This Marvel Star Was Told ‘You’ll Never Make It as an Actor’


The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a talent-rich blockbuster action movie franchise on list A. But one star of the series was told that they had no future in acting. Here’s what the MCU visual director said about it.

Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo den MCU
Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo den MCU | Portraits of Albert L. Ortega / Getty

Before the Marmat Cinematic Universe, Mark Ruffalo had a humble beginning

Fans recognize Mark Ruffalo as the actor who brought Bruce Banner, aka Hulk, to life in the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film, The Avengers, in 2012. He also re-enacted the place in several MCU films and will voice the character in an upcoming TV series.

But years before he grabbed the silver screen in the multi-billion-dollar franchise, the actor began as a humble student. He spoke to him Variety about his experience learning the craft at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Los Angeles.

An MCU alum told the rebel, “I lived in San Diego and basically just surfed and smoked herbs and went nowhere very fast.” Variety noted that Ruffalo took the advice of a friend and went to Stella Adler to go on trial with instructor Joanne Linville.

Here I am, this child from Kenosha, Wis., Who was dyslexic, barely got through high school, and I went in, and talked to Joanne. She interviewed me for like 10 minutes. It was like, ‘You belong here, dear.’ I was never told I belonged somewhere. I’ve never been so happy about learning all my life as I embarked on that journey.

Mark Ruffalo in Variety

Ruffalo remembered the first real hearing going awry

Linville became a progressive force in Ruffalo’s acting training. But not all meetings were as helpful for the future MCU star. In the Variety interview, Ruffalo shared the story of being hit hard in his first real test.

“I was scared and had so little confidence. I did a few play-throughs, but had my first real test after high school for SUNY Purchase. After hearing me, the department head said, ‘What are you going to do when you realize that you will never do it as an actor? ‘”

Thinking about what he was saying to that rude man today, Ruffalo laughed, “Maybe you should get a new line of work.”

The actor became an A-list movie star

Despite the disastrous test, Ruffalo stayed the course and continued to dream. And as it turned out, a big mistake was made on the head of the department who was skeptical of the star’s abilities.

In addition to his stopping attempt as a Hulk, Ruffalo has recorded several other gigs on television and in movies. Some of his most popular roles include inbound parts 54, Eternal sun of the spotless mind, 13 Going 30, the children are all right, and Shutter Island.

Ruffalo has plenty of crowd joy in his retrospect and hasn’t shown a slower pace. He soon shares the big screen with Chris Pine in the Walter Cronkite-centric biopic, News Press Release.

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