Earlier this year Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige said they were re-casting The Hulk for The Avengers as they have a “need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members”. Edward Norton’s agent didn’t particularly like this “purposefully misleading” and “offensive statement”, and hit back saying Marvel’s decision to re-cast is mainly a financial one.
At the time Edward Norton was the only one not throwing mud, saying he was “sincerely grateful” to Marvel for allowing him to play Bruce Banner and was “sad” that people would be disappointed with his departure. Now, a few months on, the actor was asked about the situation again assures that it was “nobody’s fault”.
“The thing that was disingenuous about some of the stuff that had gone on is it was a very professional and very respectful business situation,” he told MTV News. “We really couldn’t work it out on a business level, and I know that’s disappointing to some people, but it’s nobody’s fault. I don’t have any disrespect for anybody’s decisions in the business framework. You do what you feel you need to do on both sides, and that’s totally fine.
“I didn’t want to be negative about anything,” he said. “I had a great time doing that. I was very happy to be part of it all. People’s response to that film was great. That’s everything you want. If you’re going to do one of those, and be in those long traditions of those things we all grew up in, you don’t want to be in one of the bad ones. So I’m really happy people had a good thing with that.”
“My life’s way too good on too many levels to be over-intense about things like that,” he said.
Mark Ruffalo will play The Hulk/Bruce Banner in The Avengers which begins filming January/February next year,