Mark Ruffalo Covers Detail Magazine
Details Magazine May 2011 Issue
Photographs by Matthias Vriens-McGrath
We’ve always kind of liked him as an actor, even if it does seem like he plays the same guy over and over. Never made our pants move, though. We can see the appeal, but he’s just not our type. If we had to assign him an F, M, or K, we suppose we’d M him because we’re not really interested in F-ing him and K-ing seems a little extreme just for not being hot enough for us. Besides, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of our favorite movies ever, so he’ll always get points just for being in it.
On quitting acting in 2009: “I’d had it with L.A., and I really had it with the business side of acting, the machinery of it all. You’re an artist, but then all of a sudden you’re a product at the same time, and there’s this company that’s sprung up around you. I got depressed. I was losing my love for it. So I said, ‘I’m done.’ I fired everybody and moved my family out here (Callicoon, NY). I had to make a radical move.” He goes on to say, “The Kids Are Alright was my swan song. I didn’t know what I was doing next.”
On struggling to make it as an actor: “It was brutal. The years are stripping away, but when you talking to anyone from home, you’re saying something like ‘Well, I’m just working on my craft right now,’ when the truth is that I can’t get a fucking job because no one will hire me. It was humiliating.”
On deciding to continue acting: What brought Ruffalo back this latest time was sitting in the audience at Sundance, where The Kids Are Alright made its debut in 2010, and, after the first peal of laughter, “watching everyone’s jaded, supercool Hollywood identities melt into the communal experience of filmmaking and storytelling. It reminded me: I’m an actor, and my whole life has been geared towards being an actor.”
On not training to be The Incredible Hulk: “No, no, no. Look, I’m eating guacamole and potato chips….You think Tom Cruise does this?”
Bracelet from What Goes Around Comes Around. Necklace, his own.
from What Goes Around Comes Around. Necklace, his own.
and belt from What Goes Around Comes Around. Necklace, his own.
Pretty standard guyditorial stuff. Jeans and t-shirts. We think it’s hilarious how, in 80% of the pictures he has the exact same facial expression. Still, he’s definitely cute.