|Hulk; Source: The Avengers (2012)|
1. Director Joss Whedon wanted the Hulk to resemble Ruffalo so he wouldn't seem like a separate character from Bruce Banner.
|Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo on set of The Avengers|
3. Mark Ruffalo said he wouldn't have taken the role if he hadn't gotten to motion capture the Hulk.
4. Ruffalo called Ed Norton (Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk) to see if it would be okay before he accepted the role.
Steve Romm provided the model for the body of the Hulk.
6. A detailed life mask of Ruffalo's head, hands, and feet was created to use for the production, including pores, blemishes, and facial hair.
7. Ruffalo modeled the Hulk's lumbering movements off of gorillas.
8. Knowing the Hulk would be used in close-ups, the CGI model has an incredible level of detail including body hair, armpit hair, nose hair, stubble, and graying hair around the temples.
9. Whedon wanted the Hulk to have the softer body of a wrestler, as opposed to the chiseled and cut look of a bodybuilder as in the 2008 Hulk.
|Hulk roaring, The Incredible Hulk (2008)|
10. The Hulk is intentionally paunchy so there would be some bounce to his movements, and also room for muscles to flex.
11. Ruffalo said his first thought of the Hulk's design was that it looked like his father when he was angry.
12. The FX crew felt the Hulk in previous movies lacked a sense of weight, and wanted their Hulk to really feel like he weighed almost two thousand pounds.
14. The Hulk hunched over when he was at rest so he would stay in frame with the other actors.
15. Mark Ruffalo appeared on set in his motion capture suit to record his movements. The suit had a fake Hulk torso to capture the size and width of the finished CGI version.
16. Ruffalo would then perform a take on a full motion capture stage.
17. To keep the Hulk from either being too washed-out or pop out too much, ILM would render the Hulk in grayscale and increase the green until it fit the scene. As a result, the tone of green used in the Hulk's skin color changes throughout the movie.
18. The FX team at ILM had so many problems with the Hulk's skin tone that they wrote "green is hard" on their whiteboard.
19. Ruffalo found the motion capture bodysuit unflattering and requested a less revealing bodysuit for future movies.
20. The studio was so happy with Ruffalo's performance that he's been signed for six more movies to portray the Hulk, including a possible solo movie.
|Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.); The Avengers (2012)|
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