Mark Ruffalo has revealed that he was told he'd never make it as an actor when he was just starting out in the business.
In a candid new interview, the actor – who has appeared as Bruce Banner aka the Hulk in several Marvel movies, as well as playing other roles in award darlings like The Kids are All Right, Foxcatcher and Spotlight – admitted that it took him "a long time" to pluck up the courage to start auditioning for screen roles in the 1980s.
"I was afraid and had so little confidence," he told Variety. "I did a few play auditions, but my first real audition was after high school for SUNY Purchase. After my audition, the head of the department said, 'What are you going to do when you realise you'll never make it as an actor?'"
Afterwards, Ruffalo was asked what he would say to said person if we were to ever meet them again, having carved out a hugely successful career for himself and received three Oscar nominations. "'Maybe you should get a new line of work,'" he laughed.
Later, the Shutter Island star offered a piece of advice to those who may want to pursue a career in acting, but find it difficult to put themselves out there through fear of rejection.
"Say to that little part of yourself, 'Listen, you son of a bitch. I know you're there, but you don't control me. I want to live my dreams and I'm going to make one step towards them. And the road will meet me there."
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