There’s been no less than three attempts to bring The Hulk to the big screen in the past decade – 2003’s “Hulk” with Eric Bana, 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” with Edward Norton, and 2012 “The Avengers” with Mark Ruffalo.
Ruffalo’s portrayal received the most acclaim, while the 2003 film with Bana is often considered the weakest of the three. The film’s director Ang Lee attempted a distinct take on the character which fans didn’t respond to well.
Now Bana, speaking with The Huffington Post, says he doesn’t regret making the film. Even so, he is glad he didn’t have to play the role again:
“I’m proud of what it tried to do. I apologize to all those people who were so angry about it…I’m fascinated by the people who hated that movie and feel compelled to watch it again, which always blows my mind. But, yeah, it is what it is and I certainly don’t regret doing it.
I think I’m so lucky it didn’t happen….One of the things I was most fearful of at the time is it being a huge success…If I had done three Hulks, it would have wiped out — and it always takes a long time to do those movies — so it would take six of my movies off the table.”
Bana’s six films following “Hulk” were “Troy,” “Munich,” “Lucky You,” “Romulus My Father,” “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “Star Trek”.