Mark Ruffalo: ‘Playing ‘Hulk’ was daunting’

Actor also reveals he drew inspiration from his children for the role of Bruce Banner

Mark Ruffalo has spoken about his new role as ‘Hulk’ in Avengers Assemble and has revealed he found the prospect of taking on such an iconic role to be “daunting”.

The actor, who makes his first appearance as the character in the blockbuster, announced yesterday (May 1) that he has signed up for five further films as Hulk, which are likely to include a number of Avengers sequels and a standalone Hulk movie.

Asked about his initial reaction when director Joss Whedon cast him in the role, Ruffalo told the Ottawa Citizen: “It was daunting, there were a lot of expectations.”

The actor also revealed that he found inspiration for the moment when Bruce Banner morphs into the giant from spending time with his children.

He said of this: “I have a hair-trigger temper and I have lots of practice: a parent who doesn’t yell at his kids isn’t spending enough time with them.”

As well as Ruffalo, Avengers Assemble stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson. You can watch the trailer at the bottom of the page.

The film has so grossed over $180 million worldwide and topped the UK box office with takings of over £15.8 million last weekend.

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