(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
Norton mad! Well, not really, the actor who became Bruce Banner in the 2008 version of The Incredible Hulk has recently been defending himself over comments made that he’s not a team player. Allegations made by Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige.
Now if you’ve been outta the loop here’s what you’ve been missing. For days before the San Deigo Comic-con, it was speculated that someone new would become scientist Bruce Banner for the Avengers team film in 2012. During the panel held to display the heros of Marvel’s own Expendables it was revealed that the new Hulk would be played by Mark Ruffalo, but not in voice (Lou Ferrigno gets to hold that honor).
Now why would such a thing like that happen? Well Feige said that Norton was not the superhero they were looking for.
“Our decision is … rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble …”
This is a man who’s not only won multiple awards for acting, but he puched Tyler Durden in the face and that takes balls. Norton defended his work ethic by calling his un-hiring merely a business decision.
That’s not something a team player wouldn’t say now is it? He realized they couldn’t finalize a deal and they ended up going their seperate ways. Norton’s agent, Brian Swardstorm, of WME was a little less polite about his star’s loss.
“This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light. … We know a lot of fans have voiced their public disappointment with this result, but this is no excuse for Feige’s mean-spirited, accusatory comments.”
Hopefully everything is said and done and these school yard “they said, I said” games are no longer going to hinder their working relationship. Remember that everything is sticks and stones, until someone throws their gamma radiation powered fists into your face.