Question: What was it about this project that made you sign on and get involved?
MARK RUFFALO: Um — Jesse Eisenberg. I read it and I thought it was a really fun thing. It’s something I’d never done. I got to do some action stuff in it and I thought it was really kind of a clever script. It had a clever twist in it. And I just thought it would be one of those movies that is just a fun ride.
Do you have magician envy?
RUFFALO: I’m a little bummed out that I don’t get to do any tricks, but I got something up my sleeve.
You used to work in a bar as a bartender. Did you see a lot of guys pulling magic tricks on women and stuff?
RUFFALO: Magicians, just a general note, don’t get laid. I hate to say that. [Asks woman] Are you into magicians? [She respondes “No.”]
Do you think David Copperfield got his ass kicked as a kid?
RUFFALO: I don’t know, but he’s not doing so badly right now I don’t think.
If you’re a really good magician, I would imagine you could…
RUFFALO: You know, we were at a party once and there’s these street magicians that I’ve seen perform. David Blaine, I was at a party and he was doing some stuff and I thought my wife was gonna run off with him. And then Keith Barry who’s one of our consultants on this, who’s actually Woody Harrelson’s consultant who’s a great hypnotist and a great street magician, could be very, very seductive as well.
[Referring to cut on his Face] Is that a Dave Franco-inflicted wound you have on your cheek there?
RUFFALO: This is a Dave Franco special. He whipped a card at me.
A couple of them.
RUFFALO: A couple of them, yeah.
You’ve played a police officer before, but what’s different about Dylan?
RUFFALO: He’s kind of a rogue, he’s very spermy, he’s kind of mangy and a little sassy. Most of the cops I’ve played are pretty straightforward cops. He’s much more kind of an outsider, you know? They call it a street agent, you know. There’s desk agents and street agents basically in the FBI. He’s kind of unorthodox and he loves being on the street and he’s tough and he doesn’t shave, he doesn’t really follow the rules. He’s something of a lummox. He’s always screwing things up, but does it with a lot of authority.