William Hurt Sheds Light on Iron Man/Incredible Hulk Crossover
Plus: "The moment of turn when society's relationship with Hulk stops being so stupid."
Quite the contrary. As MTV News reports, Marvel is "aggressively cross-pollinating its superheroes," and has planned a pair of nifty cameos to prove it. First, fans will see Samuel L. Jackson appear in Iron Man May 2, playing S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Nick Fury; then, in June 13's The Incredible Hulk, who should be popping up but Iron Man himself -- Robert Downey Jr.?
William Hurt, busy promoting The Yellow Handkerchief, took a few moments to answer MTV's questions about Downey's Hulk cameo, and opened his comments with the following:
"I don't know how it'll work...I know it's weird [to work with a character from another movie], and to know it's a device. We did something; I don't know what that's going to be like [to watch]."
Hurt went on to stress the difference between The Incredible Hulk and its Ang Lee-directed predecessor, 2003's Hulk:
"Liv Tyler, I play her father, General Ross. There's a scene, and during that scene there are a number of things happening. [Hulk] has beaten Abomination, and then there's a crowd that gathers around, and they realize that he's beaten Abomination. That Abomination was the one who was killing for just the joy of killing; Hulk is not the one. It's the moment of turn when society's relationship with Hulk stops being so stupid...I want to see the relationship between Hulk and a world that realizes he's not the villain."
Calling himself a huge fan of the Hulk comics, and deeming Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier's version of the character "stylistically, a completely different film," Hurt also gave MTV his analysis of the script, written by Zak Penn and star Edward Norton:
"[It] has to do with the fact that [Banner's] conscience still exists in a body that is a manifestation of power and is greater than his own ability to control it -- and how he's learning that relationship. Because that's what's happening to us. That's the central metaphor for all of us, that we're learning these powers -- technological powers, whatever -- that we don't know if we have enough conscience to control in a wise way yet. And that's what he's doing."
Of course, anyone can make a movie sound good before audiences have seen it -- and Hurt is quick to admit that the film's fate is "so out of" his hands -- but still, it's awfully hard to read this stuff and not be at least a little excited to get a look at The Incredible Hulk, no?
Source: MTV Movies