Mark Ruffalo Explains How he Goes from Playing a Priest to The Hulk


Apparently it’s called “acting”. Go figure.

Anyways, “Sympathy for Delicious” star and first-time director Mark Ruffalo and his leading man Christopher Thornton were kind enough to sit down for a round of questions from various websites about their new indie movie. Naturally, playing the Hulk came up. Here’s his answer:

Fans of Mark Ruffalo definitely have to pick up “Sympathy for Delicious”, where the actor makes his directorial debut.

This inspired and unusual film tells the story of Dean O’Dwyer (Christopher Thornton), also known as “Delicious D,” an up-and-coming DJ on the underground music scene in Los Angeles. When a motorcycle accident leaves Dean paralyzed, he abandons his turntables for a wheelchair as his once promising career disappears before his eyes.

Forced to live out of his car on skid row, Dean begins his descent into depression when he meets Father Joe Roselli (Mark Ruffalo), a passionate young priest. Father Joe introduces Dean to the world of faith-healing, an unlikely way for him to begin his quest to walk again. He soon discovers that he possesses the otherworldly power to heal people, but in an odd twist of fate, he is utterly unable to heal himself.

Despite Father Joe’s warnings, Dean angrily decides to use his newfound gift for fame and fortune. He joins a rock band led by charismatic front man The Stain (Orlando Bloom) with bassist Ariel (Juliette Lewis), and manager Nina Hogue (Laura Linney). But his newfound notoriety is unable to cure the hurt that encompasses his life. To find true healing, Dean must ultimately confront his worst demons and come to terms with his own humanity.

The film was recently released in theaters last month, but you can still catch it on Video on Demand starting May 5th. Get more info on “Sympathy for Delicious” here.

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  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    what movies is Mark Ruffalo in, I still don’t think he will make a good Bruce Banner, but let’s just wait and see

    • Juggernaut

      He is a very solid actor. His turns in Zodiac as a devoted and haunted detective on the Zodiac killer case was terrific as was his role in Reservation Road as a man who kills a young boy in a hit and run. He could possibly be the best blend of intelligence and intensity to bring Banner/Hulk to life. I loved Ed Norton’s Hulk but I think that given the fact that he won’t be returning Ruffalo will do a great job.