We wouldn't like Hulk when he's angry. But we'd like him even less when he's sad!
"I was the actor who was pushing 30 and still doing 30-seat theaters, and he was the mayor of Beverly Hills. For years, people would meet me and go, 'You're Scotty Ruffalo's brother? I love your brother. He's fucking amazing.'"
Mark's role in The Kids Are Alright reminded him so much of Scotty, he decided to play it as an homage. He says:
"His charm, his spirit, his sense of humor, his daring. How great he was with women. How he sort of devoured life.
I'm only capturing a tiny glimpse of him, but I think it ended up honoring him in a really nice way. He's a beautiful guy.
He was a beautiful guy."
Mark also says the process helped him get over the guilt he felt. He says:
"You always wonder, What could I have done differently? But there's also the healthier part that says, You integrate it, and you get on. You never get over it; you just get used to it. You get calloused, a little bit harder maybe, so be on guard for that.
But take these tragic things and turn them into something meaningful and worthy of the loss. Make it count. From here on out, do the best you can to make it count."
Amazing, insightful advice from a beautiful human being and a wonderful actor. Thanks, Mark.
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