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Edward Norton Fights Back Against Hulk Drama

Edward Norton Fights Back Against Hulk Drama
Mon., Jul. 12, 2010 12:17 PM PDT by Marc Malkin

UPDATE: Edward Norton just released a statement on Facebook.

"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," his statement reads in part.

"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 could happen and be great for everyone, but it hasn't turned out as well as we 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."


Imagine if Edward Norton really could rage like the Hulk. Let's just say Marvel Studios would have plenty to fear.

The actor's agent is fighting back after this weekend's announcement that his client will not be reprising his role as the green-skinned musclehead for Joss Whedon's upcoming superhero flick, The Avengers.

And, of course, the guessing game of who will land the role has already begun.

Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige said in a statement yesterday that the reason Norton wasn't cast is not because of financial reasons, "but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble." HitFix first reported Marvel's decision not to go with Norton.

Blasting Feige's statement as "unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory," Norton's agent Brian Swardstrom said the Oscar-nominee "was enthusiastic at the prospect of being a part of the ensemble.

"Marvel subsequently made him a financial offer to be in the film and both sides started negotiating in good faith," he continued. "This past Wednesday, after several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions, but before we had come to terms on a deal, a representative from Marvel called to say they had decided to go in another direction with the part."

Norton's team assumed it was a "financial decision," Swardstrom said, "but, whatever the case, it is completely their prerogative, and we accepted their decision with no hard feelings."

Feige apparently called Swardstrom two months ago to say Marvel wanted Norton as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, even going so far as to say it was "his fantasy to bring Edward on stage with the rest of the cast at ComiCon and make it the event of the convention," according to Swardstrom's statement.

No word yet from Marvel, but if they're still looking to make a splash with a Hulk announcement at ComiCon, they better act fast. The geekapalooza festival kicks off in San Diego, California on July 22.

Could Joaquin Phoenix be the one? Movie website Chud is reporting that the wacky actor has already been offered the part.

Reps for Marvel and Phoenix did not immediately comment.

(Originally published July 12, 2010, at 10:53 a.m. PT)


Motherless Brooklyn (2010) (announced).....Lionel Essrog
Leaves of Grass(2009) (pre-production) (rumored)
The Incredible Hulk(2008) (post-production) .... Bruce Banner
Pride and Glory(2008) (completed) .... Ray Tierney
The Painted Veil (2006) .... Walter Fane
The Illusionist (2006) .... Eisenheim
Down in the Valley (2005) .... Harlan
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) .... King Baldwin
The Italian Job (2003) .... Steve
25th Hour (2002) .... Monty Brogan
Red Dragon (2002) .... Will Graham
Frida (2002) .... Nelson Rockefeller
Death to Smoochy(2002) .... Sheldon Mopes
The Score(2001) .... Jack Teller
"The Simpsons" .... Devon Bradley (1 episode, 2000) - The Great Money Caper (2000) TV episode (voice) .... Devon Bradley
Keeping the Faith (2000) .... Father Brian Finn
Fight Club (1999) .... The Narrator
American History X(1998) .... Derek Vinyard
Rounders (1998) .... Lester 'Worm' Murphy
Everyone Says I Love You (1996) .... Holden Spence
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) .... Alan J. Isaacman
Primal Fear (1996) .... Aaron Stampler
Only in America (1994) (V) (as Ed Norton) .... Duane/James/Bruno/Eric/The Museum Guard