Best-known for his portrayal of Bruce Banner/the Hulk in The Avengers franchise and its sequel, Mark Ruffalo is an American actor, director, and environmental activist.
Ruffalo was determined to enter show business from a young age, but he sure went through a whole lot of tragedy before reaching his goal. When things started to go downhill, financially-speaking, his father packed his bags and left four children and a wife behind.
The super calm guy that you now see in interviews, the “cuddly little bear,” as Samuel L. Jackson calls him, was a real life Hulk in his 20s. He dealt with professional rejection for so long that he became this angry young man who would punch walls and destroy stuff inside his apartment.
Mark treated his anger with meditation, but just when things started to look really good for him in 2002, he found out he had a brain tumor. Although the surgery was a success, half of his face was paralyzed for 10 months.
Yet, here he is! A man who refused to give up and made it big in spite of all life’s challenges.
Here are 17 Mark Ruffalo quotes that are truly inspiring