Next year, Mark takes his first step into the bizarro world of franchise film-making, when he takes over the role of The Hulk from Edward Norton in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. It’s not the kind of part he would never have taken on before, but Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man performances have helped change the perception of such roles.
“You’re taking a flying fuck at a rolling donut in these movies,” he says, “because you don’t exactly have a finished script. The only thing that you have any understanding of is the people you’re going to work with, that’s the only quantifiable factor. But Robert calls me, and he’s like, ‘This is gonna be fun.’ Because we worked together on Zodiac, and I grew up with The Hulk, especially the Lou Ferrigno Hulk.”