Remember that time that Edward Norton played the Incredible Hulk? And remember how Edward Norton has a reputation for being an amazing actor? Well, you can write about that in a letter to Joss Whedon, because he went and kicked Ed out of his role in The Avengers.
The film, which will be released in the summer of 2012, is a big deal, just in case you haven’t heard. First off, it’s being directed by Joss Whedon, so how could it not be incredible (Buffy 4-eva!)? Secondly, there’s the cast: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Pine as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. Then there was Edward Norton as the Incredible Hulk, but not so much anymore. A guy from Marvel explained it like this:
“Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H., Chris E., Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.”
In other words, Edward Norton is being a little diva bitch about the whole thing. Shame on Ed, I guess. I’ve heard my comic geek friends talk for what seems like years about how hard they’re going to cream themselves over The Avengers, and now they’re all depressed that he’s gone. Looks like that’s what you get for not embodying the same spirit as Robert Downey Jr.
Wow. Time has…changed you.
Norton popped up at the premiere of ‘I Love You, Man’ starring Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. I go back and forth on Ed Norton. Sometimes he’s hot, sometimes he’s deathly pale with floppy hair and bloodshot eyes. He’s a brilliant actor, he just needs to not repeat whatever the hell it is that he has going on right here ever again.
Moving on, I have no idea what posessed Allison Janney to show up dressed as Indiana Jones, but she appears to be quite pleased with herself.
I don’t have a link because I just saw it on a tiny local news channel called CNN but Edward Norton has come out against the award show swag. For those not in the know, anyone who attends any award show such as say, The Oscars, gets a giant bag of expensive goodies. Actually, the Oscars are the worst offenders because they consider themselves the biggest and baddest award show on the planet. I have no idea what you’d get if you headed out to the “People’s Choice Awards,” but I’d assume it would be something like a combo flashlight keychain.
Anyway, Oscar gives hella goodies. What kind of goodies you ask? Well, offhand a google search popped up this article which has a quote from The Chicago Sun-Times:
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the gift bags have an estimated value of $100,000.
Basically we’re talking the latest and greatest in tech gear and unattainable items for the general public. So you’re out there saying “Well, why do rich Hollywood types need free shit?” Exactly my friend; Edward Norton is on the case. He correctly notes a lot of people are in need that don’t make big bucks from entertainment. Perhaps we should hook them up, eh?
That’s reason number #42 we love him so much, right after the fact that his character in Fight Club wants to fight William Shatner.