As we reported here, Paramount has been planning a scene or two connecting the upcoming Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk films (likely in preparation for a future Avengers film.) In an interview with MTV News, William Hurt, who plays General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross in TIH, revealed a tiny bit about the upcoming scene.
"I have a scene with Iron Man, with Robert Downey Jr.," the actor reported. "It's a funky scene." Further clarifying, Hurt said "I don't know how it'll work. I know it's weird [to work with a character from another movie], and to know it's a device. We did something; I don't know what that's going to be like [to watch]."
Hurt also revealed some other details about the film. A long-time fan of the character of the Hulk, Hurt explains why he did this film. "I believe in Hulk. Absolutely. That's why I did the movie," he revealed. "I'm a Hulk fan, and he was always my favorite. I keep asking my son why he's both of our favorites. I read the comic books, but he's a real fanatic. I didn't even know he was a fanatic for Hulk until after I agreed to do the film - and we're father and son."
Why does Hurt love the character so much? Describing the script co-written by Ed Norton (who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and Zak Penn, Hurt explains that the plot of the film "has to do with the fact that [Banner's] conscience still exists in a body that is a manifestation of power and is greater than his own ability to control it - and how he's learning that relationship. Because that's what's happening to us. That's the central metaphor for all of us, that we're learning these powers - technological powers, whatever - that we don't know if we have enough conscience to control in a wise way yet. And that's what he's doing. [Hulk] is managing to save his humanity inside that, while people like General Ross can't. That's a main theme throughout many of the comics, and in The Incredible Hulk, it seems to be [primary]. ... I love him."
Sadly, Hurt was unable to comment much on Norton's performance as the tortured scientist-turned monster. "I don't know. I only have two scenes with him," he sighed, sounding a bit disappointed. "That's not enough to get a whole taste of it."
Hurt does describe one important scene in the film that he can't wait to see:
Liv Tyler, I play her father, General Ross. There's a scene, and during that scene there are a number of things happening. [Hulk] has beaten Abomination, and then there's a crowd that gathers around, and they realize that he's beaten Abomination. That Abomination was the one who was killing for just the joy of killing; Hulk is not the one.
It's the moment of turn when society's relationship with Hulk stops being so stupid. I want to see the relationship between Hulk and a world that realizes he's not the villain," Hurt said. "Hulk and [Liv Tyler's Betty Ross] have their moment, and the crowd realizes he's not the bad guy.
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The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, William Hurt, Liv Tyler and Tim Roth smashes it's way in to theatres on June 13, 2008.