August 27, 2013
Eric Bana Says He's 'Lucky' That 'Hulk 2' Never Happened

Although Eric Bana drew the ire of many comic book nerds with his turn in Ang Lee's Hulk, he said he's very proud of what they attempted to put together.

However, the Closed Circuit star isn't exactly depressed that he didn't get a chance to make a sequel. According to Bana, he feels "lucky" that the follow-up never happened.

During his chat with The Huffington Post, the actor was asked whether or not he was happy with how Ang Lee's adaptation turned out. Apparently Bana has no regrets, but that doesn't mean he would have been thrilled about doing a sequel.

"I'm proud of what it tried to do. I apologize to all those people who were so angry about it. 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," Eric Bana explained.

The actor continued, "I think I'm lucky it didn't happen. One of the things I was most fearful of at the time is it being a huge success. If I had done three 'Hulk' [movies], it would take six of my movies off the table."

Although Eric Bana and Ang Lee's Hulk ended up generating around $245 million worldwide, it still wasn't a box office hit for Universal Pictures. The studio attempted to get the character off the ground once again back in 2008. However, even Edward Norton and Louis Leterrier couldn't get people interested.

Mark Ruffalo destroyed fanboy and fangirl hopes earlier this year when he said a standalone Hulk movie wasn't in the works at Marvel at the moment. However, this doesn't mean the studio won't revisit the massive green character at some point down the road.

"A lot of folks have been asking about the next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the 'Avengers 2.' No plans for stand alone. I am not giving up on another standalone Hulk. But it's not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring," he explained.

Eric Bana has since moved on from his days as the Hulk. The actor's thriller Closed Circuit arrives in theaters this Wednesday (August 28).

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