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Mark Ruffalo (born 22.11.1967) Mark Ruffalo is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer.
Childhood: Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo Jr. His mother was a hairdresser and his father was a construction worker. Mark was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school, as did his two sisters Tania and Nicole and brother Scott.
As a teenager, Mark Ruffalo was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and he graduated from First Colonial High School, before moving with his family to San Diego, then Los Angeles.
Whilst in Los Angeles, Ruffalo took classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory, which counts Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty and Robert de Niro amongst its alumni. He went on to form the Orpheus Theatre Company.
Acting Career: In the late 1990s, Mark Ruffalo had a number of small film roles, in productions such as The Dentist, an American horror film, 1998's Safe Men, starring Sam Rockwell. In 1999, he landed a role in Ang Lee's Civil War Western, Ride with the Devil.
After collaborating with the writer Kenneth Lonergan, Ruffalo eventually ended up playing the role of Terry, alongside Laura Linney in Lonergan's Oscar-nominated film You Can Count on Me in 2000.
The success of this role led to a number of others, including the lead in XX/XY along with Kathleen Robertson and a role opposite Sarah Polley in My Life Without Me. In 2003, Ruffalo starred in In The Cut, alongside Meg Ryan and then took a role the following year in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which starred Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst.
2004 saw Ruffalo starring alongside Tom Cruise in the Michael Mann thriller Collateral. The film also featured Jamie Foxx. After his work in Collateral, Ruffalo went on to star in a number of more light-hearted 'chick-flicks', such as 2005's Just Like Heaven, with Reese Witherspoon and Jon Heder.
Returning to theatre, Mark Ruffalo starred in the 2006 production of Awake and Sing at New York's Belasco Theatre. His performance earned him a Tony Award nomination.
In 2007, Mark Ruffalo appeared as the SFPD homicide inspector Dave Toschi in Zodiac, along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. That same year, Ruffalo starred in Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix. Ruffalo's next major role was to play a con man in The Brothers Bloom, along with Rachel Weisz and Adrien Brody. This was followed by a brief role in Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are, which featured a soundtrack by Karen O of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
In 2010, Mark Ruffalo co-starred in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, along with Leonardo Dicaprio and Michelle Williams. Later that year, he starred in The Kids are Alright, with Julianne Moore and Annette Bening.
Personal Life: Mark Ruffalo was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in 2002. As a result of the tumour, he briefly suffered a period of partial facial paralysis.
Mark Ruffalo's brother, Scott, was shot dead in Beverley Hills in 2008.
In 2000, Mark Ruffalo married the French-American actress Sunrise Coigney. They have three children together: son Keene and daughters Bella Noche and Odette.
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Sebastian Stan's first big audition was "brutal" when the casting director didn't even turn away from his computer to watch.
The 33-year-old actor is now part of one of the biggest film series in the world, Marvel's Captain America movies, taking on the role of Bucky Barnes/ Winter Soldier. Success didn't come easily though and there is still one moment from when he was starting out that continues to haunt him.
“Most of the people I admire as actors didn't make it until their mid-30s: the Mark Ruffalos, the John Hawkeses of the world," he told Backstage magazine. "One of my first big auditions for a casting director in New York - who’s amazing, I’m not going to say their name - I walked into the audition, and they were on their computer doing an email.
“The assistant was behind them. And I said ‘Hi,’ and they didn’t turn around. They said, ‘Yeah, go ahead.’ And then I read with the assistant, and the casting director didn’t even turn once! I was in the same room, they were continuing to type the email while I was in there doing it! Just brutal.”
Continue reading: Sebastian Stan 'Brutally' Ignored During First Big Audition
Tom Hiddleston sees a bit of himself in his Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo.
The two actors are both known for their positive outlooks and laid-back natures, much to the delight of both fans and interviewers.
However, 35-year-old Tom disagrees with people who claim his enthusiasm and optimistic outlook is his natural state, explaining it’s actually a choice he consciously makes.
"I said to (Mark when I met him), 'you have such a sunny disposition!' And he does. He’s such a nice man, the rumours are true," Tom told Britain’s Esquire magazine. "And he said, 'the bigger the front, the bigger the back, man!' And he gave me this look like, 'you know what I mean.' And I think that’s true of me, too.
Continue reading: Tom Hiddleston: 'Being Happy Is A Choice, Not A Natural State'
Filmmaker Joss Whedon is still proud of his work on The Avengers franchise, despite feeling like a "miserable failure" after the "exhaustive" process.
Joss wrote and directed The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as spin-off TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But during the press tour for last year's (15) Age of Ultron film, he repeatedly suggested he was at odds with Marvel bosses over various elements of the film, and even vowed to sever his ties with the studio.
However, during a Tribeca Film Festival talk on Monday (18Apr16) with Mark Ruffalo, who played Bruce Banner/Hulk in the films, Joss concedes he is still very proud of what he created for the studio and for fans.
"There are things that did not meet my expectations of myself, and I was so beaten down by the process," he explained. "Some of that was conflicting with Marvel, which is inevitable, but a lot of it was about my own work. And I was also exhausted, and then we went right away and did publicity, and I sort of created the narrative, wherein I’m not quite accomplished, and people just ran with that: ‘Well, it’s okay, it could be better, but it's not Joss' fault.’ And I think that did a disservice to the movie and to the studio and to myself. Ultimately, it was not the right way to be, because I am very proud of it."
Continue reading: Joss Whedon Still Proud Of Avengers Despite 'Miserable Failure'
Whedon back-tracked on his negative comments last year, saying they did a "disservice" to himself and the movie.
A year after he guided the massive Avengers: Age of Ultron to the big screen and washed his hands once and for all of blockbuster sequels, director Joss Whedon has at last spoken about his negative reaction to the Marvel movie’s release at the time.
When the superhero sequel was released in May last year, many fans initially reacted with indifference to the movie in comparison to its 2012 predecessor The Avengers. While it was far from disastrous, taking $1.4 billion in box offices worldwide, Whedon himself said some pretty negative things about the project during the subsequent press tour.
Joss Whedon said some pretty negative things about 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' when it was released a year ago
Mark Ruffalo has called for Americans to vote for U.S. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to bring about a political revolution based on love.
The actor, who is a prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton's opponent in the race to be named the Democratic candidate in November's (16) presidential election, appeared in the advert alongside film director Mark Clarke.
The advert, which will aired in Mark's home state of Wisconsin ahead of Tuesday's (05Apr16) Democratic presidential primary election sees him call for people to vote for the Vermont Senator to bring about what he calls a "re-love-lution," saying Bernie's campaign is "based on a kind of love".
The Spotlight star does not show much love for the American political system however, as he addresses voters in between clips of the left-wing candidate on the campaign trail.
Continue reading: Mark Ruffalo Calls For Love Revolution In Bernie Sanders Ad
The Four Horsemen aren't just magicians; they're illusionists with an agenda. Their initial stunt was so spectacular that no one saw it coming - especially Arthur Tressler, a very wealthy businessman who owns multiple businesses including an insurance firm.
It's been a year since The Four Horsemen performed their spectacular stunt which saw them send Thaddeus Bradley to prison and Tressler almost bankrupt. Now the team are back with another target in their sights - this time they plan on targeting a crooked tech magnate but before they get chance to fulfil their new illusion, they group find themselves in unknown surroundings with little knowledge of how they arrived.
With their reputations on the line, the four magicians must pull off their biggest trick of all in order to save their name whilst also exposing the puppet master pulling all the strings from above.
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Spotlight, the gripping drama that recounts The Boston Globe's efforts to uncover sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, has triumphed at the Independent Spirit Awards, winning five trophies.
The movie, which stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel MCAdams, Michael Keaton and Liev Schreiber, nabbed the honour of Best Feature at the beachside ceremony in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday (27Feb16).
The awards show, organised by Film Independent, also addressed the diversity issue in Hollywood by rewarding first-time performers, including black transgender actress Mya Taylor, with top awards.
The show's hosts, Saturday Night Live's Kate MCKinnon and Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani, poked fun at the Oscar's diversity controversy, and Kate joked, "We're going to do everything you can't do at the Oscars. We're going to nominate some nominees that aren't white."
Continue reading: Spotlight Triumphs At Independent Spirit Awards
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Mark Ruffalo has added his name to a campaign launched to stop the drilling of an oil well in Northern Ireland.
Protesters contacted the actor and clean water activist after officials gave a company the go ahead to drill in Woodburn Forest near Belfast.
They are concerned its proximity to a reservoir will cause chemicals related to the drilling process to contaminate the water supply.
In a letter to Northern Irish politicians, written on behalf of his Water Defense foundation, The Avengers star accused the officials of not properly scrutinising plans for the prospective oil well.
Continue reading: Mark Ruffalo Wades Into Oil Dispute
Mark Ruffalo's drama Spotlight was the biggest winner at the 2016 Satellite Awards on Sunday night (21Feb16), securing four trophies.
The journalism movie, about a newspaper investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests, lead the nominations when they were announced in December (15) and managed to sweep the board when the winners were revealed at the International Press Academy’s 20th annual ceremony in Los Angeles.
It won the coveted Best Motion Picture prize, plus awards for Best Ensemble, Best Director for Tom MCCarthy and Best Original Screenplay for MCCarthy and Josh Singer.
Leonardo Dicaprio continued his winning streak for The Revenant by winning the Best Actor trophy, while Saoirse Ronan scooped the Best Actress for Brooklyn. Christian Bale and Alicia Vikander took the supporting prizes for The Big Short and The Danish Girl respectively.
Continue reading: Spotlight Wins Top Honours At Satellite Awards
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Rebel Wilson sparked controversy while presenting an award at the BAFTAs on Sunday (14Feb16) by stating she's "been practising her transgender face" in the hopes of winning a prize.
The Australian star took to the stage at London's Royal Opera House to hand out the Best Supporting Actor gong. During her speech she poked fun at the ongoing issue of diversity in Hollywood, which has seen the upcoming Oscars critcised for the lack of black actors on its nominations list.
"I've never been to the Oscars, because as you know, they are racist," she is quoted as saying by EmpireOnline.com. "But BAFTA have diverse members and that's what we all want to see in life, isn't it? Diverse members. One day I hope to return here to win a BAFTA myself. I have already been practicing my transgender face."
Rebel also poked fun at BAFTA nominee Idris Elba's sex symbol status during her speech. He was in the running for the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role in Beasts of No Nation, and the comedienne explained she was finding it hard to be in the same room as the black movie star on Valentine's Day (14Feb16).
Continue reading: Rebel Wilson Courts Controversy At Baftas
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