

Captain America actor Evans echoed his sentiments, stating: “I have a lot of my friends and family here tonight, and a lot of them are right up here. We have this bond that transcends what we do for a living… I cried like six times (tonight).”

Notable absences from the star-studded premiere were British stars Tom Holland and Tom Hiddleston, who play Spider-Man and Loki receptively, who both had work commitments elsewhere; Holland is filming new film Chaos Walking in Atlanta, while Hiddleston is treading the boards in his native London in play Betrayal.

However, fans were excited by the presence of Natalie Portman, and have speculated she’s making her return as genius scientist Jane Foster, after last being seen in Thor: The Dark World in 2013.

Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas around the world from Wednesday.

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Avengers: Endgame directors plead for fans’ help after footage leaks online

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo are urging fans who catch early screenings to keep spoilers under wraps.The filmmaking brothers are gearing up to release the feature, based on the superhero team depicted in Marvel Comics, around the w…

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo are urging fans who catch early screenings to keep spoilers under wraps.

The filmmaking brothers are gearing up to release the feature, based on the superhero team depicted in Marvel Comics, around the world from 24 April (19).

However, after some footage from the movie leaked online earlier this week, Anthony and Joe have taken to Twitter to share a letter in which they beg viewers to keep details under wraps until the final instalment of the Avengers series officially opens in cinemas.

“To the greatest fans in the world,” they begin. “This is it. This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.

“For all of you who have been on this journey with us since the very beginning, sharing every high and low with your family, your friends, your classmates, your co-workers. Investing so deeply in every character and storyline. Laughing. Cheering. Shedding tears. Giving so freely of your thoughts and emotions in spirited dialogue, theories, fan art, and fan fiction. Please know that the two of us, along with everyone involved in Endgame, have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotionally powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga.”

Anthony and Joe added that they are thankful that so many people have invested their time, hearts and souls into the stories, and sincerely wish that audiences won’t spoil the ending for others, “the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you”.

To conclude their letter, the duo commented: “Remember, Thanos still demands your silence. As always, good luck and happy viewing… The Russo Brothers #DontSpoilTheEndgame.”

Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson.

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Chris Hemsworth happy to continue playing Thor after Avengers: Endgame

Chris Hemsworth would be “more than happy” to continue playing superhero Thor if the character survives Avengers: Endgame. The current phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) phase concludes with Endgame, which is thought to be the final film for a n…

Chris Hemsworth would be “more than happy” to continue playing superhero Thor if the character survives Avengers: Endgame.

The current phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) phase concludes with Endgame, which is thought to be the final film for a number of original Avengers such as Chris, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo.

The cast is yet to see the film and have no idea how it ends, but Australian actor Chris would be happy to keep playing the God of Thunder if the character makes it out of Endgame alive.

“This is Marvel’s phase three wrapping up, a culmination of all this journey, whether or not they go off and then shoot other things or do prequels or sequels and whatever they can do,” he says in a clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (09Apr19). “I mean Loki, my brother, has come back nine times, and every time he dies he just keeps reappearing, so who knows what’s in store for anyone? Me personally, it’s the best fun I’ve ever had, and I’d be happy to do more if they wanted me. More than happy.”

When Ellen states that he must have some idea of the ending because he shot the scenes, Chris reasons that it got quite confusing filming Endgame at the same time as 2018’s Infinity War.

“I have a rough idea of what happens,” he explains. “We shot Infinity War and this over eight months, back and forth (between) both films, overlapping, and in the end, it was like (confused face) and it was being written while we were shooting and the other one was being edited and so on.”

The cast and crew have been unable to really talk about the film during the press tour out of fear of spoilers. On Sunday, Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the franchise, was left red-faced when she thought she’d revealed a plot point at the Los Angeles press conference, where she appeared to reveal she would face her father Thanos, the main villain.

“I don’t know if she will. Maybe she won’t. I just got really nervous I gave something away, so I’m going to stop,” she quickly added.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige also revealed to IGN that the company has a five-year plan but will not be announcing any more projects until after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home in July.

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