Mark Ruffalo Not Playing Hulk in 'The Avengers'?

A recent tweet from stuntman Brandon Molale reveals he auditioned to portray the motion-captured Hulk in Joss Whedon's superhero ensemble.
Mark Ruffalo might not portray the motion-captured Hulk in The Avengers
Mark Ruffalo might not portray the motion-captured Hulk in The Avengers
Actor and stuntman Brandon Molale sent out an intriguing tweet yesterday, indicating he auditioned to portray the motion-captured Hulk in The Avengers. Take a look at his tweet below:

"My life: Just auditioned to play the Hulk (motion capture) in the new Avengers movie. Pretty damn cool job!"


The news contradicts a report from September where Mark Ruffalo revealed he would not only portray Bruce Banner, but the motion-captured Hulk component of his character as well. Here is Mark Ruffalo's statement from September:

"I'm really excited. No one's ever played the Hulk exactly, they've always done CGI. They're going to do the Avatar stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I'll actually play the Hulk. That'll be fun."


It seems that plan for Mark Ruffalo to put on the CGI suit has been scrapped. It is possible that Brandon Molale could be playing the CGI Hulk's stunt double for all the big action set pieces, with Mark Ruffalo also performing as the CGI version of the Hulk.

Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.



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  1. Kinetic

    @EJK1 --> i never complained about it, you said only Norton was re-cast, all i said was that there were more that were re-cast, and you never said anything about main or secondary, i was just pointing out that there were more re-castings....

    4 years agoby @KineticFlag

  2. Diaigma

    Marvel is quickly loosing favor in my eyes, save for what Sony still has of their properties (Spider-Man). Mice should stick to cartoons and leave comics alone!

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  3. Gnyah123

    also i agree i hope he looks like how he did in the recent hulk movie
    not the lime green that ang lee did.

    4 years agoby @gnyah123Flag

  4. Gnyah123

    at this point i dont care cuz i know for a FACT this movie is going to be amazing!!
    captain america...Hulk..Iron Man...Thor etc.....cant get no better!! im glad they are bringing this to the big screen

    4 years agoby @gnyah123Flag

  5. ejk1

    I think the Norton ship has sailed. The longer you hold onto that, the greater the possibility that you will have a bias against The Avengers.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. Ryan Moran

    i really dont care i want edward norton back he was the best hulk

    4 years agoby @nightwing18Flag

  7. bud2fresh

    Doesn't matter it will still be good.

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  8. Tomp1210

    and ruffalo is probably just playing banner, with a stuntguy doing the hulk stuff

    4 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  9. Tomp1210

    btw I thought GI Joe sucked, im just putting the budget into comparrison, makes it difficult to see something like the avengers really get into it with a limited budget like that.

    4 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  10. Tomp1210

    yeh, true, I still think ed should play banner though, it's a shame he's one of those possessive actors, but Marvel is definately screwing up here, I mean 150 mill budget for their biggest film, it deserves a 300 mill, because everyone knows it will deliver. GI Joe had 150 mill, and I don't know about anyone else, but more EPIC effects are always good. Now we have an avengers limiting itself and trying to make profit more than getting it right, these studio decisions have been pissing me off for so long, the best example being Fox's Dragonball disaster, bad cast generally, bad creative direction, bad director, severely under budget - 30 million... I just don't want them limiting what could be their biggest movie.

    4 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  11. ChiRep_1

    @Supes agreed. But who will replace Favreau? He was a great fit for Iron Man IMO.

    4 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I'm one of those who hate re-casting, even if the side characters arent that important, I hate having a new face in a sequel. But hey, once they deliver, they dun bother me as much anymore

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. SonOfOne41

    I honestly dont think this movie will be good. The Dark Knight Rises will be far better

    4 years agoby @SonOfOne41Flag

  14. Dan

    Ruffalo will do great, no worries. Who cares about those side characters lol. As long as Iron Man himself isn't recast (and Pepper Potts, since she's his girlfriend now) I'm fine with however they proceed, Avengers or IM.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  15. Daveactor7

    @Ejk1 excellent points.
    @People listen, not everyone is going to be pleased with who is cast, but look, give that actor a chance. He can probably shine.
    @Kinetic like @ejk1 said, side characters are not the main problem here. The main characters are.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  16. ejk1

    Rhodey, Happy, and Howard Stark? That's what you're upset about? Seriously? The recasting of side characters, none of which will affect The Avengers, is what you're bringing to the table? I'll give you Rhodey, but Happy, who had how much dialogue? A few lines in each IM movie? And different people to play Howard Stark at different times of his life? If these minor changes are bothering you, by all means, stay home in May 2012. I really don't want to read anyone's gripes about how the role of Tony Stark's DRIVER was given to someone else. My God, Happy and Howard Stark? Get a life, guys.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. Kinetic

    @EJK1 --> Rhodey was re-cast, Faverau won't be back as Happy, 3 different people to play Howard Stark, i think im missing someone else...

    4 years agoby @KineticFlag

  18. Bane5000

    As long as they dont change the look and design of the Hulk from TIH

    I think Norton was a better fit for Banner then Ruffalo is gonna be, Banner is supposed to be scrawny and somewhat of a pushover but yet a really intelligent scientist, the complete opposite of his Hulk form. Norton portrayed that very well, even physically being scrawny and bullied in the film. I noticed on the animated show Avengers:Earth Mightiest Heroes, the Banner on there resembles Nortons look, Ruffalo is a good actor but doesnt look the role, i dont know, just thinking out loud here, well see how it turns out...

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  19. the Narrator

    @geek, no it isn't. He said those things, and it was from his mouth, in September. I should know, I commented on the thread. He just did not know what the hell he was talking about.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  20. mosorwvlad

    I am OK if he is not playing Hulk. I don't like the guy, he looks to much as Hulk.

    4 years agoby @mosorwvladFlag

  21. RojoDiablo

    Yeah, this is mostly about stunts.

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  22. ejk1

    "How many re-casts are they gonna do before we get a "consistent" cinematic Marvel universe going?! With all this recasting, we're really not getting what we were promised."

    What are you talking about? Only Bruce Banner was changed. The Hulk is CGI, so it really doesn't matter who is in the suit. You can't include FF, Spider-Man, or X-Men. This is a totally separate animal.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. skywise

    i think that the stop action/stop motion capture tenchinuque will work well with the hulk. I did not mind his look and movements in either of the other films but IMO it seemed a but cartoonish and unrealistic. This might give our new hulks movements a more realistic feel? fingers crossed.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  24. moviegeek

    @Narrator ruffalo's September comment is. which is what I was referring to

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  25. James17

    still upset about him even playing the hulk

    4 years agoby @zombie14Flag

  26. Canucklehead

    I'm sure he is still going to play the hulk via motion capture.. he just won't be doing the stunts. Which I am pretty sure is common practice for all actors in hollywood.

    4 years agoby @canuckleheadFlag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Calm down people...

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. the Narrator

    @moviegeek1, it isn't fake. Ruffalo honestly released that statement nearly half a year ago in regards to playing the Hulk. He just didn't know what the hell he was talking about. :P

    This is pretty much no big news, and the few people over-reacting clearly didn't read the article.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  29. moviegeek

    "stop-action, stop-motion capture"............

    stop-motion action? Stop-motion is like Coraline...

    and i don't even know what the heck stop-action is..

    This is fake.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  30. K.Guy

    Will anybody stay as the Hulk???

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag