Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island, Collateral) makes his feature directing debut with the indie drama Sympathy for Delicious, the story of a paralyzed DJ named Dean (Christopher Thornton) living in downtown Los Angeles who has the power to heal everyone except himself.  Ruffalo also stars as Father Joe Roselli, a well intentioned man bent on getting Dean on a faith based mission, but the healer decides to use his miraculous talents and join a rock band (fronted by Orlando Bloom).

Shot in just 23 days, the picture was penned by Thornton, who is close friends with Ruffalo.  Although it took over ten years to see its fruition, Sympathy for Delicious opens in select theaters April 29th.  “I’m grateful that I get to do something like The Avengers, and I’m grateful that I can get enough money together with people that I love, my friends, and make this kind of a movie,” said the actor, who plays The Hulk (Bruce Banner) in The Avengers.  “I’m a lot happier when I’m more grateful than when I’m like ‘what the f**k man?  I can make ten movies with their lunch budget, okay!’  There is not a lot of grace in that, and it just makes me miserable.”

The Stella Adler trained actor says he is approaching The Hulk from a pretty organic perspective.  “I don’t know how else to do it,” said Ruffalo, who co-stars in The Avengers with Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Robert Downey Jr. (returning as Iron Man). “I have to find those places where it intersects with real life, I think.  So working on Bruce Banner walking around and thinking ‘I could tear the roof off of this like that.’  That does something to you.  I’m trying to bring those elements to whatever I do.”

Click on the media bar and listen to Ruffalo reminisce about legendary acting teacher Stella Adler and how she influenced his perspective on storytelling.

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  Sympathy for Delicious also stars Laura Linney and Juliette Lewis.

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Posted by Greg Srisavasdi