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Mark Ruffalo Discusses Working On HBO’s “I Know This Much Is True”

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While Mark Ruffalo has been a major box office player, his producing credits aren’t as extensive. Fortunately, he got the chance to produce his first miniseries with HBO’s I Know This Much Is True. In an interview with Collider, he talked about taking care of such a big project.

Ready, Set, Action

Ruffalo was connected to the miniseries back in 2017. While shooting Thor: Ragnarok, the actor fell in the love with Wally Lamb’s novel I Know This Much Is True. After nearly 20 years in development, the novel was finally getting a live-action adaptation. Before filming the miniseries in 2019, Ruffalo had some insecurities about his new role. “I was a little cavalier about it. I was in my late 40s and I was in the middle of shooting two franchise films, and I was feeling pretty invincible. And then, I hit 50 and, of course, I lost all of my confidence,” Ruffalo said in the interview. “I was facing this huge challenge and thinking, how in the frick am I gonna do this? I’d bit off way more than I could chew. I wanted to brace myself that this was just gonna be a frickin’ disaster.”

Make Way For The Ladies

With the HBO miniseries, Ruffalo potrayed identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey. Joining him as support is a slew of talented actress, including Melissa Leo and Imogen Poots. The miniseries also reunites him with Sympathy for Delicious co-star Juliette Lewis. Working with these actresses was simply because of what they were looking for in the script. “Ultimately, all of those actresses are just searching for an emotional, honest thing. That’s why we cast them, and that’s why they’re so great in it because they’re willing to do that. None of them were hung up on the way they looked, or protecting their image,” Ruffalo said in the interview.

Learn Something New Every Day

After producing his first miniseries, Ruffalo has learned several new tricks for the future. “My style, as a producer, is really to be in radical collaboration with people. The more I do it now, the more powerful I see that can be. You’re curating and pulling together the pieces, and you’re using your taste to create a framework, in the material and in the talent,” Ruffalo said in the interview. “But ultimately, what I’ve learned is that what works best for this high mentality is that you bring together this team, and then you create a space for them to be the best version of themselves.”

Before the miniseries, Ruffalo was the executive producer for We Don’t Live Here AnymoreAnything, and The Normal Heart. The actor has his eye on a couple projects. One major project involves The Source Family. Formed in 1969, this cult were followers of Source Restaurant owner Father Yod. At the time, Yod was a spiritual leader, who managed to sway many younger people with his love of yoga and meditation. A documentary on The Source Family, which was co-directed by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos, was released in 2012.


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Coming Soon For Ruffalo

The actor will soon go back to work with the biopic Newsflash. The film chronicles the iconic news briefing of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. In the film, Ruffalo will portray news producer Don Hewitt. Chris Pine is slated to portray journalist Walter Cronkite. Ruffalo will also reprise his role of Hulk on Disney+’s What If…? The biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe moments will be given an alternative look through the animated series. Some questions that could be answered are “What if Peggy Carter were Captain America?” or “What if Steve Rogers were Iron Man?” The series is slated to debut sometime in 2020.

For now, Ruffalo is waiting until the coronavirus pandemic is over. When things are clear, he might come up with a few more projects in mind.

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