William Hurt, star of the upcoming drama The Yellow Handkerchief, told reporters that he is interested in reprising his role as The Incredible Hulk's General 'Thunderbolt' Ross in future Marvel movies if asked by the filmmakers. "If they call me, I'll answer," Hurt said in a roundtable interview Thursday in Los Angeles, Calif. "I would do it."
Ironically, Hurt's answer came immediately after he described unfavorably the challenges of working on tentpole movies and blockbusters. "It's horrendously difficult," Hurt confessed. "It's awful. It's hard. It's like, why didn't you give me any rehearsal, especially when the budget went up? I get that much more scared when I go to work."
That said, Hurt seemed to enjoy some of his time on The Incredible Hulk, in particular the film's post-credits coda where Ross and Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., discuss assembling a team which may turn into The Avengers. "We [improvised] that," he revealed. "That entire scene, there was no lines written down for that scene. We [improvised] that entire scene. We actually had more of a script because of that, a feeling of more invention because of that, so we could actually go, okay, who do I think my character is? Well, what do you say next? I haven't got a clue; let's have a shot at it."
Hurt's new film, The Yellow Handkerchief, which also stars Kristen Stewart, Eddie Redmayne and Maria Bello, opens in limited release on February 26, 2010.