Ed Norton's Personal Statement On The Whole Hulk Hoo-Ha

From his Facebook page (via HitFix), here is Edward Norton’s plain-and-simple response to the raging controversy surrounding the recasting of the Hulk for The Avengers.

And here’s a transcript for those of you who’d prefer, use Google Translate or get your computer to read to you:

As most of you know, I don’t like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience’s fullest enjoyment of the ‘magic’ that films can have. But I am so appreciatve of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and the Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond.

So here goes: It seems it won’t work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in The Avengers. I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone, but it hasn’t turned out as well as we all hoped. I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am very sincerely grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for giving me the chance to be a part of the Hulk’s long and excellent history. And I really can’t thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you’ve sent my way about what Louis and I tried to do in our turn with the legend. It means a lot to me.

I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I’m really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that’s why we love him, right?

Notice that bit in the middle about Marvel “extending the offer”? Pretty much tells us this was a money deal after all, I think.

So… Joss? You’re seeming conspicuously (tastefully, respectfully) silent at the moment. Not going to join the circus?

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