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  • Mark and Jessica Chastain was paired on Variety Studios Actors on Actors and today alongside the cover was released a portrait (which you can find in our gallery) and another excerpt from the interview. Check it:

    Ruffalo: So I would assume that you’re an actor who doesn’t mind a proper rehearsal.
    Chastain: Yes, I love it.
    Ruffalo: And do you think that comes from your training? Being onstage?
    Chastain: Definitely, but I have been in situations where they say, “Yes, we need you for a week of rehearsal before,” and then you just end up sitting in your hotel room for a week.
    Ruffalo: So do you find that the art of rehearsing been lost? I mean I feel like a lot of people don’t know how to rehearse.
    Chastain: Well to me, it always depends on the actor. Because sometimes it’s great when the first time you say the lines with the other person is caught on camera. For me, rehearsal isn’t about going over the scene over and over again; it’s about going through the script as who I am — not as the character — and saying, what does this line mean and how long have we known each other? … Fleshing out as much as you can that’s not on the page, and building the relationship with the other actor.
    Ruffalo: So do you feel more free because of that? Did you improvise a little bit?
    Chastain: Actually, (with) Christopher Nolan for “Interstellar,” I was shocked, because I thought he wouldn’t want improvisation. But one of the very first days, I had these speeches to do, and Chris said to me, “OK, why don’t you just put it in your own words now?” The more you rehearse and know your character — even if you’re rehearsing on your own — the easier it is to improvise. Did you guys improvise?
    Ruffalo: Yeah, we would start on the script, and then break free, and it wouldn’t be much, maybe a little exercise that then (we) would refine. (Director Bennett Miller) would say, “I really like that. Let’s take that piece of improvisation, do it again, see where we go if we add this (other) element.” So we were building. And then he’d strip out all the dialogue, and it would be a physicalization — you know, hold that moment, don’t feel compelled to say anything, but let that improvisation inform what’s happening between the two of you. And sometimes in those improvisations, there would be a long silence, or there would be some physical thing that came out of the improvisation that would be the whole scene.

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  • December 02, 2014
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  • Three of the best performances in American film this year – by Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum – are all in the same movie. That movie is Foxcatcher (which opened Friday), the latest from Bennett Miller, director of Capote (2005), about writer Truman Capote, and Moneyball (2011), about baseball manager Billy Beane.

    The Globe sat down with the three actors at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to talk about Foxcatcher and the roles that represent some of the best work of their careers.

    And as actors, you have to love and honour them. It’s hard for me to talk about John du Pont in an abstract way with Steve sitting right here.

    The first thing that strikes me is that this is a story that relates to being an actor. Like these wrestlers, you have talent and years of training, and then these people, who have deep pockets, tell you they know what’s best. Did it strike a chord?

    Carell: Hmm. Well, I think that’s true of almost any business you can think of. There’s always power and influence and different levels of stature, which pertains to acting or almost anywhere we turn.

    Ruffalo: Also, with John du Pont’s money and power and stature – he’s an heir. It wasn’t something he earned. In our business, when you walk in and meet a producer or director, they’re also people with talent. Once we go off and do our thing, we’re working with a director, we’re one step removed from all that.

    Tatum: I always feel these guys are way more experienced than I am and I want to trade for some of their experience. It wasn’t like Bennett Miller bought his ability to make a movie.

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  • November 29, 2014
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  • National Post has published a great Q&A with Mark about Foxcatcher. Read below some excerpts:

    Mark Ruffalo has long been a secret weapon. Whether it’s his whip-smart detective in the Tom Cruise thriller Collateral or very credible Hulk in The Avengers, the 47-year-old excels at bringing unexpected sparks to projects that have flashier, more obvious draws. In Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s dark drama about Olympian wrestlers Dave and Mark Schultz (but also, you know, The Death of the American Dream), a villainous Steve Carell was initially pegged as the film’s main attraction. Yet Ruffalo, playing the elder Dave Schultz, steals the show from under his co-star’s substantial fake nose. While at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote Foxcatcher, Ruffalo talked to the Post’s Barry Hertz about weight training, midlife crises and body-slamming Channing Tatum.

    Q You bulked up considerably for this project. How much training was involved?
    A It was pretty much seven months of me putting on 30 pounds of muscle — and some fat. I was a wrestler in high school, but I led with my right foot, and Dave led with his left. It was the mirror opposite of everything I knew. I was making another movie at the time, Begin Again, but in the morning I was weight training, then wrestle in the afternoon, and hopefully nap and eat in between. Dave Schultz was at his physical best at the time, and I was, well, I’ve crossed the apex into decline.

    Q Were you training with Channing at the same time?
    A For a month we were working out, meeting, talking and really poring over our characters. It was very intense.

    Q You play brothers, and the intensity of that bond is clear onscreen. How did you work through that relationship?
    A Wrestlers communicate a lot more than athletes in any other sport I can think of. Through physical expression, through a physical kind of communication — it’s very nuanced and subtle, but there’s a whole language there. So we were working out together all the time, and that one scene at the beginning of the film, where we’re doing a warmup practice, it encapsulates their entire history and relationship. We worked on that routine every single time we wrestled together — it makes you really close. But we were also informed by the real relationship these people had, and there was a huge weight and responsibility to that.

    Read the full interview at National Post

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  • November 29, 2014
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  • Variety published today a sneak peek of the Actors on Actors conversations between Mark Ruffalo and Jessica Chastain. The full video will air next January on PBS.

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  • November 28, 2014
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  • Last Sunday (November 16) Mark appeared on CBS Sunday Profile, for another amazing interview.

    Actor Mark Ruffalo is a man of many talents — as Anthony Mason discovers in our Sunday Profile. The actor Mark Ruffalo was a championship wrestler in high school. For his role in the new film “Foxcatcher,” he goes back to the mat. Was it the most physical role he’s had? “Oh yeah, it was tough,” he said. “I was in a lot of pain and I hurt myself a lot.” (Read more)

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  • November 18, 2014
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  • In many ways, Mark Ruffalo saved the best for last this year.

    When “The Normal Heart” premiered to critical hosannas (and ultimately a slew of Emmy nominations, including one for Ruffalo), his performance as Ned Weeks seemed incapable of being topped. Ruffalo found the heart under the prickly exterior of the Larry Kramer manqué in the writer’s fictionalized retelling of the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City and the founding of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Fearless and furious (much as the real Kramer), Ruffalo’s Ned is also capable of heart-rending vulnerability, as when he nurses his dying husband and rages against the bureaucracy that willingly turns a blind eye to the deaths of thousands of homosexual men.

    And then came “Foxcatcher.”

    Ruffalo also had a charming, affable leading-man turn in “Begin Again” this year, as a weary record label exec whose passion for music is reignited by a young singer-songwriter, but his turn as real-life Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz in Bennett Miller’s retelling of a bizarre true story is a prime example of an actor at the peak of his powers.

    A former wrestler himself, Ruffalo took on the role partly because he had never seen the sport represented on film in the way he knew it to be. But a righty 46-year-old playing a lefty 33-year-old presented its own particular challenges.

    Read more at Backstage.com

  • Author: Luciana
  • November 12, 2014
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  • The Hollywood Reporter published an interview with Mark on their last November 7th issue, in which he talks about The Hulk’s future, the dangers of fracking and “smear campaigns” against actor activists.

    You co-founded Water Defense in 2010. What are you hoping to accomplish?
    It came out of my fight against hydrofracking and the water uses around hydrofracking. We’ve entered this entirely new era of energy extraction that happens to put water at great risk. We want to build out a national map where we can empower civilian scientists to test the water and create a national open-source mapping of the nation’s headwaters. That was the loophole where we were getting screwed. We were always relying on the water testing of the Environmental Protection Agency or the industry itself. It’s become imperative to create this national map to take the destiny of our water into our own hands.

    Do you feel Hollywood is doing enough for environmental issues?
    Yeah, I do. Actors, generally, who get involved with these things have to make some sort of sacrifice, whether it’s just their time or the shit that they catch from whatever industry or lobbying group is threatened by them. There’s a reason that they’ll launch smear campaigns against actors. It’s because we happen to have a very deep reach into the culture. There are a lot of people in Hollywood who do take this seriously, and the ones who do really have helped. People see people like me and Robert [Downey Jr.] doing it and still having a career. And Leo [DiCaprio] — he catches a lot of hell, but he’s still doing that great, beautiful work. Is everyone doing it? No, but the ones who are are making a change in the world.

    Do you know what Marvel is planning for your Hulk character beyond that?
    I don’t really know what’s happening in the whole Marvel universe. I know with the Hulk getting [his own new] movie, they went from an “absolutely no” to a “maybe” after Avengers. If all goes according to plan, then maybe one day there will be another Hulk movie.

    Read more at The Hollywood Reporter website.

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  • November 04, 2014
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  • Following IGN, /Film has posted their interview made at the roundtable back in June. This one also contain an audio file (listen it below, thanks to Collider). Once again, some teasing about Age of Ultron, so read at your own risk.

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    Question: So you got the script and you were noticing that the beginning has you in relationship with Scarlet’s character Black Widow. Were you like this is gonna’ be a very tough job.
    Mark Ruffalo: Uh we don’t have a relation– What kind of relationship?

    Question: We heard that maybe there was a closer relationship between the characters?
    Mark Rufallo: (looks over to the Marvel staff sitting in on the interview) Did you tell him that? Oh yeah I’ll play along. Yeah, yeah. There’s a really important relationship between…. Um I was just happy that I was in the movie at all and any scenes that I got to be with her were a big bonus.

    Question: It seems like the response to the Avengers, the way the Hulk was handled and the way that Bruce was handled, it feels like Marvel finally figured how that character—and you guys were finally able to make the definitive Hulk. This time around what is the balance between Banner and Hulk?
    Mark Ruffalo: There’s more of him and I think Banner and Hulk have come to a detaunt. [LAUGHS] We left the last time with this idea that you know I’m always angry and, and therefore I have some control over it. But when you think you have control over [anger], you absolutely don’t. And so there’s still wrangling going on in there, there is a confrontation [LAUGHS] brewing between the Hulk consciousness and the Banner consciousness thatnI think we’re starting to head into right now.

    Read more at slashfilm.com

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  • October 28, 2014
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  • You might call August, 2014 a full-circle month for Mark Ruffalo. His performance as Ned Weeks in Ryan Murphy‘s HBO version of The Normal Heart earned one of that film’s astonishing 16 Emmy nominations, with the winners to be announced on Aug. 25. He’s eager to catch the Broadway revival of the 1996 stage play that launched his career, Kenneth Lonergan‘s This Is Our Youth, which begins on the 18th with Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin.

    Writing about his work in Lonergan’s You Can Count On Me, the New York Times’ Stephen Holden said, “Mr. Ruffalo’s star-making performance deserves to be added to the list of charismatic, grownup lost boys that includes the Marlon Brando of A Streetcar Named Desire and the Jack Nicholson of Easy Rider.”

    Yet this is the same guy who plays the Hulk in the Avengers franchise. And the same guy whose social activism includes deeply personal work on behalf of gun-control laws, and who just signed on to star with Rachel McAdams in Spotlight, Tom McCarthy’s film about two Boston Globe reporters whose investigation of pedophile priests led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law. And of course he’s currently onscreen with Keira Knightley in the exquisite indie feature Begin Again. A few days ago I spoke via FaceTime with the actor during some time cadged from a family vacation on the French island of Corsica.

    DEADLINE: Mark, beginning in 1986, when I became the theater reporter at the New York Times, through the 1990s as Variety’s chief critic, the story that more or less defined my career was AIDS. So many of those stories were obituaries of brilliant men including Michael Bennett, the genius behind A Chorus Line, and Charles Ludlam, who had just come to filmdom attention in The Big Easy. At that time, you were a teenager growing up in Virginia Beach, Va. How aware were you of AIDS?
    MARK RUFFALO: My friends and I were aware that this disease was affecting gay men, but it all seemed very far away from us — at least until a man I was very close to came out to me. This was complicated by the fact that he was also professing his love for me. At the time, he was the only gay person I knew — or thought I knew. And oddly enough, it was him who really pulled away from our friendship more than me. And so that was my first experience of somebody who was gay and who was willing and courageous enough to come out to me at that age. Then I moved to San Diego and eventually, soon after that, ended up in Los Angeles going to the Stella Adler Academy, where there were a lot more people who were openly gay.
    I lived about a block off of Santa Monica Boulevard. I had many friends who were part of the gay culture and I started working at restaurants and meeting a whole other group of people who were in the gay culture openly. That was a time when AIDS really started to become more and more apparent. I worked with people who had AIDS. My brother worked in a salon and had people who had AIDS and were fighting it. It was also around the advent of AZT. But before that, I also was seeing these Act Up people, and I was always impressed by the solidarity of them. I just started to learn about AIDS in a way that most Americans hadn’t through the mainstream media. I started to really sympathize with what was happening in that culture.

    I knew a waiter that, (though) he was so sick, he had to work, he didn’t have health insurance. So he would come to work, and the bottom of his feet would just be literally gone, just an open wound from fungal infections that his body couldn’t fight any more. And he had to work those nights just to make ends meet, and it was a tough, rough existence. I was seeing it firsthand. I was reading about the lack of any kind of governmental supervision or response…

    DEADLINE: Did you feel that you were a political person, or do you think this radicalized you?
    RUFFALO: Well, I was studying with Stella at that time, who came from the Yiddish theater and from the Jewish-American immigrant culture, which was the intellectual culture, and they were very socially active. Stella was a social-justice radical and I was turned on by that aspect of the work that I was learning about. My friends, the people I was working and studying with, started a sort of citizens’ response to the AIDS crisis that was head-and-shoulders above what the government was willing to do. Coupled with that was a hysteria that was being sort of engendered by the mainstream media about AIDS for a long time. And so I saw a great injustice happening right in front of my eyes, and that turned me on politically.

    I wasn’t gay, and in the beginning, the backlash to the way that the gay culture was being treated over AIDS wasn’t fully inclusive. It was very gay. And so I didn’t really feel that I was totally part of that, but I got a lot from it, and I sympathized with it. I just didn’t know where I fit in, into that movement at that time, other than it was a social-justice movement that I completely believed in.

    Read the rest of the interview

  • Author: Liz
  • August 11, 2014
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    Few actors bring as much heart to the screen as Mark Ruffalo, and few manage as diverse a career. This summer, he’s in London making “The Avengers” sequel, suiting up again as oversized green superhero the Hulk; meanwhile, the critically praised indie film “Begin Again,” in which he plays a down-on-his-luck music producer, is now in theaters, and he’s just landed his first Emmy nomination for his electrifying and heartbreaking lead performance in the HBO film “The Normal Heart.”

    In the HBO movie, adapted from Larry Kramer’s autobiographical 1985 play, Ruffalo plays Ned Weeks, a gay writer and activist determined to raise the alarm about HIV and AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s. Director Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”) has cited Ruffalo’s environmental activism (he has been an early leader in the anti-fracking movement) as one of the things that made him perfect for the role. The film, which premiered on HBO in May, landed 16 nominations, including recognition for cast mates Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts. Ruffalo spoke to The Envelope by phone from London.

    The Ned Weeks role is incredibly rich — he’s a brother, a lover, a leader, a fighter, a friend. He has so much passion and anger. Too much for his own good, sometimes. Was there a hurdle you had to overcome before you could play all that?
    Modulating the anger and bouncing it against the vulnerability — that was the tightrope walk. Making sure you push in a way that’s appropriate for the scene and what’s on the line with those ideas, and taking that as far as you can. He was an agitator by design; he understood that he had to be confrontational. The tendency would be to play that character all one note. I know Ryan was afraid of that. I was less afraid because I’d come from the theater, where it’s a lot easier to make those radical shifts of tone or feeling. What I’m realizing is, as long as you have the same face in the movie [he laughs], you can get away with almost anything. You can go to such extremes, and that’s become more and more interesting to me. This thing takes Ned from goofy to just bitter and angry to vulnerable, from a know-it-all to a know-nothing. To me, that more closely reflects what it is to be human.

    You play a key scene with Alfred Molina (as Ben, Ned’s successful older brother) in which you are just begging him to accept you as his equal, regardless of your sexual orientation, and he can’t do it. He will not give in, and he is formidable. What was it like to have to go up against him like that?
    It was tough. He’s amazing. It’s like throwing yourself against a 4-foot-thick concrete wall. You can’t get more solid than Alfred Molina. But the language carries you. It’s a beautifully constructed scene. And the subtext is carrying you as well. At one point, I couldn’t get there, and I was experiencing a lot of anger toward myself. And then it just popped. It just kind of broke out of there.

    Read the rest of the interview

  • Author: Liz
  • August 07, 2014
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