Monday, July 12, 2010

Edward Norton Won't Hulk Out In Avengers Movie

I'm sure most film geeks are well aware of the back and forth between Marvel and Edward Norton this weekend regarding the award-winning actor's part in the upcoming Avengers movie.

A statement issued by Marvel said Norton , who recently played Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, wouldn't reprise the part in The Avengers, saying the decision was "definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.”

Norton's agent, Brian Swardstrom, rebuked, calling the statement a "purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light."

Norton released a statement of his Facebook page "It seems it won't work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in '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 history."

You can read the statement for yourself here:

I really dug Norton in the role and hoped to see him alongside Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Samuel L. in The Avengers. Rumour has it Joaquin Phoenix is up for the part. As long as it isn't Eric Bana . . .

But still, no Norton? Cue that sad piano music please.

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