It's February 13, 2024, and Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo sits down to discuss his latest role in Yorgos Lanthimos' dark comedy 'Poor Things.' Ruffalo's portrayal of Duncan Wedderburn, a debauched cad, marks a significant departure from his previous work.
From the Incredible Hulk to a Debauched Cad
Ruffalo, best known for playing real people in dramas like 'Spotlight' or 'Foxcatcher' and as the Incredible Hulk in Marvel movies, has taken on a new challenge. Stepping into the shoes of Duncan Wedderburn, Ruffalo explores the depths of depravity in Lanthimos' film adaptation of Alasdair Gray's 1992 novel.
"I've always been drawn to complex characters," Ruffalo shares. "Duncan Wedderburn is a far cry from the heroes I've played in the past, but there's something incredibly compelling about his descent into darkness."
Working with Yorgos Lanthimos and Filming Intimate Scenes
Ruffalo speaks highly of working with acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos, praising his unique vision and storytelling style. The actor admits that filming intimate scenes in a dark comedy presented its own set of challenges.
"Yorgos has a way of making you feel both uncomfortable and completely safe at the same time," Ruffalo explains. "It's a strange balance, but it allows for some truly authentic performances."
A Career of Transformation and Overcoming Obstacles
Reflecting on his career, Ruffalo discusses the challenges of working with motion capture suits for Marvel movies and his theater training for green screen work. He also shares a deeply personal story about being diagnosed with a brain tumor right after his big break in the industry.
"That experience taught me a lot about resilience and the importance of perspective," Ruffalo reveals. "I'm grateful for every opportunity I've had since then, and I try to bring that gratitude to each role I take on."
As our conversation draws to a close, it's clear that Mark Ruffalo is an actor who continues to evolve and push boundaries. From the Incredible Hulk to a debauched cad, he remains committed to exploring the complexities of the human condition.