Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island, The Kids Are All Right) makes his directing debut with Sympathy for Delicious, a drama about Dean (Christopher Thornton, who also penned the screenplay) a DJ whose promising career fades after an accident leaves him paralyzed.  When Dean discovers he has the power to heal others, Father Joe Roselli (Ruffalo) persuades him to use his miraculous gifts for the greater good.  Unable to heal everyone but himself, Dean joins a rock band (Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis are members of the group) and temporarily turns his back on humanity.

“That’s what I love about filmmaking, it brings us together,” said Ruffalo, who has been close friends with Thornton for over twenty years.  “And so if I found something great, that expressed something…I’m more of a humanist than anything really.  I’m on the side of people.  If I find stories like that, that I think are effective, then I will do it.  I’m just looking out for interesting stories, you know?”

After working on The Kids Are All Right, Ruffalo took time off from acting and moved his family to upstate New York.  Click on the media bar and listen to Ruffalo explain why he left Los Angeles for the East Coast.

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  Sympathy for Delicious, which received a Special Jury Prize for Directing at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, opens in select theaters Friday.

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi