Monday, November 29, 2010

Leslie Nielsen & Irvin Kershner Pass On

1926 – 2010

Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died at the age of 84.

He died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia, his agent John S Kelly said.

Canadian-born Nielsen started out as a serious actor but in 1980, his role as a hapless doctor in the disaster spoof film Airplane! made him a comic star.

In all, he appeared in more than 100 films and had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

1923 – 2010

Irvin Kershner, director of Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back, has died in Los Angeles aged 87, his agent has confirmed.

Kershner - who also directed James Bond film Never Say Never Again - died at home after a long illness, according to his goddaughter Adriana Santini.

Born in Philadelphia in 1923, Kershner trained as a musician before making documentaries and then features.

His other credits include Robocop 2 and Eyes of Laura Mars with Faye Dunaway.

Known as "Kersh", the director was behind the camera when Sir Sean Connery reprised his 007 role in 1983's Never Say Never Again.

The University of Southern California film school graduate had previously worked with Connery on his 1966 romantic drama A Fine Madness.

Kershner also directed Barbra Streisand in 1972 comedy Up the Sandbox and Richard Harris in 1976 sequel The Return of a Man Called Horse.

Yet he remains best known for The Empire Strikes Back, considered by many to be the best film in the Star Wars series.

"I think it went beyond Star Wars," he once said. "You had some humour [and] you got to know the characters a little better.

"I saw it as the second movement in an opera."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Alan Partridge's Mid Morning Matters - Episode 4

Aha! Here is the fourth episode of Alan Partridge's brand new web series, Mid Morning Matters.

The show is written by Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Harry Hill's Little Internet Show Episode 6 - Neptune Sneezes

In this sixth episode of Harry Hill's Little Internet Show, a walk on the beach turns into an ornithological study and Neptune sneezes on Harry.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Check This... 'The Hangman'

'The Hangman' is a poem by Maurice Ogden, animated into a 12-minute film made by Les Goldman and Paul Julian. The people of a town are condemned to die one by one by a mysterious stranger who erects a gallows in the town square.

The film takes a cynical look at how humankind loves to feed others into the death machine, its narrated by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian's animation, music was composed and conducted by Serge Hovey.

The film was a co-winner of the Silver Sail award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1964.

Check This... is a feature showcasing what we at Flicks News consider essential short films to watch!

To view past shorts we showcased click here.

First Image From 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

Here's your first image from Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes sequel,' the image features Holmes (Robert Downey Jr)Watson (Jude Law), and Sim, played Noomi Rapace.

Sherlock Holmes 2 is scheduled for a December 16, 2011 date.

"It Gets Better" — Love, Pixar

A message of hope from employees at Pixar Animation Studios.

It gets better.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'Toy Story 3' Campaigns To Get The Film Into The Oscar Category Of 'Best Picture Of The Year'

Toy Story 3 is one of the best reviewed movies of the year and in this humble blogs mind probably the finest film of the year, Disney/Pixar are now starting a campaign to get the film into the Oscar category of Best Picture of the year. Walt Disney studio chairman Rich Ross saying:
We’re going for the Best Picture win. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all.

With this movie we wanted to come up with a campaign that kept our aspirations clear but at the same time used a tongue in cheek approach. It’s all to recognize the quandary which is that no animated picture had won Best Picture, so we used only Best Picture images to reflect that. I feel very confident we have a movie everybody loves and I want to make sure with our support and our campaign that people don’t feel the consolation prize is the appropriate prize for a movie like Toy Story 3. I think people will look at the ads and feel it’s very Pixar and very Disney. At the same time it’s very clear.Toy Story 3 is a Best Picture. Vote for it. Please.
It would get our vote!

'AGM Heartland' A Mysterious Video By Neill Blomkamp

Here is a mysterious video by Neill Blomkamp that has been discovered in the latest iPad issue of Wired magazine. No one is quite sure what form 'AGM Heartland' will take whether its a peek at Neill Blomkamp follow up to District 9, or a web series?
See the video for yourself below:

Hi-ho Sliver Away! Gore Verbinksi Will Helm 'The Lone Ranger'

Walt Disney Pictures have confirmed that Gore Verbinksi will take the reins on 'The Lone Ranger' return to the sliver screen, he will re-team with Johnny Depp, who is currently attached to play the Lone Ranger's sidekick, Tonto.

The Lone Ranger's origin story begins with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.

The film version will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer with a script from Justin Haythe.

The Lone Ranger Opening Theme Song

Happy 47th Birthday 'Doctor Who'

On 23 November, 1963, the first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast. Entitled An Unearthly Child it starred William Hartnell as the Doctor and introduced the world to this mysterious traveller and his incredible time machine known as the TARDIS.

47 years later that battered blue box is still transporting the Time Lord and his companions to worlds of wonder and adventure. Long may their travels continue, and happy anniversary, Doctor!
Check out the BBC's Doctor Who site for all kinds of Doctor Who trivia like the initial pitch for the show circa 1963, a gallery of actors who were almost cast as The Doctor and lots more.

Doctor Who Opening 1963

The Ten Doctors

Doctor Who: 'A Christmas Carol' Trailer

Updated: 'Black Swan' Music Video

Music video for Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan,' shows a compilation of footage from the film while sampling Clint Mansell original score. Also below is a clip from the film and new TV spots.

It has a 3rd December, 2010 release date for the US and a 21st January, 2011 date for us in Ireland and the UK.

Music Video


TV Spots:

Five Clips From Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch'

Here are five clips from Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch,' starring Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Oscar Isaac and Scott Glenn.

Christian Bale Talks 'The Dark Knight Rises' And Christopher Nolan

Christian Bale has talked to MTV about suiting up once again as Batman for Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises,' which is currently scheduled for a July 2012 release.

Monday, November 22, 2010

'Cowboys & Aliens' Trailer & Commentary With Jon Favreau

Here's the trailer for Jon Favreau's 'Cowboys & Aliens,' starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Ana de la Reguera and Abigail Spencer.

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

It hits theaters on July 29 2011 for the US and August 12 for us here in Ireland and the UK.

UPDATE: Jon Favreau's 'Cowboys & Aliens' Trailer Commentary:

Updated: Trailer #3 For 'The Green Hornet'

New trailer for Michel Gondry's 'The Green Hornet' starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson.

Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA's most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves – protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.

Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato's clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt's new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA's gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all.
It has a 14 January, 2011 release date.

Featurette - Black Beauty

Update:International Trailer for The Green Hornet

Update #2 Cool new International poster:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

'Source Code' Trailer

Trailer for Duncan Jones 'Source Code,' starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.
Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) also starring Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace, Syriana).

Friday, November 19, 2010

Doctor Who: 'A Christmas Carol' Trailer

Amy and Rory are on their honeymoon during the episode, and run into trouble when the pleasure cruise spaceship they're travelling on finds itself under attack from "something very nasty". The spaceship is orbiting an alien planet, which is where the Doctor is for a considerate part of the story. This therefore causes Amy and Rory to be separated from the Time Lord for the majority of the episode.

Showrunner Steven Moffat has said 'Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favorite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon. And ... oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything!'

The special which features special stars Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins, will air Christmas day on BBC one and in the US on BBC America too.

Also check out the Matt Smith being interviewed on US talk show 'The
Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' in the player below:

Daniel Day-Lewis Replaces Liam Neeson In Spielberg's 'Lincoln!'

Daniel Day-Lewis will replace Liam Neeson as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's long awaited film project 'Lincoln!'

Press Release: "Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with 'Lincoln,'" said Steven Spielberg. "Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material," added Stacey Snider, "which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for 'Lincoln.'"

Based on the best-selling book, "Team of Rivals," by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner. It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.

It is anticipated that the film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.

Doris Kearns Goodwin won her Pulitzer Prize for "No Ordinary Time:
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II." Kushner's prize was for his play "Angels in America," which later became an Emmy Award-winning television special. He had previously worked with Spielberg on Munich for which he was nominated for an Oscar in the Adapted Screenplay category.

Filming is expected to begin in the fall of 2011 for release in the fourth quarter of 2012 through Disney's Touchstone distribution label.

Updated: Darren Aronofsky Talks 'The Wolverine'

Darren Aronofsky has spoken a little about 'The Wolverine' to superherohype, 'The Wolverine' deals with Logans escapades in Japan:
"There's all the samurai elements that are really exciting," he told us. "I'm a big fan of Japanese movies, we're going to try to have a good time." Aronofsky confirmed that he'll be casting a lot of Japanese actors, but is still unsure whether they'll be speaking in Japanese or English. "It's still under discussion, we'll see what happens," he said about that.

Not everyone was a fan of Gavin Hood's previous movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which partly suffered from nearly half a dozen writers (not all credited) being involved with the screenplay, but clearly, this movie should be different going by what we were told. "Chris McQuarrie wrote a great screenplay. We're trying to get it into a slightly better place but he's working on it, and I think it'll be easy to fix. Chris is an amazing writer and I'm very lucky to have him as a collaborator."

The thing to remember is that Aronofsky's main focus for the next three months will be making sure people go to see his new movie Black Swan, and because of that, he hasn't spent a lot of time on developing The Wolverine just yet. "Literally, we haven't even started to gear up. I'm at the same studio and the film comes out December 3, so they know I'm busy until then," he said. A press release from 20th Century Fox about their new deal with Aronofsky's production company Protozoa stated that filming would start in April.

Our one less-than-subtle attempt to find out if Liev Schreiber might make a cameo as Sabretooth, something we asked the actor about earlier this year, was met with a quick rebuff of "I'm not going to talk about any of that stuff."

Some may remember that Aronofsky was at one point developing a Batman movie with Frank Miller, and The Wolverine will be his first attempt to direct a studio franchise film. We wondered about how that experience may have differed from this one and he told us, "I was really trying to make ‘The Fountain' at the time and that's what I was doing so I wasn't very focused on (Batman), I was focused on making ‘The Fountain,' and then after that, they went off and made the film that they did and it's great."
Fox Filmed Entertainment have also signed Darren Aronofsky and his production company Protozoa Pictures to a new two-year, overall deal. Aronofsky's debut picture under the pact will being 'The Wolverine,' starring Hugh Jackman and written by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie, the film is scheduled to begin production in April next year.

Update: Darren Aronofsky On Why He Chose To Make 'The Wolverine'

'The Dark Knight Rises' & 'Superman: Man Of Steel' Shooting Dates

Christopher Nolan's superhero ventures 'The Dark Knight Rises' and his rebooted 'Superman: Man Of Steel' both have shooting dates.

First up is 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Michael Caine told Empire that the film would "probably start in May next year." Going on to say:
"Emma [Thomas], the producer, said we'd get the script in January. Christopher said: 'Script in January, shoot in May, finish in November.'"

Until then the confirmed cast members remain - fittingly - in the dark. "Christopher is the most secretive guy in the world," Caine said, "he won't tell you anything."
In 'Superman: Man Of Steel' news Deadline have reported that Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder have are on the search for their man of steel. The focus of the search is on actors is on 18-32 year-old performers who are either unknowns or rising stars without a lot of baggage and, more importantly minus the hefty price tag of established talents.

The likely start date of film is next June, which would fit with Warners’ legal need to get moving on a film before 2012.

First Look at Karl Urban as Judge Dredd In 'Dredd'

Here your first look at the new face of law Karl Urban as Mega City One's brutal enforcer Judge Dredd in the Pete Travis-directed 'Dredd.'

Artist Jock, who has drawn Judge Dredd in the comics as well as being the concept artist for the movie, shared the picture below which gives us our first look at Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, helmet and all, from rehearsals.

'Captain America: The First Avenger' Gets A Irish & UK Date

Marvel Studios has officially announced the international release schedule for Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger, unlike 'Thor' the US will get to see the film first with a 22 of July, 2011 date. For us here in Ireland and the UK will get to see Cap in action on 29 July, 2011.

Starring Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and Neal McDonough. 'Captain America: The First Avenger' will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Alan Partridge's Mid Morning Matters - Episode 3

Aha! Here is the third episode of Alan Partridge's brand new web series, Mid Morning Matters.

The show is written by Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci.

Check This....Spike Jonze Music Video For Arcade Fire's ‘The Suburbs’

Here's the Spike Jonze directed music video For Arcade Fire's ‘The Suburbs,’ which is a excerpt from the secret sci-fi short film Spike directed for the Arcade Fire which will serve as a companion piece for the bands new album 'The Suburbs.'

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Five 'True Grit' Posters

A collection of posters for the Coen Brother's next film 'True Grit,' starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld.

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’s (Hailee Steinfeld) father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), she sets out with him — over his objections — to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf (Matt Damon) catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.

Robert Downey Jr. Has Left Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity'

Robert Downey Jr. will no longer be starring in Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity.

Downey was rumored to be involved with the project for months while Warner Bros. searched for a female lead. Though still unconfirmed, Sandra Bullock is said to be in serious negotiations for the 3D space film.

Will Tom Hardy Be Hugo Strange In 'The Dark Knight Rises?'

Rumors are coming in that Tom Hardy may play the villain Hugo Strange in Christoper Nolan's third outing 'The Dark Knight Rises,' they also mentioned that Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway are in the running for the lead female role. The source had this to say:
"I’ve heard that Tom Hardy is in fact going to play the villain. My source strongly believes that Hardy is going to be playing Hugo Strange. This is the first bit of information from this person that I’m publishing, however they have been accurate in the past."

"For example, this person told me weeks before the recent Christoper Nolan interview that The Riddler would not be appearing in the film. They also mentioned that Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway were in the running for the lead female role a couple of weeks before Deadline posted their list."
Hugo Strange is a psychologist hired to use his skills to help bring in Batman. He eventually figures out Batman's secret identity, but instead of revealing it to the public, he keeps it secret.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Trailer For 'Jane Eyre'

Trailer for Cary Fukunaga take on 'Jane Eyre' starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots and Sally Hawkins.

After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close in friendship and she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Happiness seems to have found Jane at last, but could Mr. Rochester's terrible secret be about to destroy it forever?

Harry Hill's Little Internet Show Episode 5 - Ant Surprise

In this fifth episode of Harry Hill's Little Internet Show, Harry attends a funeral and discovers a network of tunnels.

New episodes of Harry Hill's Little Internet Show will be weekly, right up to Christmas.

George Clooney & Steven Soderbergh Are To Team Up Once Again To Bring 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' To The Big Screen

George Clooney is said to be in talks to play Napoleon Solo in the big screen version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. Robert Vaughn played Solo in the original 1960s TV series.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows the exploits of two secret agents, who work for a fictitious secret international law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. (the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement).

Updated: Final Trailer For 'TRON:Legacy'

Final trailer for the Joseph Kosinski-directed 'TRON:Legacy,' starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett and Michael Sheen.

In 'TRON: Legacy', Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges), a man once known as the world's leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn's Arcade—a signal that could only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

It opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 17 2010.

Update: International Trailer for TRON: LEGACY

Update 2:Cast and crew talk 'Tron Legacy'

Trailer #2 For Na Hong-jin's 'The Murderer/Yellow Sea'

Second trailer for Na Hong-jin's follow up to 'The Chaser', 'The Murderer/Yellow Sea.'

On the Chinese side of the China-Russia-North Korea border, there is a region called Yanbian, Korean Autonomous Prefecture. This film tells the story of a man from this region, who embarks on an assassination mission to South Korea in order to pay off his mounting debts. He is only given $500 in advance and takes the job without knowing much about his target. However, before long a series of conspiracies and betrayals bring him to the realization that he has been tricked into entering a dangerous trap.

Mark Ruffalo Talks Hulk

Mark Ruffalo sat down in a recent interview with IGN to chat exclusively about his upcoming role as the Hulk in The Avengers and share his thoughts on the just announced live-action Hulk TV series:
IGN: Has there been anything in your career to prepare you for a role like Hulk in The Avengers? The built-in fanbase, the instant scrutiny. I can't imagine anything short of taking on one of the biggest roles in theater that will have more sets of eyes on it. Not to get you nervous.

Mark Ruffalo: It's like doing a sex scene. It's like doing a sex scene with 20 total strangers standing around and someone telling you how you can do it better. All eyes are on you, right?

IGN: You're still shooting in the spring?

Ruffalo: In April.

IGN: What can you possibly do to prepare for a role like this besides just learn your lines? How the hell do you prepare to play the Hulk?

Ruffalo: You dust off. You go back. I think you go right back to the beginning and dust off your first issue of Avengers and I've been doing that. I've been watching the 100 hours of Bill Bixby's Hulk. And I've been really thinking about the inception, the original motivation of that character and why they came up with that character. He's a cross between Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. I'm finding a lot of stuff there. And I'm actually going to be physically playing the Hulk. No other actor's ever done that. So I've been getting into Tai Chi and Pilates and doing a lot of movement stuff. I don't know what I want to do with it exactly, but I've been working physically to bring the leviathan alive.

IGN: I know you're still preparing for the role and things can change, but how do you even go about playing repressed rage without seeming too muted? It's a tough challenge.

Ruffalo: Rage is an intense thing. It's big, it's huge. It's your whole body, and so I'm not going to compare myself to any other Hulks. I just know that I want that rage to be as real as possible. I want that when he goes off that you feel it in me. That it happens to me first and then it becomes Hulk. I don't think it's simultaneous. It's interesting. It takes some people quite a bit to get to rage.

IGN: You don't strike me as angry guy. You seem pretty chill and likable. Is it going to be tough for you to find that rage?

Ruffalo: No. (laughs) If you knew me as a younger actor -- or even in What Doesn't Kill You that guy's able to access rage and he dragged that guy out of his car. I've heard some of the fans and I totally respect them and I hear their concern about Mark Ruffalo being a nice guy, but I assure you just like everybody else I have my very dark side. Maybe more because I'm an actor. That's not what I'm really worried about. What I'm worried about is bringing some spark of originality and spontaneity to that character. He's the only one who doesn't want to be there [in the Avengers] really. Everyone else is sort of digging on their super powers and he's the only one who doesn't want to be there, which could be an incredibly uninteresting person to spend two hours with. (laughs)

IGN: Have you been instructed at all by producer Kevin Feige or Marvel about what particular run of the comics to read? You mentioned the Bixby TV series, but it seems like the movies are drawing more from the Ultimate comics.

Ruffalo: Obviously, where he lives and breathes is the last generation of comics. World War Hulk and that's really the modern version of it. In those comics he's mostly Bruce Banner. He doesn't change into the Hulk all the time. I'm waiting to get the finished draft of the script because I don't know what I'm going to be doing until I get that, but I'm hoping that he's just going to be a dynamic, nuanced character.

IGN: There have been many iterations of Hulk. The gray Hulk, the talking Hulk. Is yours going to be a speaking, thinking one or just more of a pure primal force?

Ruffalo: I don't know. We ended the last Hulk with him smiling and you feel like he's getting control of it. And I don't know how deep we're gonna get into that, but my general feeling is for Bruce Banner/the Hulk and what I hope we talk about is that Bruce Banner is slowly but surely -- it's like riding a wild mustang. At some point you do start to get it a little but under control. And like I said, I don't know what the final script's gonna be, but we've talked a lot about him at some point being able to penetrate his consciousness with the consciousness of the goliath.

IGN: They've announced that Guillermo del Toro's doing a live-action TV series of the Hulk. It sounds almost like a prequel to what you guys are doing in Avengers. What are your thoughts on there being another live-action iteration of the Hulk at the same time as yours?

Ruffalo: Dude, it's like my generation's Hamlet. It looks like we're all gonna get a shot at it. I guess the more the merrier, you know?

IGN: At least you'll be tuning into it, I guess.

Ruffalo: Yeah!