Mark Ruffalo Says He is Recognized More for ’13 Going on 30′ Than MCU

Mark Ruffalo, well-known for his portrayal of the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the beloved romantic comedy “13 Going on 30.” In an Instagram video with co-stars Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer, Ruffalo discussed the enduring impact of this film on his career.

“There’s two types of people in this world. There’s Hulk people, and there’s ’13 Going on 30′ people, and I get equal amounts,” Ruffalo revealed. He then clarified, “way more ’13 Going on 30.'”


Directed by Gary Winick and starring Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink, the film follows a 13-year-old girl who wakes up as a 30-year-old, navigating life in the fashion industry and rekindling her relationship with her childhood friend, Matt, played by Ruffalo. The film was a box office success, earning $96.4 million globally and has remained a fan favorite over the years.

The reunion video also included some nostalgia as the cast reminisced about the early 2000s, highlighting how much has changed in the world since then. Judy Greer expressed surprise when recalling that Brie Larson, another Marvel co-star, appeared in the film as one of the “Six Chicks,” the cliquey group that tormented Garner’s character.

In addition to discussing “13 Going on 30,” Ruffalo shared insights into his broader career trajectory and his thoughts on being typecast. Speaking to High Snobiety, he expressed his commitment to diversity in his roles. “What I felt immediately in the film world is, once you did one thing well, that’s what they think you are. They will just come to you with that part over and over again. And I was like, ‘No.’ My career is not going to be that. I’m going to do as much as I can to try and make people see me in different ways so that I can do more over the years,” Ruffalo said.

Reflecting on his current projects and the future, Ruffalo, now 55, conveyed a bold approach to his acting choices. “I’m getting a little bored of myself as Mark Ruffalo. I was trying to take the ship as close to the reef as I could possibly get without actually running aground. There’s a daringness in this that I normally wouldn’t have. I was just like, ‘Fuck it, If I go down in a flaming disastrous performance, I don’t really give a shit,'” he candidly stated.

Wrapping Up

Mark Ruffalo’s reflections reveal a versatile actor who values growth and challenges in his career. Whether it’s the fantastical world of the MCU or the nostalgic charm of “13 Going on 30,” Ruffalo’s performances continue to resonate with audiences around the globe. For more insights into his career and to catch up on his latest projects, visit HITPLAY.

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