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Marvel's The Avengers
Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:35 PM
Posted 10 July 2010 - 11:09 AM
Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:56 PM
Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:04 PM
"We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks."
Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President of Production
Norton's Agent responds:
"This offensive statement from Kevin Feige at Marvel is a purposefully misleading, inappropriate attempt to paint our client in a negative light. Here are the facts: two months ago, Kevin called me and said he wanted Edward to reprise the role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers. He told me it would be his fantasy to bring Edward on stage with the rest of the cast at ComiCon and make it the event of the convention. When I said that Edward was definitely open to this idea, Kevin was very excited and we agreed that Edward should meet with Joss Whedon to discuss the project. Edward and Joss had a very good meeting (confirmed by Feige to me) at which Edward said he was enthusiastic at the prospect of being a part of the ensemble cast. Marvel subsequently made him a financial offer to be in the film and both sides started negotiating in good faith. This past Wednesday, after several weeks of civil, uncontentious discussions, but before we had come to terms on a deal, a representative from Marvel called to say they had decided to go in another direction with the part. This seemed to us to be a financial decision but, whatever the case, it is completely their prerogative, and we accepted their decision with no hard feelings.
We know a lot of fans have voiced their public disappointment with this result, but this is no excuse for Feige's mean spirited, accusatory comments. Counter to what Kevin implies here, Edward was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Joss and the other actors in the Avengers cast, many of whom are personal friends of his. Feige's statement is unprofessional, disingenuous and clearly defamatory. Mr. Norton talent, tireless work ethic and professional integrity deserve more respect, and so do Marvel's fans.
I love Hollywood! I'm more inclined to believe Marvel, to be honest.
Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:35 PM
Posted 11 July 2010 - 09:04 PM
I'm not too familiar with Whedon, other than the fact that he has a lot of fanboy followers. So, I looked him up on IMDB. From what I see, I like some of his stuff & absolutely hate some of his stuff. Here's what I know & here's what i think.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (movie): Horrible
Toy Story: One of the best
Alien: Resurrection: Meh
Titan A.E.: Love this movie
Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Actually just watched this yesterday. One of Disney's best animated movies.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV): Liked the early episodes, then the show became crap.
Firefly: Know it has a cult following, which I usually wind up liking, but I couldn't watch more than a couple episodes of this show. Horrible.
Oh & Cloverfield, absolute crap.
Posted 12 July 2010 - 10:48 AM
I agree Marvel's statement is classless-- but at he same time Norton is known for no being a team player going all the way back to American History X. With a few Exceptions, he's generally pushy about contracting his own rewrite for movies he's attached to-- Hulk included. Marvel's statement seems to be a direct shot at that.
It's too bad too, cause I think he's a great actor.
Posted 12 July 2010 - 07:39 PM
Marvel's press release may not have been the most tasteful thing they could have put out, but it's truthful. Knowing Norton's history, an Avengers movie would wind up being little more than 2 hours of Ed Norton.
Posted 12 July 2010 - 07:46 PM
That being said, I'm still pretty excited for this movie. It's not mentioned in this thread, but it looks like Jeremy Renner is going to play Hawkeye. I wonder how many other Avengers not getting solo movies are going to end up in this?