Mark Ruffalo is set to return as the Hulk in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok when that gets released in November 2017. But before he played that incredible character, Ruffalo tried out for another comic book mainstay — the arch nemesis of the Fantastic Four aka Victor von Doom aka Dr. Doom. That’s right, Ruffalo auditioned for the part in the never-officially-released 1994 version of the franchise produced by B-movie legend Roger Corman.
In the recently released documentary Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four, Mark Sikes, who was a casting assistant for the movie and Corman’s receptionist, shared that they had the Oscar-nominated actor in to audition for the part. Yet the then-20-something Ruffalo was unable to land the gig, losing out to Joseph Culp, who is perhaps best known for playing Archie Whitman on Mad Men.
We’re sure that Ruffalo isn’t exactly broken up over it, but if he is, he should take solace knowing he is not the only successful actor who was rejected. Xena co-star Rene O’Connor; Lost, Deadwood, and Sons of Anarchy actor Titus Welliver; and Seinfeld standout Patrick Warburton were also denied.
We know what you’re thinking: There was a Fantastic Four movie in the ’90s? And the answer to that is, yes, there was, and boy was it awful. For more information about how that happened, you should check out Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four.
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