The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Mark Ruffalo

The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Mark Ruffalo


Mark Ruffalo has earned a reputation as one
of Hollywood’s genuine good guys. The Wisconsin-native is as humble a movie star as you’re likely
to meet, but life hasn’t always been as kind to him as he is to others. In fact, given
everything he’s been through, it’s a wonder that he isn’t a total jerk. Today, the affable
Avenger is enjoying the heights of his fruitful career, but before he played the Hulk in Hollywood’s
biggest franchise, he had to first experience the lowest of lows. From crippling poverty
and illness to several brushes with death, this is the tragic – but ultimately triumphant
– real-life story of Mark Ruffalo. His family went bankrupt He might be able to pull off playing a scientific
genius in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Ruffalo didn’t exactly shine academically
as a child. When he sat down for an interview with Men’s Journal, the former C-student told
them that he believes he suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia for years, but he dug in and finished
high school anyway. After graduation, his family uprooted and moved to what the profile
described as a “seedy beach community” in San Diego – and things didn’t exactly work
out with that move, either. He explained: “Within six months, we went from normal to
bankrupt and eliminated as a family.” His dad, Frank, packed his bags and moved
back to Wisconsin, leaving his four kids and wife Marie behind. Ruffalo had excelled as
a wrestler in school, but despite being told that he had a shot at a scholarship, he decided
to pursue a career as an actor instead. He moved into a $600-a-month apartment with two
friends and his kid brother Scott. Ruffalo recalled of that era: “He’d make a f***ing
giant bowl of tuna pasta, and we’d eat off that all week long. The best of times, the
worst of times.” He battled real-life anger issues At first glance, Mark Ruffalo wouldn’t appear
to be a natural fit for the part part of the ever-agitated Hulk. Nick Fury actor Samuel
L. Jackson called him a “cuddly little bear” and revealed that “everyone loves hugging
on Mark” on the set of the Marvel movies. But, believe it or not, he used to be a lot
more like his big green alter-ego. “Now might be a good time for you to get angry.” “That’s my secret, Captain. I’m always angry.” Ruffalo told the New York Daily News: “You
should have seen me in my 20s, man. I was the poster definition of an angry young man
with a persecution complex … I was struggling as a young actor, suffering through imagined
or real slights from other people’s hands. So it wasn’t too hard to revisit those places.” Ruffalo spent so long dealing with professional
rejection that he started to bring his anger home with him. He remembered: ” … there was a time if you came into my
apartment, there were pictures and posters hanging in very odd places where they were
covering fist-holes through walls. Glasses that had been thrown through, coffee mugs,
books, whatever I could get a hold of.” He suffered from anxiety The three-time Academy Award nominee told
Rolling Stone in 2015 that he eventually reached a point where he was struggling to sleep because
his brain wouldn’t “shut off” at night. Luckily, an old friend recommended that he try meditation,
and it changed his life. Ruffalo told Rolling Stone: “I had a friend
who had been a longtime drug addict. He did the [meditation] program, and we hooked up
again after a couple years … He had been the angriest man in the world, and he had
such a calm demeanor. I had never seen a human being change that much.” The actor sought out his own meditation teacher
to see if it would work for him in the same way, and the results were astonishing: “It’s pretty much a daily practice that quiets
your brain and oddly enough, actually slows down time, so you’re not so much trapped in
your immediate reactions to things. And everything changed. My work started to change, my luck
started to change. The way the world looked to me changed.” According to the actor, practicing meditation
gave him, quote, an “enormous amount of hope” that everything was going to be okay. He had a brain tumor Ruffalo’s big break came at the turn of the
millennium when he was cast in the critically acclaimed drama You Can Count on Me, the success
of which led to a role alongside the legendary Robert Redford in 2001’s The Last Castle.
He told Men’s Journal: “It was big-time. There I was with one of my heroes, Robert Redford,
doing this walk-and-talk. … This is my wildest dream come true!’… And then I found out
I had my brain tumor.” “You have a mass behind your left ear the
size of a golf ball. And we don’t know what it is yet.” Ruffalo was informed that he had an acoustic
neuroma behind his left ear and would need surgery to have it removed as soon as possible.
Surgeons informed him that there was an 80 percent chance he would lose his hearing,
and a 20 percent chance his facial nerves would be permanently damaged. “Honestly, I thought I was gonna die.” While the star came out of surgery alive and
well, it wasn’t without its complications. Ruffalo told The Acoustic Neuroma Association: “My father told me that my heart had stopped
briefly on the operating table, so that was scary to me.” Thankfully, his heart started beating again,
but despite the removal of the benign growth, his battle was just beginning. “They told me the surgery went well, they
got all the tumor, they preserved my nerve … but I just heard a ringing in my left
ear.” Half of his face was paralyzed When that ringing faded, Ruffalo realized
that he’d lost all hearing in his left ear. Worse still … “I woke up after that, and my face was paralyzed
and I couldn’t close my eye.” He told the Telegraph in 2011: “I was like
that for about 10 months and the likelihood of it ever getting better looked pretty remote.
The chances of the nerves coming back diminish each month and month seven was pretty much
the cut-off point. But finally the paralysis did start to go. In all, I disappeared for
a year.” In that time, Ruffalo kept quiet about why
he’d dropped off the map, but that didn’t stop people from guessing. “There were all kinds of rumors about what
had happened to me. Drugs, alcoholism, AIDS. Whatever the truth, I was damaged goods. I
mean, no one is going to hire an actor with half a paralyzed face.” Fortunately, his facial nerves eventually
recovered and he fought his way back into the spotlight. In 2011, he got his first Oscar
nod for his performance in The Kids Are Alright. Did somebody take his brother’s life? In December 2008, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s
Office ruled that Ruffalo’s younger brother Scott was offed. When paramedics arrived at
the 39-year-old hairdresser’s Beverly Hills condo, they found him with a gunshot wound
to the side of the head. He was rushed to the hospital and managed to hang onto life
for a week, but, when it became clear that he wasn’t going to recover, his life support
was switched off, devastating his family. The two other people present at Scott’s home
that night were arrested but told authorities that Scott inflicted the wound on himself
during a game of Russian roulette. Ruffalo was set to star in Noah Baumbach’s
Greenberg at the time, but he dropped out of the indie flick to grieve. Not for the
first time in his career, losing a role because of a tragedy turned out to be a blessing in
disguise, as when Ruffalo returned to the fold he gained a part in what would become
the highest-grossing Hollywood franchise of all time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He
told In New York, “My friends have a term, getting ‘Ruffaloed.'”… “‘Ruffaloed’ is when you have what seems to
be bad luck that actually turns into good luck later.” Not that he wouldn’t change things if he could. He told Men’s Journal: “You always wonder,
‘What could I have done differently?’ But there’s also the healthier part that says,
‘You integrate it, and you get on.’ You never get over it, you just get used to it. You
get calloused, a little bit harder maybe, so be on guard for that. But take these tragic
things and turn them into something meaningful and worthy of the loss. Make it count. From
here on out, do the best you can to make it count.” He was accused of terrorism… or was he? In 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle reported
that Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security had placed the Oscar-nominated actor on the
terror watch list after he publicly discussed his concerns over natural gas drilling in
the United States. “They’re ready to drill ASAP. And that’s the
drinking water of ten million people.” Ruffalo was an ardent supporter of Gasland,
a Sundance Special Jury Prize-winning fracking documentary. He helped organize screenings
of the film in an effort to raise awareness of fracking’s potentially disastrous effects
on the environment and those living near the drill sites. This apparently made him a threat
to security, which he found “pretty f***ing funny” at first. As the story gained traction,
however, he was forced to start taking it seriously. He sat down with The Telegraph
to set the record straight, telling them it was all bogus: “Somehow this story came out about my being
on this terrorist list. Fox News picked it up and bundled it together with my brother’s
murder to make it sound as ominous as possible. Then every news organization in the country
ran it without bothering to check if it was true. It wasn’t until The Washington Times
finally nailed the story that it went away.” As annoying as that must’ve been, at least
it brought a lot more coverage to Gasland, right? Talk about getting Ruffaloed. Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift
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  1. That keira knightly film singing. He was drinking Pepsi blue can and I had bought reduced pack of them. He goes who drinks this stuff. Tastes bad. For sure. Good actor good films on addiction particularly one with Ethan hawke

  2. This is weird. I just finished writing a comment about suffering can generate a dynamic, creative force. Now this video on one one of my favorite actors.

  3. I had the same brain tumor behind the same ear! I have more facial palsy than he does, though. I lost all my hearing in my left ear and couldn’t close my left eye either. I had a gold weight inserted in my eyelid! I had that removed though.

  4. I have always been a great admirer of this man… MR. MARK RUFELO.
    After all he has been through! So many obstacles putting itself in front of his face.
    And it feels that way. After all the pain and different horrible things trying to bring him down. Even after the Meditation helping him through it all. God Bless him. He made it out of some awful times and absolutely scary medical issues.
    I am amazed at all he endured and conquered!! Thank you 🙏🏼 for sharing information about MARK RUFELO.
    HE IS A REAL HERO! IN LIFE.

  5. I have been a big fan of Mark eversince l saw him in that movie with Reese Witherspoon years ago. Aside from having a very pleasant & likeable personality, he's very good looking & a great actor. I hope that he'd win an Oscar Award one of these days coz he deserves the honor. It's heartbreaking to learn that he's been thru some tribulations in his life but Good Guys ALWAYS persevere. More power to you & lots of luck in everything you do. We, your faithful fans love you!!!

  6. I’ve always been a fan. Most people from poverty are humble people they never forget their roots no matter what their personal challenges. I’m so happy for his success even though it’s come at a cost, but it’s those mountains he’s climbed makes it all the more rewarding.

  7. I may have not watched a lot of his films but for me, I can see and feel he is a great actor. Glad you made it back with all that.

  8. Self help only works for awhile because Jesus is the only answer.  He is our ultimate help.  If we are under constant trials and  testing it is  to open our spiritual eyes and seek the Lord.  God chastens His children, and if we don't listen, He will give us up to our own ways. Mat 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door (Jesus is the door) will be opened.   God bless!

  9. Vivat Archangel Raffael and vivat Archangel off deathly death for life death must die forever I love Mark Ruffalo for life on Sun!!!

  10. He's Ok, but when he got political and thought his opinion mattered to the general public – he nailed his own coffin… Hey Mark, stick to acting… you coulda gone far…..

  11. I understand this guy completely. the world is full of cunts, but the only thing you need to keep doing is, FIGHTING, never stop FIGHTING!!!

  12. Oh boohoo Mark your still an angry cry baby give me a break this guy is a joke how many sympathy cards do ya have there Mark what a dirt bag.

  13. a low life lonely POS, who whines constantly about himself and his disorders of insignificance in this world he cant control, typical failing actor who has to have others keep his career alive.

  14. You left out that he is an admitted Nazi and racist. If Mr. Ruffalo really wanted to make the world a better place he would suck on a gun and pull the trigger.

  15. That’s terrible. Talk about fake news. Put yourself in his shoes boy I don’t know how I would have handled that!!!!! So sorry all that happened to you. As the saying goes what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Well that surely is a Lot 🙏🏽

  16. I hope he is well. I hope he seeks Jesus for that complete healing. BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES: THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM; AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. Isaiah 53:5 King James. I am not talking about religion, where folks get confused about this. Because religion, is rules, regulations, rituals, traditions made by men and groups. But I am talking about relationship with Christ. He can find it, by accepting Christ. Praying, Repenting for sins, and using a King James bible. For holiness. May "kindness" be his, as he extends kindness to others. And to himself. Only Christ can do this.

  17. I can identify. I had a stroke while under for open heart surgery. I woke up paralyzed on my left side. I recovered mostly, but my left hand is still weak. I was 47 when this happened.

  18. Going through hard times does not make you a jerk, usually just the opposite, if you have any introspection in you.. Going through life without any real-life difficulties, THAT is what makes you a jerk.

  19. Happy birthday hulk aka mark Ruffalo. I am a big fan of you . I have seen all of your marvel movies. I have a toy of hulk buster and hulk . Shamit

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