Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. candidly discuss Marvel days, revealing challenges, laughter, and personal growth in Variety’s Actors on Actors Studio
Marvel stars Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo recently engaged in a candid conversation about their experiences in the film industry. During Variety’s Actors on Actors studio, they reflected on their Marvel days, acknowledging the challenges of working with unconventional elements and even joked about moments when they weren’t sure about their characters’ lines.
Marvel Casting: Unusual Beginning
Mark Ruffalo shared how the initial casting for Marvel felt unusual, highlighting the different world they were entering. Robert Downey Jr. chimed in, reminiscing about the Marvel days where the actors sometimes had to react to imaginary elements or deliver lines that sounded like “gobbledygook.” Despite the challenges, they emphasized the importance of these moments for their characters.
The conversation took a lighthearted turn as they acknowledged the occasional frustration on set, joking about how the ‘bulls*it actually contributed to their character development. Robert Downey Jr. then discussed how the unique experiences from their Marvel films influenced his approach to Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, expressing gratitude for the joy it brought.
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Oppenheimer’s Filming: Analog Appreciation
In recounting a moment from Oppenheimer’s filming, Robert emphasized the significance of shooting on film instead of digital, appreciating the natural rhythms it provided. The conversation concluded with Robert expressing love for sci-fi fantasy while appreciating the timeless aspects of traditional filmmaking.
Both actors gained widespread acclaim for their roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Robert as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Mark as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Their dialogue offers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes camaraderie and growth that shaped their careers.
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