Social media is weird, you guys. It was already tough to figure out if people were being silly or sarcastic online -- is that winky face passive aggressive? What do the extra exclamation points mean? --- and in 140 characters, it can be even harder. Whether Gary Whitta ("The Book of Eli," "After Earth," an upcoming "Star Wars" project) was serious or just tweetin' around, his fan-casting of Mark Ruffalo as Columbo struck a nerve with folks who loved the mystery series and its adorably gruff star, Peter Falk.
Then Ruffalo, who is an active Twitter user, chimed in.
Look at this man, how is this NOT the Columbo of today? pic.twitter.com/Vl8heHmGve- Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 15, 2014
The idea started snowballing:
@garywhitta LOL. I have been working on it!- Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 15, 2014