Mark Ruffalo drops out of film project in wake of brother’s death

Actor Mark Ruffalo has dropped out of his latest project to deal with a family emergency: the death of his younger brother, Scott. Earlier this week it was revealed that Scott Ruffalo’s shooting death was the result of a tragic but senseless accident involving drugs and a game of Russian Roulette. Ruffalo was set to appear in a new film by Noah Baumbach, the director behind “The Squid and the Whale” and “Margot at the Wedding.” He’ll be replaced by Ben Stiller, of all people.

Ben Stiller will replace Mark Ruffalo in the upcoming Noah Baumbach dramedy Greenburg. Oddly, no story synopsis has been released, so we know nothing about the project, save for that it’ll be another relationship film like Baumbach’s previous: The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding. Amy Adams was also initially set to star in the film, but has reportedly dropped out as well. While Ruffalo’s leaving might have to do with the tragedy surrounding his brother, we don’t know why Adams left. Stiller is an acceptable replacement, although it will certainly be odd seeing him take on a dramatic role.

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Again, condolences to Mark and his family. Work is probably not a big priority for him at this time, so it’s understandable that he would drop out of this project. I’m rather flabbergasted that the casting directors would think Ben Stiller is a suitable replacement for a serious actor like Ruffalo, but who knows? Maybe Stiller is bored with playing the exact same buffoon in every single movie.

Here’s Mark Ruffalo looking very clean-cut and handsome at the premiere of “Reservation Road.” Photo credits: FAME.

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  1. KateNonymous says:

    I can’t imagine how anyone could do anything but drop out of a film project at a time like this.

    It’ll be good to see Ben Stiller do something else. It’s been a long time since he’s tried.

  2. Lori says:

    How sad about this guy’s brother. I’ve gotta ask though…who is Mark?

    I don’t know who he is and don’t think I have ever seen him in anything. I can see he is quite the celeb. Every site is talking about this. Can anyone tell me?

  3. Kristin says:

    Mark has been in a lot, I’ve only seen him in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 13 Going on 30, and Just Like Heaven. Here is his a list of his films:

  4. Ally says:

    I really recommend renting “You Can Count On Me” with Laura Linney. Terrific movie, and it set Mark Ruffalo onto getting other good parts.

  5. velvet elvis says:

    I had literally just watched him play that tragic character in Reservation Road when I first heard the news about his brother being shot. So freaking sad.

  6. tess says:

    agree with ally. mark burst on to the screen with “you can count on me” and i think it’s his finest movie to date. he is a great stage actor as well.

    he had a brain tumour several years ago as well. it was successfully removed.