Before Mark Ruffalo took over the role of Hulk in "The Avengers"Marvel Studios premiered "The incredible Hulk" with Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. However, the collaboration between the actor and the studio did not work and was later replaced by Ruffalo in the choral tape.
Although in the past details have already been given about the monetary or script demands that the actor requested, in a recent interview for the NY Times, Norton is more open about his experience with the now great Hollywood producer.
As he says, he was delighted to take care of Hulk at first because he was impressed with Christopher Nolan's Batman tapes. For Norton, the character that fulfilled the characteristics of being "Dark and serious", what I was looking for in this type of project, was the giant emerald, and He proposed a plan for two films to Marvel Studios:
It's about the myth of Prometheus, literally. I proposed a plan for two films: Hulk's origin and idea as the conscious dreamer, the guy who can control the trip, and they told me "That's what we want!". Apparently it was not what they wanted but I had a great time doing it. I got along very well with Kevin Feige.
However, Norton didn't like the statement Kevin Feige released in 2010 announcing that he would not be Hulk in "The Avengers" and practically blaming the actor for the situation. You can remember the situation in this relic that we published in the blog almost a decade ago.
It was something creeping. A way to protect your brand or something like that. In the end they were not looking for something serious and dark but it doesn't matter. We had positive conversations about how to continue the movies, we saw the amount of time it would have taken us and I wasn't going to do that. I honestly would have wanted more money than they would have wanted to give me but that is not the reason why I wanted to make another Hulk movie as well. I went and did everything else I wanted to do and what Kevin Feige has done is probably one of the best business executions in entertainment history. As a Disney shareholder you must be in the clouds for what you have accomplished.
The actor is conciliatory saying that Feige had a very clear idea of what he wanted to achieve but unfortunately did not fit with what he wanted as an actor and considered "grotesque" transform that into a trial or a fight: “Designing fights between people just for clicks is grotesque and I'm not exaggerating, it's one of the biggest problems in our country”.
As an example of this he wanted to clarify a moment in a comedy show with Bruce Willis in which he said “I tried to be like you, I made an action movie called‘ The Incredible Hulk ’… you know what went wrong? I wanted a better script ” and that we also cover in the blog at the time.
This is a joke in which I laughed at myself and the press transformed it into "Edward Norton criticizes Marvel." No, I am criticizing myself. People have to grow up.
Via information | NY Times