It is fairly well known by now that the production of 2008's The Incredible Hulk was not a happy one.
There have been two movies produced which focus on that character - Hulk and The Incredible Hulk. Eric Bana played Bruce Banner in the first movie before he was replaced by Edward Norton for the second.
The inconsistent casting would continue as the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew, as Mark Ruffalo would take on the role for The Avengers as well as numerous subsequent movies and television shows within the MCU.
According to a new book focusing on the rise of the MCU, Norton is one of a few names who are no longer welcome back to a Marvel feature. Studio chief Kevin Feige said the actor didn't show enough passion for the project.
Louis Leterrier vs. William Hurt
The director of The Incredible Hulk, Louis Leterrier, also clashed on-set with William Hurt, who played General Thaddeus Ross.
“William Hurt didn’t want the moustache to act him out. The size of the moustache was a discussion,” Leterrier said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
“But sometimes he and I clashed. You have two types of actors. You got your partners, your best friends that you have to cajole all day, and then the people who like to have these arguments. They feed off that. That’s how he worked.
“One day he was screaming at me, ‘You don’t know anything about actors!' Too bad for him he was in the giant helicopter at the end and I was at the control. He was like, ‘You have to find the button to the nuclear plant…’ I took the joystick and shook him and he fell and looked at me and was like, ‘I like you!’ That was it. He just wanted to have a little bit of a fight.”
Incredible Hulk, The
Action / Scifi
2008 • 112 minutes