Hello everyone, Mark Ruffalo here! I'm doing my first AMA in support of Water Defense and our work to keep our water clean and free of contamination! If you contribute to my Prizeo campaign, you can enter to win a trip to spend some time with me on the Avengers 2 set. More details can be found at http://www.prizeo.com/mark

Clean water is sexy. Victoria from reddit is helping me get started. AMA.

https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo/status/483687497114075136 https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo/status/483688477142171648

It's been a pleasure. It's way better than talking to reporters on a press junket. Oh, I'll definitely come back, I will definitely come back. And Victoria from reddit really helped me out a lot, get over my introverted nature. If you haven't entered the Water Defense Prizeo yet, please enter - you don't have to be rich to win and every one who enters has a shot. And it would be wonderful to meet you.

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Frajer2187 karma

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Wayne Coyne?

Also can I name a dog Bark Ruffalo?

Mark_Ruffalo1873 karma

Yes, on both. Yes on one and two. Yes, I've been told I look like Wayne.

Mark_Ruffalo689 karma

I actually based my look in Begin Again on Wayne!

AdKUFr1693 karma

Is your friendship with Robert Downey Jr. in real life as good as it is on the screen between your characters?

Mark_Ruffalo2915 karma

Better. We have a really good friendship. We've known each other since before Zodiac. And he's kind of like an older brother that I wish I had. He sort of looks out for me, and I remember when the role came up in the movie, I reached out to him, I was nervous about it, I said "I don't know if I can do this" and he said "It's alright buddy, I gotcha."

ThatMarkGuy1621 karma

Hey Mark! For 13 Going On 30, did you have to learn the dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, or did you already know it?

Mark_Ruffalo2154 karma

I had to learn to dance the thriller dance. It took me a long time. MJ was a really good dancer.

DohRayMeme1603 karma

Lets start with the Buffalo in the room. Your name rhymes with Buffalo. Was this bad in school, or did you pivot it into a cool nickname. Are there any other animal names with which you would prefer your last name to rhyme? Lastly, does working with Water Defense make you a Water Ruffalo?

Mark_Ruffalo1891 karma

Hahaha! I knew, one day, that I would be able to call myself a Water Ruffalo. And so I was born into the Ruffalo family.

I was teased relentlessly for having a name that rhymed with "Buffalo" but at some point I turned that in my favor. I just started saying "Ruffalo" like "Buffalo" and at that point, I sort of took it back from the people who used it to make fun of me because I'd introduce it myself - they'd say "What's your name" and I'd say "Ruffalo, like Buffalo." And then my friends started calling me "Ruff" and that's been my nickname since then.

fudgestripes1432 karma

After watching the Avengers, you became my favorite Hulk/Bruce Banner.
Compared to all your roles in other great movies, do you consider this to be your favorite?
And when will you be in a zombie movie?? Do you love Breaking Bad?

Mark_Ruffalo1450 karma

Thanks alot. I loved playing Banner/Hulk I hope to be do it a lot more in the future. My movies are like my kids it's hard to pick a favorite. I was just in the park playing Zombie tag with my kids. Whats not to love about Breaking Bad?

TheCandyPerfumeBoy1214 karma

Was it difficult not falling in love with Matt Bomer during the filming of The Normal Heart? I mean, the man has a face chiselled by the hands of God...

Mark_Ruffalo1238 karma

What more can you say?!

jonemillard1185 karma

When you read the script for Shutter Island were you shocked by the twist?

Mark_Ruffalo1792 karma

Yes, I was. I had no idea. I had no idea what was coming.

Mark_Ruffalo1522 karma

Which makes for a good movie!

justSFWthings1038 karma

Hey Mark,

Thanks for hanging out with us. Just one question for you— Do you have any particular Eternal Sunshine memories that really stand out to you? That is, if you haven’t had the procedure done.

Mark_Ruffalo1665 karma

Dancing on the bed in my underwear with Kirsten Dunst was a hilarious improvised moment. That, and getting beat up by Tom Wilkinson's wife.

cookieguyster846 karma

What makes you Hulk level angry?

Mark_Ruffalo2307 karma

People messing up the environment with little care of the people and living things it will effect. Climate Change denial bums me out but that is mostly people who just haven't looked too deeply into the issue or have very little regard for science. Cruelty, and selfishness upset me and greed is a major ugly quality in people.Wars also suck.

violue794 karma

Welcome to Reddit, Mark! My question is a doozy, I hope you're ready.

How do you feel about Razzles?

Mark_Ruffalo1319 karma

They're a candy and a gum. What's not to like? They've got it all!

super4gslte767 karma

Mark, you bring so much life to everything you're featured in, and you're such a joy to watch. With that in mind, how much longer do would you like to play Bruce Banner/Hulk?

Mark_Ruffalo1423 karma

As long as they'll have me. I did the math, and in 3 more movies I'll be in my 50's, and I don't know if anyone wants to see a gray-haired Hulk. Maybe that's not true...

HoennBorn560 karma

Hi Mark! Greetings from Texas. I just wanted to say a quick thank you for giving us the opportunity to donate and support Water Defense. I donated as much as I could broke college student to help support the organization. Needless to say, I cannot wait to meet you on set in London FingersCrossed !!

My question: Are you aware that Bruce Banner in the comics is also an avid environmental activist?!


Mark_Ruffalo676 karma

Hey! Thanks for giving! It means even more coming from someone who does not have a lot of cash laying around. That's why I like the raffle format. So everyone has at least a shot! I am aware that Banner is an environmentalist and he seems to be getting more that way.

Mark_Ruffalo464 karma

Look forward to seeing you on set!!! x m

icario524 karma

Uhm, shit, I don't know what to ask, I've never caught an AMA this early. The pressure is unreal.

Who are you pulling for in the World Cup, Mark?

Mark_Ruffalo897 karma

USA Naturally!

ThisICannotForgive485 karma

Mark, what does everyone need to know about fracking?

Mark_Ruffalo913 karma

That it's no better for climate change. That it pollutes water and air. And renewable energies are at a place right now where we should just move forward with implementing them than to build out an infrastructure that supports hydro-fracking. It's a relatively new technology and by supporting it we're engaging in one of the biggest industrial experiments ever undertaken without understanding what the long-term health effects or consequences are.

vancityEntity457 karma

Hi Mark, what is something that the average fan would not know about you?

Mark_Ruffalo1389 karma

That I'm an introvert. I'm a secret introvert posing as an extrovert.

bertiebarnes442 karma

If you had to pick someone to play my love Jennifer Walters/She Hulk, who'd be your top choice? :)

Mark_Ruffalo789 karma

Oh wow, that's pretty crazy. Well I think Zoe Saldana would be a great She Hulk. It'd be nice to see someone like her join the Avengers. Or someone quiet and demure like Emma Stone would be nice. But it would be up to the powers that be.

John42a427 karma

What's the best life advice you would give?

Mark_Ruffalo1124 karma

Re-define everything that has been taught you. Grasp the unobtainable. Plummet headfirst. Be true to yourself.

Mark_Ruffalo818 karma

I read an article years ago by Michael Stipe and he had said those things. And I still remembered them.

jcsimpson395 karma

Who's your favorite Pokémon?

Mark_Ruffalo1192 karma

Squirtle. For some reason that was the first Pokemon I got on my Gameboy, when I was playing it - they would give you 2 different ones, Charmander or Squirtle, and I started with Squirtle, so I have a warm place in my heart for Squirtle.

judomonkeykyle390 karma

Hi Mark, are you a comic book fan? Who is your favorite superhero?

Mark_Ruffalo868 karma

Well, growing up, when I was little it was the Hulk and Bill Bixby's the Incredible Hulk TV show. But as I got older it was Wolverine, and I have a signed first edition of the Wolverine by Frank Miller. That's pretty cool.

Shermzilla386 karma

If you could rock one Shakespearean role on stage, who would it be?

Mark_Ruffalo616 karma

Oooh wow. Probably Hamlet.

orsie1291 karma

What is your favourite Disney movie and what is your favourite thing to do whilst at the Disney parks?

Mark_Ruffalo541 karma

My favorite Disney movie was probably Fantasia. I like Return to Magic Mountain, that's a fun ride.

Jaguarlion212279 karma

Hi Mark! What got you so devoted to water defense? You have inspired me to rethink how I treat water and I want to thank you for that. Hopefully we can all clean up our planet. Thank you for caring. Jackie

Mark_Ruffalo498 karma

Visiting people in America who couldn't drink their water because of extreme energy extraction aka fracking. And it got me to thinking how easy it is to forget how important our water is to every aspect of our life. Water is life. And it's more precious than any other substance. It's been so available to us in such large quantities that it's easy to forget how wonderful a friend it is. And now with climate change and pollution, it really needs us to begin to look out for it and thus - water defense.

Czarinakhaleesi266 karma

Salve Mark, do you have any pets? If so, what is it? Their name(s)? And can we see a picture? :)

Mark_Ruffalo601 karma

Oh yeah, I do have a pet. We have a pet rabbit. And his name is Blackjack. If I find any pictures I can send you one.


MORE: https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo/status/483699121568894976

MrPrestige263 karma

Hi Mark, what's it like shooting in England? Are there any aspects of British culture/life you've embraced whilst here?

Mark_Ruffalo913 karma



Also I love the fish and chips.

dayofthedead204229 karma

Hi Mark,

I’m a really big fan – thanks for doing this AMA!

I have a few questions. First, you have worked with a lot of acclaimed filmmakers (Scorsese, Fincher, Jonze etc) who did you enjoy working with the most?

Out of all the films you have been in – which one is your personal favorite?

And finally – are you a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones? And if so who is your favorite character?

Mark_Ruffalo343 karma

I had a great time with all of them, but some of them I became friends with. David Fincher is someone in particular that I really love and admire. Jane Campion.

I already said that in the first one I did.

My son watches it, and Tyrion is his favorite.

CuriousCoincidence227 karma

Hi Mark, what shampoo do you use?

Mark_Ruffalo506 karma

Hahaa. Um... whatever my wife's or kids have left in the shower. Whatever's available.

ButtPoop1337222 karma

What's your favorite dessert?

Mark_Ruffalo551 karma

Tiramisu. Haha. Tiramisu! And LOTS and lots and lots of cream.

GetFreeCash167 karma

Hi Mark! I came by to say that I'm a huge fan of your work, especially in Blindness and The Brothers Bloom, so I'm really happy you're doing this AMA.

On to my question. I've seen you over the years appear on talk shows (and, more recently, on social media) speaking out against the practice of fracking, and favouring cleaner energy sources like solar and wind power. Considering how dependent most Americans are on natural gas and other nonrenewable energy sources, what can be done to get more people using sources of clean energy in their everyday lives?

Thanks again for doing this AMA, Mark!

Mark_Ruffalo325 karma

Well, the good news is that renewable energy is now affordable to everyone, through either leasing from companies like Solar City or Sungevity, or financing them through crowdsourced funding like Solar Mosaic. Wal-Mart has gone 100% renewable energy, not because they're environmentalists or "tree huggers" (*I love tree huggers, I am one, hug a tree today), but because it's good for business. Today Wal-Mart generates more solar energy than 38 states. That's because it's good for business. We are living in a very special time, and we will see the end of the fossil fuel paradigm in our lifetime. At that point, there will be an abundance of resources that would normally go to defending and paying for expensive fossil fuels, but instead that money will go to our cities, our schools, our hospitals, and the people who need it. Shine on.

Scottishlass28130 karma

Hey Mark... Where in the world is your fav place to visit?

Mark_Ruffalo303 karma

Wow. I just love to travel. I love to be near big bodies of water. So I don't have a favorite place. But I love to surf. And I love to swim. And I love the water. I love to float on a river.

RouxBalls129 karma

How many socks have you eaten today?

Mark_Ruffalo343 karma

Um... only 4. I'm on a diet.

The-Fine-Print128 karma

Who was your biggest inspiration?

Mark_Ruffalo219 karma

Oh man, I've had so many inspirations in my life. I would probably say the Poet Walt Whitman is a big inspiration for me. And Joanne Linville, my acting teacher at the Stella Adler school in Los Angeles. She gave me the great gift of acting. And that opened up my life to many, many other gifts.

elenyc116 karma

Hi Mark- big fan! You were amazing in The Normal Heart. What was your biggest thing you learned from making that movie?

Mark_Ruffalo223 karma

Oh gosh, that a handful of people can change the world.

btotherad115 karma


Mark_Ruffalo327 karma

Hahaha. Um, all I know is when a young person, I cursed it. It was nothing more than a giant afro. And then I learned not to wash it every day, and not to comb it. I learned to let it be wild.

Axel927102 karma

Hey Mark!

What's your favorite book, or book you wish you had time to read, but haven't yet?

Mark_Ruffalo207 karma

Well, my favorite book is probably - that's tough, I have a lot of books I love. Hmmm. I would say Ask the Dust and Catcher in the Rye, just for sentimental reasons. And the one book that I wish I had time and the years that it would take to understand would be James Joyce's Ulysses.

CordeAmare96 karma

Hi, Mark. Thank you for doing this AMA and for Water Defense.


What can the HULK (not Bruce) do to help keep our water clean and free of contamination?

Mark_Ruffalo299 karma

Oh man. He can smash polluters.

papadoc0386 karma

What is the best movie with you in it that nobody knows about?

Mark_Ruffalo201 karma

There were a few - You Can Count on Me, The Brothers Bloom, and What Doesn't Kill You are a few.

Shakeyyyy85 karma

Hi Mark

How many people will be selected to spend a day with you on set out of us who have donated to Water Defence ?

Mark_Ruffalo196 karma

I think it's one lucky person. But since it's going so well, and my followers have made every other celebrity jealous for their support, if we get past our fundraising goal, we'll do a +1.

cipollakate72 karma

Hi! Do you have anything coming up that you're writing/directing?

Mark_Ruffalo163 karma

No, I don't. I had some things but they've been put on the shelf. I'm on an acting run. And I'm taking advantage of it before they throw me out, and then I'll go back to directing.

T2nunu35 karma

Hi Mark! I know this is off topic, but dinosaurs or dragons?

Mark_Ruffalo91 karma

Dragons. Most def.

rshappy25 karma

On a scale from 1 to lots, how much fun did you have on Community?

Mark_Ruffalo134 karma

Hahahahaha! Um, I think you've got the wrong actor. That's awesome, but I think you have the wrong actor.