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Mark’s Turn to Hit the Gym for “The Avengers”

Wanted: an actor to hit the gym regularly to be in shape for a comic book superhero role.

This year alone, several actors are hitting the gym to build muscles for their comic book roles. The partial list includes Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Christian Bale’s Batman and Tom Hardy’s Bane. Now actor Mark Ruffalo needs to hit the gym, but to lose weight and be in shape.

“Oh, baby. I’m getting hard!” said Ruffalo to EW after the Oscars. “I’ve lost 15 pounds and I’ve put another five on of just strapping, pure USDA beef.”

Ruffalo was named to play Bruce Banner/Hulk at the last San Diego Comic-Con International for the upcoming Marvel’s mega-superhero movie The Avengers.

Unlike the other superheroes, Ruffalo is aiming to be skinnier and not buffer.

“They want me mean and lean, but they don’t want me big and buff,” said Ruffalo to EW back in November.

According to EW, his workout routine probably includes Taekwondo, Pilates and some gymnastics. As for the Hulk, Ruffalo will be wearing a motion-capture suit to play the bulked up character.

Director Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” will begin production soon. The film assembles the all-star superhero cast of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Ruffalo as the Hulk.

The film is scheduled to be in theaters next year on May 4. (Source)