Edward Norton Was Notoriously Difficult to Work With …
While Marvel Studios hasn’t been totally immune to behind-the-scenes complications, largely does that friction involve the talent. But that wasn’t the case on “The Incredible Hulk,” a movie that saw star Edward Norton rewriting pages of the script almost every day. Eventually Norton told an audience at Comic Con that he was responsible for the film’s screenplay. It is credited solely to Zak Penn, who wrote an early and ultimately rejected version of “The Avengers” script too. Norton, it seems, was responsible in toning down the presence of SHIELD and removed an appearance from comic book character Rick Jones.
In the end, most of what Norton had come up with, including a series of flashbacks that were condensed into an opening montage, was either removed or reconfigured to the point of being unrecognizable, leaving Norton angry to the point that he probably almost turned into a giant green rage monster.
Apparently, the slight still stings. Earlier this year, at the Comedy Central roast of Bruce Willis, Norton brought up “The Incredible Hulk” (yes, really). "I tried to be like you," Norton said at the event."I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script." He also zinged: “"I thought we should try to make one Marvel movie that was as good as the worst Chris Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking." But, um, no hard feelings Ed?