Edward Norton talks skipping The Avengers

Says it was a “respectful business decision”

The Incredible Hulk

Edward Norton turned down the chance to play Bruce Banner/Hulk again earlier this year when he decided to pass on Joss Whedon’s upcoming The Avengers.

The resultant mud-slinging with Marvel Studios had Mavel boss Kevin Feige branding Norton uncollaborative, while the actor retaliated by calling the studio “unprofessional” and “disingenuous”.

Now that the smoke has cleared and everybody’s got on with their lives, Norton has spoken with MTV about why he really passed up a return as Hulk, stating it was “a very respectful business decision”.

“We really couldn't work it out on a business level,” the actor says. “I know that's a disappointment to some people, but it's nobody's fault. I don't have any disrespect for anyone's decision in the business framework… do what you need to do on both sides. I have no idea why anyone tried to characterise it as anything else.”

He hastens to add that he really isn’t as wound up as everybody thinks he is, stating: “My life's way too good on too many levels to be over-intense about things like that.”

So there we have it – it was business plain and simple. And nothing at all to do with the fact that The Incredible Hulk was a massive critical flop…

Do you buy Norton's talk? Or think he's still sore? Discuss below...


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    • mcghater

      Sep 21st 2010, 17:22

      you passed due to a buisness descision............. could it be that your just a c**t? and almost everyone you work with says your a c**t

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    • fuzzcaminski

      Sep 21st 2010, 19:35

      Dalidab, are you on crack? Use a comma man! Plus can you really say 2008's Hulk was 'the best hulk film ever made' when there have only been two?

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    • Rusco87

      Sep 22nd 2010, 20:00

      I think Edward Norton is a talent actor. Things changed alot for Marvel comic book films when they made their own studio to produce films. Things took a turn for the good, Iron-Man and The Incredible Hulk. Norton hands down p*ssed all over Bana's Hulk. It seems here though that either Norton or someone high up from the studio were being duche' either about contract or character development. it could also be that Norton doesnt want to sink himself into a franchise, after all there isn't a sequel that springs to mind that Norton has done.

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