So far, The Avengers has earned $1.1 billion worldwide. It's currently the sixth highest-grossing film of all time, which means practically everyone has seen it. Well, everyone except the former Hulk star who was this close to appearing in it.
Edward Norton, who played Bruce Banner in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, hasn't watched The Avengers. And to be honest, it's not on his to-do list. While in Cannes promoting the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom, the actor spoke with Hitfix about the Marvel blockbuster and his replacement, Mark Ruffalo.
When asked if he'd seen the movie, Norton admitted he hadn't and replied, "It just isn't very important to me." The interviewer clarified that even though his response sounds dismissive in print, it didn't come across that way in person.
When it came to talking about his successor, he had nothing but positive things to say.
"Mark is like a brother to me," he said, praising Avengers star Mark Ruffalo's commitment to his work overall. "Besides, he's got two kids, and I'm really happy he gets to have this moment with them," he continued. When I asked him if he'd actually seen the film yet, that's when he admitted that he had not, and that it hadn't been a priority.
We're sure he'll get around to seeing it at some point. The curiosity has to be killing him.
Besides his obvious connection to the Hulk, Norton has ties to another Avenger, Hawkeye. Later this summer, he'll star alongside Jeremy Renner in the latest installment of the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy (Aug. 3).