Not to be outdone by this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past when it comes to having a massive cast, Marvel Studios’ second big team-up movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron includes not only the heroes of the previous film, but also super-powered newcomers Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision alongside new villains Ultron and Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.
Yesterday Total Film teased a new interview with The Avengers: Age of Ultron star Mark Ruffalo with an extract in which he talked about the big green guy’s expanded role and more complex character arc in the sequel. Now that the full interview has been published in the latest issue of Total Film, more details about Ruffalo’s experiences on set have emerged (via CBM) and it seems that those experiences included getting told off for using social media a little bit too enthusiastically. The actor was asked if he’d ever been told off for tweeting/Instagramming from the Avengers: Age of Ultron set, and he replied:
“All the time! I’m the green sheep of the Marvel family. But I think they’re starting to catch on – I think all of us are starting to catch on – that you can’t hurt a movie by doing that stuff. You really can’t. It just makes people buy into it more. It makes them part of it, they’re invested in it. It’s not that precious for God’s sake.”
Despite his casual approach to sharing photos with fans, Ruffalo has yet to post anything too revealing on his Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. Aside from promoting his other projects and environmental causes, Ruffalo’s “leaks” mainly consist of silly photos of himself and other cast members, or the motion-capture get-up shown below.
Ruffalo was aided in his motion-capture performance as the Hulk by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis, whom he met on the set of 13 Going On 30. The actor echoes some of Serkis’ previous sentiments regarding the evolution of the technology over the last few years, comparing it to “digital puppetry,” and adds that Serkis has helped to “[create] a place that’s so actor-friendly and puts the actor front and centre of that technology.” That doesn’t mean, however, that Ruffalo is quite comfortable wearing the tight mo-cap leotard all day.
Both Bruce Banner and his counterpart ended up being somewhat sidelined in The Avengers due to the sheer amount of big personalities and powerful superheroes in the movie, so it’s gratifying to hear that he’s shuffled closer to the center for the sequel. One of the Hulk’s most memorable moments during the last team-up was when he interrupted one of Loki’s speeches by picking him up and smashing him repeatedly against the floor, and Ruffalo teases that The Avengers: Age of Ultron features “a Hulk surprise that is equally delightful.”
According to director Joss Whedon, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now halfway through filming. Those who are ever eager to learn more about the upcoming movie should keep an eye on Ruffalo’s social media feeds in case he posts anything intriguing. Or, you know, just photos of himself wearing wigs.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Source: Total Film (via CBM)