Stan Lee's Thoughts on The Hulk Movie
Friday, May 3 2002
Posted on IGN/FilmForce
The following is an excerpt from an interview IGN/FilmForce conducted with Stan Lee. The entire interview can be found here.
IGNFF: It's the "David Banner Syndrome" of Hollywood changing things...
LEE: The funny thing is with Bruce Banner (being changed to David Banner in the Hulk TV show), I agreed to a lot of the changes. Like when Ken Johnson, the director and writer, said he didn't want the Hulk to talk. I had the Hulk saying things like "Hulk Smash!" and "Me Hulk! Me Angry!" or whatever the hell stupid thing I had and I realized Ken was right. It would have sounded very corny for him to talk that way in an adult television series, and by him not talking at all, we overcame the corniness of that kind of language. I mean, I don't mind if people change things a movie can't be the same as a comic. A TV show isn't always the same as a movie. Every form of the media has its own rules, and to make changes to accommodate it to whatever the medium is makes sense.
IGNFF: There's something that I had heard many months ago, as production was ramping up on Spider-Man, that I wanted to ask you about in regards to whether it was accurate or not. I had heard that Marvel's Avi Arad had tried to dissuade Sam Raimi from involving you in any way with the Spider-Man production because he was jealous of all of the attention you got during X-Men's release, in regards to press exposure and so on...
LEE: I have no idea... if it's true, I don't know about it. He certainly didn't call me and say, "I'm trying to keep you away." Avi and I have been very friendly I've had no problems with him. In fact, I don't think the things I'm doing could be done without his approval. I'm going tomorrow to play a little bit role in the Daredevil movie, and then next week I've got a little walk-on or something in the Hulk movie, and I appeared in the Spider-Man movie for a moment. And every time I meet Avi, he's very friendly. This is the first I've heard of that.
IGNFF: Of the upcoming films Daredevil is in the works, Hulk is in the works, Fantastic Four is in the works which is the one that you're looking forward to the most?
LEE: Believe it or not, every one of them. I mean, I can't wait to see The Hulk... I can't wait to see Daredevil... The Fantastic Four it'll be amazing to see how they do that... I think The Silver Surfer is in the works... The Sub-Mariner is... Iron Man... It's like, every one of them! I think Marvel will end up being the biggest company in showbiz.
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