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In 2008 Marvel Studios kicked off the world-conquering Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with two superhero movies. The first, Iron Man was swiftly followed by The Incredible Hulk. And to bring the big, green meanie to life for the latter, the studio enlisted the talents of Edward Norton for the roles of Bruce Banner and his angry alter-ego. Yet just two years after the movie hit theaters, the studio dumped its acclaimed star via a barbed official statement. This seemingly acrimonious split has since been the topic of much debate. But now, finally, Norton has revealed what really went down behind the scenes.

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The relationship between star and studio actually started out surprisingly well. In fact, it was apparently the bigwigs at Marvel who initially pulled for Norton to take the starring role in The Incredible Hulk. The movie’s director, Louis Leterrier, has even publicly stated that the actor was not his first choice for the part.

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