Mark Ruffalo “chickened out” of getting an Avengers tattoo despite Jeremy Renner’s best efforts to convince him to go through with it.
The actor plays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and celebrated the success of Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year (18) by getting a version of the Avengers’ logo inked on his skin.
Jeremy was joined by his co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans at East Side Ink Tattoo in New York in May, but during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (12Jun18) he divulged that he couldn’t get Hulk actor Mark on board with the idea.
“The original six got a tattoo because we’ve all been together over the last decade, spent a lot of time together and have a lot of similar shared experiences in life,” he said. “So, we got this symbol that this artist, Josh Lord, designed for us. Ruffalo’s the only one that kinda chickened out at the last minute, I’m not sure why. He just didn’t want do it. So, I was like, ‘Get some henna, get something? It’s not really about the tattoo, it’s about the celebration of our friendship.'”
Jeremy went on to share that he attempted to change Mark’s mind by sharing a number of messages in a group chat he’s involved in with the other castmembers. But even the threat of inviting other actors who’ve played Hulk, such as Eric Bana and Edward Norton, couldn’t persuade him.
“I’m on this group text and I was like, ‘You know guys, I have Eric Bana’s number, let me give him a call. Or Edward Norton, got his number, (should) we see if he wants to get in on it?'” the 47-year-old recalled, adding that tattoo artist Josh allowed him to ink the Avengers’ symbol on him too. “He’s way too brave, he allowed us to tattoo on him after he did us. I did it, it was really quite terrifying.”
During the interview, Jeremy also chatted about the struggles he had in shooting new movie Tag, about a small group of former classmates who organise an annual game of tag, as he injured both arms on the second day of filming.
While he insisted on going back to set after his arm was placed in a cast, he regretted his decision when he attempted to use the bathroom.
“I got locked in the dang bathroom because it had a round knob (on the door). I couldn’t use my elbow. By the way, my pants were down, I couldn’t pull them up. Humiliating,” he laughed.