“My motto is make fear your friend. Just keep pushing yourself into those places where you feel scared or challenged.” – Mark Ruffalo
When Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo was announced as replacing Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2012’s The Avengers, it came as a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t that fans didn’t think Ruffalo could pull the role off, it was more so that Ruffalo hadn’t done any blockbuster-type films or films with extensive visual effects in his career prior to The Avengers.
Ruffalo says, “I did try to talk them out of casting me. I said, ‘I don’t know if I’m the right guy, I’ve never done anything like this.’ Between Joss and Robert, they were pretty convincing that I could do it. I was scared. I was really scared. I’m still scared. The technological aspect of it makes it really hard to work that way. I struggle with it all the time. But my motto is make fear your friend. Just keep pushing yourself into those places where you feel scared or challenged.”