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Edward Norton Weighs In on 'Hulk' Controversy

Edward Norton Weighs In on 'Hulk' Controversy

Edward Norton has shared his thoughts on not being asked to reprise his role as the Hulk in 2012′s The Avengers.

Here’s what the 40-year-old actor had to share on his Facebook page:

“As most of you know, I don’t like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience’s fullest enjoyment of the “magic” that films can have. But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So here goes: It seems it won’t work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in The Avengers.”

Click inside to continue reading Edward‘s thoughts on The Avengers…

“I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone, but it hasn’t turned out as we all hoped. I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a part of the Hulk’s long and excellent journey.

“And I really can’t thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you’ve sent my way about what Louis [Leterrier, The Incredible Hulk's director] and I tried to do in our turn with the legend. It means a lot to me. I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I’m really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that’s why we love him, right?


Edward Norton”

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  • BEAN

    He looks every bit of 40 too.

  • scorpius07

    So, did they recast the role, or are they just not adding the Hulk to the Avengers line-up?

  • ck

    Believe they are recasting scorpius

  • okay

    I read his facebook comment, this guy is a class act!

  • eli

    Awe, I really liked him as the hulk! The studio is stupid. It would have been really fun to see him and Robert Downey Jr together.

  • http://j ivanka

    and bana?

  • yami

    Now there is a class act. Learn Marvel head honchos. That is how you go about saying something: short to the point and classy. Not rude and condescending. Edward is one for the books and it’s a shame he will not continue. I was truly looking forward to seeing him and RDJ work together.

  • my guess

    My guess is Joaquin Phoenix, even if interested in this part, will turn it down because of how Norton was treated. He won’t want to be a part of this mess or steal a role from someone. I wouldn’t be surprised if he thinks highly of Norton’s talent. Anyone who takes this part will be criticized by fans and compared unfavorably to Norton.

  • haha

    @okay: Totally agreed! He’s one of the greatest actors in Hollywood!

  • Ava

    I was shocked at the way the studio handled the matter…very unprofessional and condescending, not to mention disrespectful to an actor of Norton’s level…I was hoping to see him be a part of such an exciting cast…nice to see Norton take the high road, he’s always been one of my fav

  • JLK

    Didn’t people say he was acting like a total diva when they were doing Incredible Hulk? Insisting on script changes, outlandish demands, etc?? Maybe I’m wrong? He’s a good actor, i loved him in fight Club…too bad…

  • Jessica

    I love his lisp

  • Ali

    and do you think he had a “pay or play” deal???

  • I think

    Marvel learned their communications skills from Fox News

  • michelle

    after this crap, the only reason to watch the avengers is rdj and iron man… basically i think i’ll just wait for iron man 3. this way i get to save money AND be spared the annoying presence of all those other lame actors not named rdj. marvel completely screwed this up, and ed’s response is nothing but class

  • Slig

    What this not cute or ho or sexy nathing

  • luck

    he was fired because he is a prick

  • zippy

    He was horrible in the movie

  • All Women Stalker

    Tsk tsk. Too bad. I might still watch the film, though. Just out of curiosity.

  • Jaye

    How diplomatic of him. He has class; the studio, not so much. Robert Downey is the only thing the Avengers has going for it. He costs a LOT and the other players are just happy to get work. Norton would have wanted to deal for a big check, so I guess they’ll stick some other unknown or nearly unknown in that role.
    It’s all about the money, the studio did an end around with the public statement to hide the REAL reason, but I think that blew up in their face. Their statement came out sounding vindictive and mean spirited.

  • jen

    why marvel? I was so excited to see the Avengers film, because I love Edward Norton, Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans, and they do this? Their comment about the whole thing was so disrespectful and I can see no one else playing the Hulk because I thought Edward Norton was great in that role. Edward Norton is such a good actor and classy to boot. I was dying to see how Edward and RDJ interacting in this film, it would have been great, You suck big time marvel and seriously so disappointed I don’t want to see the movie anymore.

  • Kimyona

    I guess I’ll be marking this one off of my To See list. I’m really glad Ed released a statement, though. It at least cleared the air, somewhat. The statement that the studio released made it sound like Edward wasn’t up to being a team player. Which in my opinion, don’t you have to be, being an actor? Isn’t that what working with an ensemble cast, is doing? Making a movie is in a way like being on a sports team, everyone has a part to play. And being a fan of Ed’s particular body of work, I’d say he’d have to be a team player, considering his films. A film won’t mesh well, if the actors refuse to work together; in a way, they have to play off of each other. I’m extremely disappointed with the studio for their decision, because for some reason Edward Norton just seems to embody the character of Bruce Banner. It’s as if he was born to play that role! Well, let’s hope Robert Downey Jr. won’t have to carry this film by himself.