Ahead of a major movie’s release, the film’s stars more often than not embark on a press tour to promote it. Mark Ruffalo can certainly attest to that, as he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about Avengers: Endgame. However, Ruffalo was then informed of a comparison between himself and fellow actor Noah Centineo.
Ruffalo was born in November 1967 and spent his early years living in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He then relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia, as a teenager. And there, the future Hollywood star attended high school, ahead of another life-changing move with his family. Indeed, after completing his studies, he packed his bags for San Diego, California.
Following the switch to San Diego, Ruffalo moved once again, this time relocating to Los Angeles, California. At that point, he became a student at the Stella Adler Conservatory, a well-known acting school first established in the City of Angels back in 1985. However, the aspiring actor then made an intriguing decision.
Ruffalo became one of the co-founders of the Orpheus Theater Company, showcasing his talents in a number of different roles. And when he wasn’t performing, the Wisconsin native tried his hand at directing, writing and producing some of the stage productions. Alongside that, he also made his on-screen acting debut during that period.
In 1989, Ruffalo marked his first small-screen appearance in the television series CBS Summer Playhouse. The episode, titled American Nuclear, starred the likes of Samantha Mathis, James Farentino and Evander Holyfield. Ultimately, that proved to be his last on-screen performance until 1992, when he featured in a short film.
After that, Ruffalo featured in another short film some 12 months later, titled A Song for You. Off the back of those performances, the actor then bagged his first movie role in 1994’s Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance. A direct-to-video sequel to the 1990 horror film Mirror Mirror, the cast also featured Roddy McDowall, Tracy Wells and Veronica Cartwright.
Later that year, Ruffalo finally made his big-screen bow in the comedy drama The Last Days of Paradise. And taking on the character of J.D., he appeared alongside Noah Wyle, Dermot Mulroney and Kelli Williams. The Wisconsin native’s work in 1994 didn’t end there, though.
Indeed, Ruffalo was cast in an episode of the TV show Due South at that point, before his next film role in 1995. The future star earned a part in the drama A Gift from Heaven, which then led to an appearance in Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur. However, his career then took an important turn the following year.
Prior to landing those film and television roles in the early 1990s, however, Ruffalo had made the decision to pull the plug on his career. He admitted to Backstage magazine in February 2001, “I was ready to quit acting. I was so depressed and so miserable. Then this actress Ria Pavia called me.”
“[Pavia] said, ‘I don’t know you really well, but I think you’d be great for this part. They’re looking for a star, but I keep telling them you’re great,’” Ruffalo continued. “And I said, ‘I don’t want to play that game. Let them get their star.’ But she said, ‘Let me just send you the play.’”
Meanwhile, the play in question was a one-act production titled Betrayed by Everyone, written by Kenneth Lonergan. Ruffalo eventually looked over the script, which in turn changed his bleak outlook at the time. He added, “I read it, and I came out of early retirement. I said, ‘This is my part. No one else can do this part. I know this guy.’”
From there, Ruffalo bagged the part in Lonergan’s play, with the production making its bow at the Met Theater in 1993. Some three years later, though, Betrayed by Everyone was reworked into a longer play titled This Is Our Youth. At that point, the Wisconsin native returned to the stage off the back of his film and TV work.
That second collaboration between Ruffalo and Lonergan in 1996 eventually paved the way to one of the former’s most important movie roles four years later. Following various appearances on the big-screen, he took the lead role in the playwright’s film You Can Count on Me. And the response to his performance was incredibly positive, changing the actor’s career forever.
After that, Ruffalo started to earn some major roles in Hollywood movies such as The Last Castle, Windtalkers and XX/XY. However, 2004 proved to be a real breakout year for him as he featured in four notable films, showcasing his versatility. And it all kicked off with the release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Taking on the role of Stan, Ruffalo starred alongside the likes of Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst and Elijah Wood in that movie. From there, the Wisconsin native took a role in the romantic comedy 13 Going on 30, before appearing in Michael Mann’s thriller Collateral. His year didn’t end there, though.
Off the back of those performances, Ruffalo then starred in the romantic drama We Don’t Live Here Anymore. Following that hectic year, the actor was well on his way to establishing himself in Hollywood, with some more big roles coming his way. Indeed, over the next few years he appeared in movies such as Zodiac, The Kids Are Alright and Shutter Island.
In 2012, though, Ruffalo earned a life-changing part that cemented his position as a star. He was cast as Bruce Banner in the Marvel Studios blockbuster The Avengers, replacing Edward Norton in the role. Taking on both Banner and his angry alter-ego the Incredible Hulk, the Wisconsin native gelled perfectly with his fellow co-stars.
As a result of that fantastic chemistry between the star-studded cast, The Avengers was a major success at the box-office, making over $1.5 billion worldwide. And from there, Ruffalo reprised the role of Banner in the post-credits scene of Iron Man 3 in 2013, before returning in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Much like the previous film, Age of Ultron was a box-office juggernaut. Indeed, it took in more than $1.4 billion across the world. However, that marked Ruffalo’s last appearance as Banner for the next two years. Nevertheless, with the Hulk’s fate left up in the air, he eventually returned in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
A few months later, Ruffalo then joined a host of his fellow Marvel co-stars in the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War. By the end of that movie he was one of the few heroes left standing, with several other characters getting “snapped” out of existence by the villain Thanos. Once again, the film became a huge hit with audiences everywhere.
Indeed, Infinity War earned over $2 billion at the worldwide box-office, with the follow up, Avengers: Endgame, hitting theaters in 2019. Due to that shocking ending, fans have been clamoring for the conclusion for close to 12 months, making Endgame one of the most anticipated releases of the year.
With that in mind, Ruffalo appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in March 2019, ready to talk about the release of Endgame. However, during their interview, Fallon took the opportunity to bring up a debate regarding the Marvel star and another actor. And seizing his chance, the host posed him a question.
“Are you aware of the comparison that people are making between you and Noah Centineo?” Fallon asks Ruffalo, before pulling out a picture of the young actor. “This is Noah Centineo right here. People say you guys look alike.” The resemblance is startlingly noticeable, but the Wisconsin native can’t see it himself.
“Wow,” Ruffalo responds with a laugh. “I wish I was that good looking! Really? No. [Centineo] might be able to play my dad one day!” At that point, Fallon then directs the actor to a clip of Centineo talking. Incredibly, he sounds just like him as well, furthering the comparisons between them.
As the clip continues to play, Centineo addresses the debate from his perspective after reading out a tweet. “‘Anyone else thinking that Noah Centineo could’ve been a young Mark Ruffalo? Just me?’” the actor read. “It’s not just you, casting directors always compare me to him.” And from there, he puts forward a humorous theory.
“I even think [that] I am Mark Ruffalo,” Centineo continues. “And that space and time is just a weird thing that we can’t understand!” Off the back of that clip, Ruffalo appears somewhat lost for words. And then Fallon jokingly asks, “Wow, I mean is that possible? Could that be possible?”
While Ruffalo can’t answer that particular question, he still finds it difficult to accept the comparisons. “Wow, that’s amazing,” he says. “[Centineo] is way better looking than I was! I wish I looked like that, I swear to God.” Then after that, Fallon pulls up an old photo of the Marvel star.
“We went on Instagram and we found a picture of you,” Fallon tells Ruffalo. “This is you when you were 15.” In the photo, the actor was captured with a big smile on his face, sporting some noticeable braces on his teeth. “I think it’s not bad,” the host says, before his guest holds up Centineo’s photo next to it.
“Alright now!” Ruffalo says with a grin. “No it isn’t [similar]. [Centineo], you’re doing way better than me pal! I wish I was you.” And at that point, Fallon draws attention back to the braces, shocked by what he’s seen. “Look at that, there’s no teeth,” the Wisconsin native replies. “It’s just all braces.”
Meanwhile, following that hilarious discussion, Centineo took to Twitter to respond, linking the interview in his tweet. “Son?” the actor wrote on the social media website, referencing Ruffalo’s previous comment. The post subsequently drew a big response from his fans, who flocked to offer their opinions about the comparisons being made.
Indeed, Centineo’s tweet earned over 40,000 likes and more than 3,400 retweets, while also generating over 200 comments. “Okay this is amazing,” wrote one user on the social media website. “That close up image is officially my new lockscreen.” Elsewhere, another user put forward an interesting idea.
“Noah Centineo [and] Mark Ruffalo,” wrote the Twitter user. “[Please] can you do a new version of 17 Again, but instead of Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, Mark ends up becoming Noah? Yes?” Meanwhile, someone else in the comments section focused their attention on Ruffalo’s reaction to the comparison.
“This was the funniest reaction that I have seen in a while,” wrote the social media user. “It truly shows how humble and sweet Mark Ruffalo is. Noah Centineo must be feeling pretty awesome being called more handsome than Mark!” That compliment came off the back of a busy year for Centineo, with 2019 promising to be another exciting period.
Indeed, in 2018 Centineo left both [email protected] and The Fosters, having appeared in over 50 episodes of the latter. Off the back of that, he went on to star in two Netflix movies, the most notable of which was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. In addition to that, the Florida native also headlined the comedy Swiped.
As for Centineo’s 2019, he has three films scheduled for release, starting with the romantic comedy The Perfect Date. And after that, the actor will appear in The Diary and Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of Charlie’s Angels. But his work doesn’t end there. That’s because a sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is being readied for 2020.
Meanwhile, Ruffalo revealed some information regarding the Avengers: Endgame press tour during his interview with Fallon. The star has earned a rather notorious reputation for spoiling Marvel movies, much like his co-star Tom Holland. And on that note, the host questioned if the pair would be put together for the coming junkets.
“I love that guy!” Ruffalo says of Holland when his name gets brought up. “I’m gonna put him in front of me. He’s like a human spoiler shield! I asked to be paired with him during the press [tour], and [Marvel] rejected that. I was like, ‘What about me and Tom Holland?’ [And they said], ‘No! Absolutely not!”
With that in mind, Fallon then asks Ruffalo who he’ll be paired with for the tour. “Chris Evans,” the Wisconsin native responds. “I could just sit there and be beautiful! He’s amazing, come on, it’s Chris Evans. He’s amazing in everything.” At that point, the host indicates that Evans wouldn’t drop any spoilers.
Ruffalo agrees with Fallon’s statement regarding his Avengers co-star, adding, “[Evans is] tight-lipped, he’s Captain America! I’m just Bruce Banner.” Indeed, fans of Marvel will certainly be keeping their eyes peeled for any details over the course of the press tour, with Endgame set to hit theaters in April 2019.
Away from that, though, Ruffalo has some other projects in the works in 2019. Indeed, the actor will star in the David Gordon Green flick Newsflash, joining a cast that includes Seth Rogan and Logan Lerman. In addition to that, he has one of the leading roles in Todd Haynes’ new film, which also stars Anne Hathaway and Bill Pullman.