Robert Downey, Jr. convinced hesitant Mark Ruffalo to accept Hulk role


Mark Ruffalo was hesitant to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he wasn’t sure how he could make the role of The Hulk his own.

The 52-year-old actor told Jimmy Fallon during The Tonight Show on Friday (May 8, 2020) that it was co-star Robert Downey, Jr. who convinced him to accept the offer, admitting: “I was scared.

“I didn’t know what I could add to what I already thought had been done so well before me.”

Explaining his hesitation, Mark revealed he was only doing “indie movies up ’til that point. So I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m the right person for this.’ And Joss Whedon‘s like, ‘Yeah, you are the right person.’

“Then I got a call from Downey, it must’ve made it to him that I was hemming and hawing, and he just simply said, ‘Ruffalo, let’s go. We got this.’ In true Iron Man fashion. And then after that, I was like, ‘I guess I have to do it.'”

The Spotlight star first appeared as The Hulk in 2012’s The Avengers, and most recently played the role, aka Dr. Bruce Banner, in Avengers: Endgame.