You’ve probably all heard the stories: Edward Norton is butting heads with Marvel Studios over the cut of “The Incredible Hulk”. Norton, and director Louis Leterrier, wanted a longer and more character-driven movie, but Marvel wanted a leaner and meaner green machine. And since it’s Marvel’s movie, they’ve won. Sort of. Norton has now broken his silence by sending an email statement to Entertainment Weekly, who has done a lengthy article on “The Incredible Hulk”. To sum up Norton’s statement: stories of the “feud” are overblown and not true.
Here’s the excerpt that gets to the nitty gritty:
Regrettably, our healthy process, which is and should be a private matter, was misrepresented publicly as a ‘dispute,’ seized on by people looking for a good story, and has been distorted to such a degree that it risks distracting from the film itself, which Marvel, Universal and I refuse to let happen. It has always been my firm conviction that films should speak for themselves and that knowing too much about how they are made diminishes the magic of watching them.
So there it is. Norton denies the feud is real. Do you believe him? I don’t know. EW mentions that the statement was “approved in advance by Marvel and Universal”, which would explain just how “friendly” it is.
You can read the whole article, and the entirety of Norton’s email at Entertainment Weekly and decide for yourself.