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Eric Bana Talks “Hulk” Films


Think back to a time before Mark Ruffalo, even before Ed Norton… woah, woah woah, not quite as far back as Bill Bixby. Right, got it? There we are – the time when Eric Bana was the Hulk. Directed by Ang Lee, 2003’s Hulk didn’t quite live up to the hype surrounding it, and is often criticised by fans and critics alike. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Bana discusses his thoughts on Hulk and why he’s glad that he didn’t get asked back for any sequels.

The Chopper star said, “I’m proud of what it tried to do. I apologise to all those people who were so angry about it… I’m fascinated by the people who hated that movie and feel compelled to watch it again, which always blows my mind. But, yeah, it is what it is and I certainly don’t regret doing it.”

In regards to any sequels to Lee’s film, Bana added, “I think I’m so lucky it didn’t happen. One of things I was most fearful of at the time was it being a huge success. If I had done three Hulks, it would have wiped out – and it always take a long time to do those movies – so  it would take six movies off my table.”

Personally, I’m a fan of Ang Lee’s Hulk. It’s a great character piece in terms of Dr Banner, but there was a distinct lack of ‘Hulk Smash!’ action at times, then there was the whole fighting dogs thing, not to mention the ridiculous size of the big green guy.



2 thoughts on “Eric Bana Talks “Hulk” Films

  1. I love the Ang Lee version. I think it actually tries to bring a comic book aesthetic to life and works for the most part. I could never understand why it got so much hate and why the incredibly average and tepid (in my opinion) Ed Norton one got so much love.


    • In fairness, I’m a big fan of The Incredible Hulk with Norton, purely as a comic book movie. It’s good for what it is in that way.

      As for Hulk, Ang Lee’s film was a good film, just lacking a bit of bite for most people.


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