He may be one of Hollywood's most lethal-seeming tough-guys, but that doesn't mean Jason Statham is able to say whatever he likes in interviews with complete impunity. In a bar, sure. On the street, most likely. On a diving board (he was a competitive diver in his youth, don't forget), absolutely.
Say something in an interview, though - and there's always the chance you're going to get your ass kicked by the Hulk.
That, at least, seems to be the message Mark Ruffalo - a.k.a. Avengers: Age of Ultron's The Hulk himself - is sending Statham, after word reached him of the other actor's comments regarding the action in the Marvel movies in which he stars.
Statham, y'see, stirred up a whole lot of controversy a few days back with his suggestion that "anybody" could be an action hero in a Marvel movie - even his grandma:
"A lot of the modern sort of action movies I see, you know, Marvel comic sort of things, I just think, any guy can do it. I have no ambition. I mean, I could take my grandma and put her in a cape, and then put her in a greenscreen, and then have stunt doubles come in and do all the action. Anybody can do it. I mean, they’re relying on stunt doubles, and greenscreen, and $200 million budget, it’s all CGI-created. So to me, that is not authentic. I’m inspired by old, real star guys that can really do it."
Which, let's be honest, are very much fightin' words...as well as a pretty solid confirmation that Statham isn't likely to be heading to the Marvel Universe any time soon (despite the interest Marvel was rumored to have in casting him as Bullseye in Season 2 of Daredevil).
The bigger issue, though?
It Seems Mark Ruffalo Is Set to Do Something About It
Asked about Statham's comments at the premiere of his forthcoming movie Infinitely Polar Bear, Ruffalo didn't so much take the other actor to task, as indirectly challenge him to throw down:
"I mean, do you really need to ask that question? It's Jason Statham...He's like a featherweight. He's got nothing on me! Clearly."
To which, presumably, Jason Statham's response would be something along the lines of this:
Which would, of course, prompt Ruffalo to apologize...
...Y'know, seeing as he was clearly only joking, and is obviously a really nice du...
...wait a second - it looks like he wasn't finished...
...Wait, did Mark Ruffalo really just say (OK, fine, incredibly subtly imply) that? Statham's going to be maaaad.
But, hold up...Ruffalo has another retort:
Ah. One second....
RUN, JASON, RUN!
Y'see, that's the thing about Marvel movies - and why Statham's comments seem to suggest he really doesn't 'get' the MCU.
Now, sure, there's a lot of CGI involved in making Marvel movies - and in order for classy actors like Mark Ruffalo to be able to star there's necessarily also the use of a whole lot of stunt doubles - but that's...just kind of what you have to do to make a movie about a giant green rage monster and his Iron-suit-wearing and boomerang-shield-throwing friends. Otherwise, you're just...remaking the original Incredible Hulk series:
Meanwhile, when Marvel actually wants to do the awesomely brutal, but not especially family-friendly, action that Statham is talking about?
It just goes right ahead and does it...
The big question, though?
Can Mark Ruffalo actually change into the Hulk? 'Cause that would be both amazing, and absolutely terrifying...
Oh, and also:
Who do you think is right?