‘Avengers: Endgame’ Star Mark Ruffalo Reveals the Movie That Made Him Cry

Mark Ruffalo – the actor behind the soft-hearted and destructive green superhero we all know and love – is set to appear in Avengers: Endgame April 26, 2019. Given that his Hulk refused to assist in the last Avengers movie, it’s likely that, when he comes out to play in the upcoming film, the moment will be chill-inducing.

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Though playing the Hulk since 2012 in The Avengers, Ruffalo does not cite a superhero movie when asked to name a film that made him cry. However, no matter what all the tough guys say, we know that they were crying over Tony Stark and Peter Parker’s intimate goodbye at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. The scene only further augmented the father-son dynamic that the writers had been fortifying all along. However, that moment has already been covered with due diligence. We’re here to discuss what makes the real-life Hulk tear up.

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‘Toto Le Héros’ Made Mark Ruffalo Cry

When asked to reveal a sad movie that made him cry, Mark Ruffalo stated:

“Toto Le Héros [Toto the Hero]. It’s a really beautiful movie about a man who thinks another man got his life. And, he spends the movie trying to kill the man. He sees someone who he grew up with, who had the beautiful girl, and he, because he thought this other person had his life, he totally missed his life.”

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A Switched at Birth story turned somber, Toto Le Héros, though relatively unknown amongst today’s everyday viewing audience, was hailed as a critical success when it first premiered in 1991.

About ‘Toto Le Héros’

Toto the Hero follows Thomas through mental flashbacks; laying in bed in his retirement home, he looks back on his existence filled with resentment and despair. Though Thomas dreamed of becoming a secret agent, he spent most of his employed years as an unexceptional bureaucrat.

While grasping to the notion that he and another baby were switched at birth, Thomas believes that his lifelong rival is living the existence he was destined to have. Filled with jealousy, Thomas contrives a plan to settle the score once and for all.

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Clearly, Mark Ruffalo picked a movie that hones in on the actor’s performance as opposed to cinematic ingenuity, breathtaking set design, or clever makeup work. While all these other film facets aid to a viewer’s experience, actors usually favor movies that hone in on a character’s internal state and journey.

There’s an old saying about theatre patrons: “actors tend to sit in the front, while set designers and directors choose to sit further back.” If you think about it, the reasoning is rather obvious: from the front, you see expressions. From the back, you see the overall effect.

‘Toto the Hero’ cast

Michael Coquet starred as the “old” Thomas in Toto the Hero, while Joe De Backer and Thomas Godet played the middle-aged and childhood Thomas respectively. Peter Bohlke plays Alfred, the nemesis, as an elderly man. Didier Ferney plays an adult Alfred, while Hugo-Harold Harrison plays Alfred throughout his adolescent years.

The film, directed by Jaco Van Dormael and written by Didier De Neck, was hailed as a “dazzling inventive debut” for Jaco Van Dormael by Newsweek critic David Ansen. The film currently boasts an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

So, if you’re looking to get a good cry in, consider taking a note from Mark Ruffalo, and watch Toto the Hero this weekend.