Noble Norton Responds To Avengers Axing

EDWARD NORTON has broken his silence after learning he won't be reprising his role as THE INCREDIBLE HULK in upcoming movie THE AVENGERS, insisting he's "sad" to have disappointed film fans with his departure.
Norton, who played Dr. Bruce Banner and his hot-headed monstrous alter-ego in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, was set to reprise his role in the 2012 star-studded superhero blockbuster - but he has been taken out of the running by executives at Marvel Studios.
President of Production Kevin Feige publicly announced on Sunday (11Jun10) that Norton would be replaced by an actor who "embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members".
The Fight Club star is taking the dismissal in his stride, insisting he's "grateful" to have had a shot at the role before negotiations came to a halt and he's thanking fans for their support.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Norton writes, "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 there it goes: 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 so grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for the chance to be 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... It means a lot to me.
"I grew up with Banner and 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?"


Contactmusic

Tags: Edward Norton - Incredible Hulk - The Avengers

Advertisement

More Edward Norton

Emma Stone And Edward Norton Arrive At Venice Film Festival 'Birdman' Premiere

'Birdman' stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton made their arrivals on the red carpet at the movie's premiere held at the 71st Venice Film Festival....

Emma Stone Attends 'Birdman' Premiere At 71st Venice Film Festival [Pictures]

Emma Stone looked fabulous whilst attending the opening of the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday (27th August). Emma Stone was sporting a new haircut...

Venice Film Festival: So 'Birdman' Just Joined the Oscars Race. Big Time.

After the trailer hit, there was always the sense with Birdman was probably going to be very, very impressive but perhaps a little too avant-garde...

Birdman Trailer

20 years ago, Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) played the iconic Birdman - a comic book hero for the big screen. Having watched his career dissolve...

Advertisement

It's Official: Chuck Palahniuk is Working on 'Fight Club 2'

18 years since Fight Club ripped up the rule book for modern day American fiction, Chuck Palahniuk has confirmed he is working on a sequel...

Michael Keaton v Edward Norton: What We Learnt From The ‘Birdman’ Trailer

Michael Keaton is back in action with a new film on the way entitled Birdman, which actually looks as strange as it sounds. But from...

Birdman Trailer

Riggan Thompson used to be a major movie star having played a much-loved onscreen superhero, Birdman, in his more prolific years. However, he's starting to...

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ Could Have Oscars Shout [Trailer + Pictures]

We always had a feeling that Birdman was going to be good. It has a lot going for it. Babel’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is behind...

Advertisement

Comments

k2datrack's picture

k2datrack

Better bring him back in...or get ready for a huge flop...no one cares about the creativity and collaborative spirit...bla bla bla...Look..if u guys dont put him back in...get ready for a major flop! cos iron man 2 wasnt exactly good either...and ppl are lookin for a breath of fresh air...not replacements!!!
Import Source: 
comments.nsf
Import Date: 
1322488753

4 years 2 months ago
Report
View Comments

Edward Norton Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Edward Norton

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All