Monday, July 12, 2010

Hulk. Out.

After this weekend's round-robin of Hulk-related Avengers news, which crescendoed yesterday with Marvel's Kevin Feige and Edward Norton's agent launching cannons at each other like old time naval ships, the one person everyone was waiting to hear from was the man at the center of the controversy.  And Norton has now addressed it head-on via his Facebook page, exhibiting a heck of a lot more class and grace than the Marvel honchos have done in this whole messy situation up to this point. Here's the full Norton statement (with a tip of the hat to Rob Hewitt for doing the heavy-lifting of typing it up so I could do the ol' copy 'n' paste):
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. I sincerely hoped it would 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. And I really can’t thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you’ve sent my way about what Louis [Leterrier] and I tried to do in our turn with the legend. It means a lot to me. I grew up with Banner and the 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
And that, as they say, would appear to be that.  So, who's next?

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