During the taping of Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis Saturday (in which Willis controversially claimed that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie), actor Edward Norton addressed the much-maligned 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk, in which he starred as Dr. Bruce Banner.
Responding to reports that he was difficult to work with during the film’s production, Norton told the crowd in attendance that this was only because the writing wasn’t up to his standard.
“I wanted a better script,” Norton said, according to a tweet from The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker.
Edward Norton took a shot at Marvel during the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis, saying he was difficult on ‘Incredible Hulk’ because “I wanted a better script.” https://t.co/KKvDyvBhFG pic.twitter.com/1ao6rrwqbQ
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) July 15, 2018
Norton’s tenure with Marvel came when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was still in its infancy. Although Iron Man, which was released in the same year, achieved critical and commercial success, The Incredible Hulk has become the black sheep of the franchise, to the point where many kind of just forget that it even exists. The film had a troubled production, with Norton reportedly only having agreed to take the role after director Louis Leterrier agreed to let him rewrite the script Zak Penn had crafted. However, once production began, Marvel ended up cutting many of the scenes Norton had written and as a result, the actor did not receive a writing credit from the WGA. The experience led to Norton and Marvel parting ways, with Mark Ruffalo being recast as Bruce Banner in The Avengers – a role he has held onto ever since.
Whether Norton’s snide remark was just played up for the roast or not, it’s clear that there is still some bad blood there. Maybe Marvel Studios could release the Norton cut of The Incredible Hulk so everyone can finally move on for good?