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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.
You Can Count on Me made Ruffalo an overnight star, but like most breakthrough actors he had been slaving away for many years. Apparently, Ruffalo had 800 auditions before getting the role of Terry in Kenneth Lonergan’s movie, and had to supplement his acting income by bartending just to keep afloat. However Ruffalo, a graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory (where he was classmates with Benicio Del Toro), had a passion for acting that kept him going and also led him to co-found the Orpheus Theatre Company, where he acted, directed, wrote as well as even building sets and did lighting. His active presence in the theater led him to meet and befriend playwright Lonergan in the late 1990s, which led to an acclaimed performance in the off-Broadway production of the writer’s This Is Our Youth and, shortly after, his role in You Can Count on Me. Ruffalo returned to the New York stage in 2006, giving a Tony-nominated turn in Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing!, and earlier this year declared, “If I could take five years right now and just sink it into theater, that really would turn me on.”