Eric Bana seemed like the perfect Bruce Banner in 2003. He was brooding, dark, and just nerdy enough to actually be believable as a scientist. Ang Lee was the guy who directed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It seemed like a dream team.
Ang Lee’s Hulk is probably the worst comic book movie ever made. I’d put it right down there with Roger Coreman’s Fantastic Four and Catwoman. It’s disgustingly bad. It misses everything that makes Hulk great. It also has some of the most frustratingly stylized cinematography ever put on film. It sucks. There’s no two ways about it. It sucks really hard.
At a recent screening of Closed Circuit, Bana gave an interview about his feelings towards Hulk.
Vulture: I re-watched Ang Lee‘s Hulk the other day.
Eric Bana: I’m sorry about that.
Vulture: Do you not like it? Compared to the superhero movies now, it’s certainly an interesting take.
EB: Yeah, well, it was the first of the “dark” take. Make no mistake.
Vulture: Are you not proud of that movie?
EB: I’m proud of what it tried to do. I apologize to all those people who were so angry about it.
Vulture: I think time has been kind to Hulk.
EB: I don’t know about that.
Vulture: I think people like it more now than they did in 2003.
EB: Well, I don’t know. 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.
Vulture: Do you ever think about your career if that had been a huge success and you would have done a few Hulk movies?
EB: Yes. And I think I’m so lucky it didn’t happen. So, I think the opposite — one of the things I was most fearful of at the time is it being a huge success [laughs].
I still hate the film, but Bana comes off as really down to earth and relatable. I’d hang out with him. I don’t think I’ll be watching the Hulk anytime soon, but he seems like a super nice guy.