Mark Ruffalo apparently wants to show the world his range, so he’s bucking the “likeable everyman” image in order to demonstrate that he can play dark as well.
Not sure if I can ever buy Ruffalo as anything other than a dude in a flannel shirt that I want to grab a beer with, but if anything can change that perception, it’s the character he will be playing in the J.J. Abrams-produced Infinity Polar Bear. As a bipolar depressive, Ruffalo will lose his wife (played by Zoe Saldana), child, and job.
In case the subject matter sounds a little, I dunno, “sad” for your tastes, there is an X factor here: Megan Ellison. The bisexual billionaire financier behind The Master, True Grit, and The Wettest County in the West found this film to be goodly enough for her efforts. Granted she won’t be on screen of anything, but it’s nice to know that you’re somehow connected to a bisexual heiress with really good taste in movies.
So if you’re not going to do it for Ruffalo, do it for Megan Ellison. It’s not like she needs the money, but she sounds damn cool.