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Mark Ruffalo Felt Pressure Playing The Hulk

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce BannerMark Ruffalo felt "pressure" portraying The Hulk in The Avengers.

The 44-year-old actor took on the role of the green monster for the first time in the superhero movie, but he was nervous about following in the footsteps of "great artists" Edward Norton and Eric Bana, who previously played the part in 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 2003 movie Hulk respectively.

"Yeah there was pressure, I was definitely aware of the great artists who came before and did it and I knew I had a responsibility to get the part right and do it justice," he said.

Despite feeling anxious about portraying The Hulk, Mark believes he was "born to play the part" because he thinks the green monster was the "coolest" comic book character. Speaking at the European Premiere of The Avengers at Westfield London's Vue Cinema Thursday night, he added, "I was born to play the part. When I was a kid I most identified with The Hulk and I was a big fan of his and out of any of the comic book characters he was the one I thought was the coolest."

The Avengers hits theaters on May 4.


Scarlett Johansson’s Mental Challenge

Scarlett Johansson in The AvengersScarlett Johansson had to "mentally challenge" herself to get beaten up every day on the set of The Avengers.

The 27-year-old actress plays the role of Black Widow in the forthcoming Joss Whedon-directed action adventure film, and she admits it was tough to get used to the fighting scenes but she realized she had to get them done in early takes so it would hurt less.

"I think just kind of going back day after day, knowing that you're going to get the crap kicked out of you and do it willingly is sort of a challenge in itself, a mental challenge. But also I have to say that every time you fail at a stunt, it hurts until you get it right," she said, speaking at the world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.

Black Widow is one of the only characters in the film to have not had her own movie - with Chris Evans appearing in Captain America and Chris Hemsworth in Thor - but Scarlett believes it made no difference when they shot the ensemble piece: "She's really the first female superhero. There's a huge rich background for me to kind of pick from and play with and layer."

Mark Ruffalo’s Superhero Costume Problems

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce BannerMark Ruffalo felt like an "a******" wearing a leotard while shooting The Avengers.

The Kids Are All Right actor plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the forthcoming Marvel movie, and while he didn't mind losing weight for the role he was embarrassed wearing a small body suit.

"I did a cleanse that was like hell. I lost 21 pounds and I've kept about 15 off. I quite like it - it's good to be a little trimmer. I felt like such an a****** wearing The Hulk's little leotard though. When they were designing it, I was like, 'How about adding a codpiece?', 'Some ass pads?' It's not very flattering."

However, he is excited he is now playing the opposite to his usual nice guy roles: "They say you always play the opposite of yourself the best, so I must be b*****d! I'm interested in the people you might write off immediately, but can then be surprised by. I get that a lot about myself."

Joss Whedon’s Avengers Concerns

Joss Whedon and Scarlett Johansson

Joss Whedon was concerned that The Avengers might turn into a "sausagefest."

The 47-year-old director cast Scarlett Johansson in the superhero movie - which sees her reprise her role of Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow from Iron Man 2 - to avoid the film being dominated by its male stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.

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Joss Whedon: The Avengers Will be Exhausting to Watch

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon thinks The Avengers fans should feel "exhausted" when they watch the movie.

The 47-year-old director compared the superhero film to his latest horror-comedy motion picture Cabin in the Woods, and joked he will be glad when he no longer has to film the movie.

"I want them to feel exhausted and fulfilled. Not unlike Cabin, it's a ride, and we put the screws to them. We really put the characters through it, and we want the audience to be with them every step of the way and come out of it going, 'That was an extraordinary experience, and now I want to pay to see it again.' The most satisfying thing about The Avengers is that soon I will finish it."

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson all star in the movie, which tells the story of Nick Fury (Samuel) and a special team who form a group of super humans called The Avengers to do battle with Loki (Tom) in a bid to save Earth.

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The Avengers to Be in 3-D

The AvengersThe Avengers will be released in 3-D. The Marvel movie - starring a huge cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth - is now to be released in the special format alongside a 2-D version.

In the same release, Disney also confirmed another as-yet-untitled film has been moved from a release date of June 2014 to April 2014, with many speculating it may be the follow-up to Captain America: The First Avenger.

Joss Whedon has directed The Avengers, and Disney's distribution chief Dave Hollis has predicted it will be huge upon its release in 2012: "I don't know who doesn't know about The Avengers at this point. It will be an absolute phenomenon."

Jeremy Renner - who stars as Hawkeye in the movie - previously joked he had no idea how the final movie would look after it had been edited: "Someone's in the air, flying around. I'm on the ground, shooting a bow and arrow. There are a lot of things happening. I have no idea what that movie looks like. Zero idea. Most of the time, I have a good idea of how it's going to turn out because I've seen so much of it, but I have no idea. I feel like I might be an extra in it. I'm not sure."

Tom Hiddleston’s Avengers Hug

Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth in The AvengersTom Hiddleston felt like he was having a "group hug" on the set of The Avengers.

The British actor portrays his Thor' character Loki in the forthcoming Marvel comic book movie, and while the film's big cast - including Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth - was slightly intimidating at first, he admits the group got along famously quickly.

"For the first 10 minutes after you meet them, they have the wattage and charisma of movie stars. Then you have a coffee with them and you realize we're all the same, we're all just people. All of the actors in The Avengers are so nice. Marvel has these code names for projects and the code name for The Avengers was Group Hug. It felt very much like a group hug on set."

Tom - who is the villain of the film - admits his favorite part of the movie was getting to do his own stunts: "My favorite moment on set was filming at a NASA location the size of a cathedral. I flew around like a trapeze artist in a rocket-testing facility in the company of Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner. That was a pretty good day at work."

Video: The Avengers trailer

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Get a look at the first trailer for Marvel's The Avengers - the movie hits theaters May 4, 2012, which can't come fast enough for us!

VIDEO: Watch a Thor and Captain America Tag Team Fight

Can't wait for the epic Joss Whedon-directed Avengers movie? Yeah, we can't either. Thankfully for all of our sakes, someone in Cleveland happened to film an aerial view of a fighting scene with Thor Chris Hemsworth and Captain America Chris Evans. Check it out above!

The Avengers is due in theaters May 4, 2012.

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No Iron Man 3 for Director Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau

Iron Man will need a director to help get him off the ground in the next sequel.

Jon Favreau, the man behind the first two installments, recently announced that he won’t be participating on Iron Man 3.

It’s unclear exactly why Favreau has chosen to leave the successful franchise, but it’s believed a lack of direction – and his growing paycheck – were both factors.

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