How Robert Downey Jr. Convinced Mark Ruffalo to Play Hulk in The Avengers

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Marvel Studios

In a recent interview on The Tonight Show, Mark Ruffalo told Jimmy Fallon that fans have another Marvel star to thank for getting him involved in The Avengers franchise.

While speaking to Fallon, Ruffalo explained that he was nervous to play Bruce Banner after Edward Norton had already portrayed the character in Ang Lee's 2008 film The Incredible Hulk. "I was scared," Ruffalo admitted. "I didn't know what I could add to what I already thought had been done so well before me."

Ruffalo also noted that up until playing Bruce Banner in The Avengers (2012), he had mostly been working on indie films and didn't know how he felt about being in such a big blockbuster. "So I was like, 'I don't know if I'm the right person for this.' And [The Avengers director] Joss Whedon was like, 'Yeah, you are the right person,'" Ruffalo recalled.

However, the three-time Academy Award nominee credits co-star Robert Downey Jr. with ultimately being the person who persuaded him to join the cast. "I got a call from Downey. It must've made it to him that I was hemming and hawing, and he just simply said, 'Ruffalo, let's go. We've got this.' In true Iron Man fashion," Ruffalo said. "And then after that, I was like, 'I guess I have to do it.'"

Ruffalo also talked about how Marvel's secrecy surrounding their projects made him question if he wanted to come on board as Bruce Banner. "I wanted to read a script, and they don't give you scripts. I made a promise when I was a young actor that I would never do another movie without reading a script beforehand, because it's a recipe for disaster, and then you get stuck in something. Our only power as young actors is our ability to say 'no' sometimes," he explained. "And so I was like, 'I need to read something,' and the studio was like, 'We're sorry, we don't give anything out.'"

At the end of the day, Whedon came to the rescue by giving the actor 20 pages of what he had written so far for Bruce Banner's character. "I read that first scene ... when Black Widow finds Banner in India, and I was like, 'Ok, I love this.' It was different, you know," Ruffalo said of the script. "I was like, 'Oh, ok ... It's humorous and it's kind of playful and I think I could do something with it.'"

It's hard to imagine anyone else playing the Hulk now that Ruffalo has put his stamp on the part, and even the actor seems reluctant to step away from the role. Ruffalo has already talked about the possibility of returning to the MCU as Banner in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Watch the American Psycho Business Card Scene, But With Cats

Cat-rick Bateman and friends in American Psycho.
Cat-rick Bateman and friends in American Psycho.

When it comes to designer suits, ax murders, and social commentary, 2000’s American Psycho has more than enough to spare. What it doesn’t have in abundance is cats. Though one kitten makes a memorable cameo, the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel suffers a regrettable lack of feline breakout moments overall.

As Nerdist reports, a YouTuber called OwlKitty addressed that very niche (and possibly heretofore nonexistent) critique by remaking the business card scene with cat photos. In the original segment, a group of arrogant young investment bankers gather in a conference room to drool over the subtle variations between their business cards. Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman is smugly certain that his new bone-colored card will take the cake, only to be outdone by the “tasteful thickness” of Paul Allen’s (Jared Leto).

In OwlKitty’s version, the hobnobbers brag about their cats, instead. Since most of the dialogue from the film scene revolves around hues, fonts, and watermarks, the YouTuber edited it down to the bare essentials—but cats as cute as these really speak for themselves. Bateman offers an image of his orange tabby, to which Bill Sage’s character responds with a photo of his own tabby freaking out over a toy mouse. After Justin Theroux’s character reveals his white cat (“White,” he explains), the group marvels over the clear winner: a video of Paul Allen’s hefty black cat swishing his tail.

OwlKitty’s artful American Psycho parody is the latest in a long line of cat-centric videos, most of which feature OwlKitty herself. According to her YouTube account, she’s a black cat who lives in Oregon, loves cream cheese, and usually goes by “Lizzy.” Some of her past appearances include clips from Dirty Dancing (1987), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), and The Mandalorian.

[h/t Nerdist]