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Mark Graces ‘Details’ Magazine Cover

Mark Ruffalo is on the cover of Details magazine this month, where he opens up about quitting acting, the ugly side of Hollywood and why he decided to return to acting. Keep reading for quotes from the interview, which hits newsstands April 26.

On quitting acting in 2009:
“I’d had it with L.A., and I really had it with the business side of acting, the machinery of it all. You’re an artist, but then all of a sudden you’re a product at the same time, and there’s this company that’s sprung up around you. I got depressed. I was losing my love for it. So I said, ‘I’m done.’ I fired everybody and moved my family out here (Callicoon, NY). I had to make a radical move. The Kids Are All Right was my swan song. I didn’t know what I was doing next.”

On struggling to make it as an actor:
“It was brutal. The years are stripping away, but when you talk to anyone from home, you’re saying something like ‘Well, I’m just working on my craft right now,’ when the truth is that I can’t get a f***ing job because no one will hire me. It was humiliating.”

On deciding to continue acting:
What brought Ruffalo back this latest time was sitting in the audience at Sundance, where The Kids Are All Right made its debut in 2010, and, after the first peal of laughter, “watching everyone’s jaded, super cool Hollywood identities melt into the communal experience of filmmaking and storytelling. It reminded me: I’m an actor, and my whole life has been geared towards being an actor.”

On acting in a computer-generated style movie:
Ruffalo makes the counterintuitive connection between motion-capture acting and the theater. “It’s the absolute perfect marriage because it relies on your imagination, your ability to project outside of yourself, to be the watcher and the watched. A stage actor has to be able to do that, because you’re telling the story with your body as much as your face and voice.”

On not training to be The Incredible Hulk:
“No, no, no. Look, I’m eating guacamole and potato chips….You think Tom Cruise does this?”

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