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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
A Director's Actor, An Actor's Director
Good With Kids
Good With Kids

Good With Kids

One of the most memorable aspects of Mark Ruffalo’s performance in You Can Count on Me was his interaction with the young actor Rory Culkin, who was 10 at the time. And, fittingly enough for an actor appearing in The Kids Are Are All Right, Ruffalo has always loved working alongside younger performers. "I love acting with kids, cause they're great acting partners,” he said in a 2005 interview. “They're totally present.  Even when they're acting, they're still available and you can crack them up or something weird will happen and they'll go with it.  You can throw them little curve-balls and they'll go with it.  I always like having kid energy around." Ruffalo maybe can relate so well to young thesps because he himself caught the acting bug when he was still very young. It was, however, not a play that got him excited, but an incident in which 9-year-old Ruffalo was taken by his grandmother to Jimmy Swaggart’s megachurch to be “saved” by the televangelist. “When Jimmy Swaggart touched me and all the other kids around me were falling on the ground, I had my first acting experience,” recalls Ruffalo. “When I had his hand on my head and I wasn't feeling anything, I (thought to myself) ‘Dude, you're going straight to hell! Jesus doesn't want you, dude! You're the Antichrist! You're that babe they keep talking about!’ So I'm on my knees waiting to be struck down by the spirit of the Lord, as everyone before me has, and finally I just took a dive! That was really my first acting gig.”