‘The Avengers” Mark Ruffalo opens up about playing The Hulk

'He's bristly and incredibly dangerous – like a wild animal,' says actor

Mark Ruffalo has opened up about the challenges of playing The Hulk in this year’s The Avengers film.

Ruffalo took on the iconic role of Bruce Banner and his giant green alter-ego for Joss Whedon’s superhero smash hit earlier this year and, in an interview with Flicks And Bits, said that both he and the director had felt it was vital to give a “sense of humour” to the character.

He said: “He’s very unpredictable; he’s nuanced. There’s a sense of humour there, there’s an ability to commuicate. But he’s bristly and he’s incredibly dangerous – like a wild animal. His reactions to things feel human.”

He added:

What appealed to both Joss Whedon and I about the character is that he would have a common man sort of feel to him and possess this world-weary charm. We agreed he should have a sense of humour about his situation.

Since its release in May 2012, The Avengers – which united Marvel’s Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk on the big screen for the first time – has become the third biggest movie ever, grossing over $1.5 billion (£930 million) worldwide. Whedon has since signed on to oversee a sequel and has hinted that the second film could be darker than its predecessor, stating: “The creation of the team is not the happy ending. It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult, and now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me.”