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Mark Ruffalo

Posted May 24, 2010 to photo album "Mark Ruffalo"

FilmInFocus takes a closer look at one of the stars of The Kids Are All Right, Mark Ruffalo.

A Classic Sensibility
Theater Thespian
A Star with Range
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A Star with Range

A Star with Range

Since his emergence in 2000, Ruffalo has played a diverse range of characters in everything from low key indie dramas like XX/XY (2002), My Life Without Me (2003) and We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004) to action movies and thrillers such as The Last Castle (2001), Windtalkers (2002) and What Doesn’t Kill You (2008). As Ruffalo sees it, it’s very important to not be seen as solely one kind of actor, explaining that “there's a tendency to get pigeonholed in Hollywood. A lot of what I do is just trying to keep that off of me. I don't want to feel like I'm stuck doing one-stock performances.” Accordingly, he’s also done his fair share of feelgood romantic comedies, like View From the Top (2002), 13 Going on 30 (2004) and Just Like Heaven (2005), Rumor Has It (2005). In an interview for Just Like Heaven, he said, “I was hearing people say, ‘Mark Ruffalo can't do comedy’ or ‘He can't be a leading man.’ And I come from the theatre, and there are no boundaries like that. You could do whatever you want. Whatever you say you could do, you could do if you put your mind to it. So I kind of wanted to prove to myself and the rest of the world that I could do this sort of thing. I'd like to have a career that is able to span any genre.”