I hate reporting speculative, comic-book-movie casting because it almost never turns out to be true, and only leads to yet more asinine counter-rumors. But what can I say, I couldn’t resist sharing the notion of a harelip Hulk. (Making light of others’ disabilities, that’s what we do here). CHUD says Marvel’s offer to take over for Edward Norton as Hulk is out to Joaquin Phoenix. That sounds pretty weird, but all Joaquin aside, he is a really good actor. (I hate myself for that).
Reliable sources tell me that Marvel has already put out an offer, believe it or not. Phoenix is taking time to mull over the offer and the bigger implications – Marvel may yet resurrect the Hulk franchise – but Marvel hopes to have him in place by Comic Con, which is when they want to announce their new Bruce Banner.
As of right now treat this as a rumor, as I was unable to get solid confirmations or denials (it’s the weekend!). Phoenix might very well turn the studio down – I’m hearing that whoever plays Banner will be the lowest man on The Avengers pay totem pole – but this would probably be a good move for the actor. [CHUD]
I’ve heard Phoenix has already been preparing hard for the role, telling fans who pestered him for an autograph not to make him angry.
PHOENIX: “Trust me, bro, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”
PERSISTENT FAN 1: “Aw, but Mr. Phoenix, please? It’s for my cousin, she’s in the orphan hospital with baby cancer.”
(*Joaquin Phoenix jumps onstage, starts rapping incoherently, trips, knocks over drum kit*)
PERSISTENT FAN 2: “He’s right, dude, I say we leave.”