Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Don't make Ed Norton angry...

You won't like him when he's angry. That's because he HULKS OUT! In news that still seems completely inconceivable, excellent actor and Fight Club co-founder Edward Norton has been cast as Bruce Banner, the cursed scientist who suffers from anger management and skin pigmentation issues when he loses his temper. And I thought my apoplectic fits of rage were bad!

Yep, the sequel to 2003's critical and commercial failure, entitled The Incredible Hulk, is actually happening and is due out next year. It seemed to all the world that it was destined to be a direct-to-video calibre sequel / re-imagining, but this casting news suggests the movie might actually be good, seeing as how Mr. Norton rarely associates himself with crappy movies.

I like the first film, even though it's seriously flawed. Ang Lee's angsty tale of father-son relations was too dour and slow for the most part, but the Hulk SMASH stuff was great. The director of the sequel, Louis Leterrier, has made some fun and thrilling action flicks, and word has it the sequel is going to have more Hulk smashing and less brooding and less unkempt Nick Nolte. And hopefully, less Hulk Poodles. Eric Bana was great in the first film and I wouldn't have minded seeing him return, but Ed Norton seems like an inspired choice for a replacement. To echo the sentiments of many a film geek, I've gone from complete indifference to actively anticipating this film.

4 comments:

sanity index said...

Really? Ed Norton? Eric Bana, yes (though he is in that new horrible-looking chick flick with Drew Barrymore - yish), Ed Norton, not so sure. Ed Norton is a good actor but I just don't see it. Count me out of this one...

Antimatter said...

Dude... ED NORTON! As Bruce Banner! How can you think that's not cool!?! I'm flummoxed! The man can act and act well, he's done split personality type roles before, how can you write him off playing the role of the good doctor? :D

Anyway, early days yet, it hasn't even started filming yet. I refuse to count you out of it yet, at least wait for the trailer! ;)

sanity index said...

Yes, he can act, but he's as skinny as a stick! I just can't imagine his turning into the Hulk. Sorry. I still like Eric Bana. :P

Antimatter said...

So, wait, you think he won't work out because, instead of being 5% of Hulk's body mass like Bana, he'll be more like 3%? ;)

Kidding, kidding, I know what you mean, but maybe Norton's Hulk won't be as bulky as Bana's. :) Also, rumour has it he may not even be green.