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February 28 2011

Mark Ruffalo speaks "The Avengers". Mark Ruffalo has read the script and says "It's cool, it's gonna be great. The script is a nice combination of funny and was very in Joss Whedon's wheelhouse. "

I had to look up what a wheelhouse was. Baseball term?
Pretty sure he said "Josh," but he has an accent that could excuse that.
Simon- Yes it's a baseball term. Sounds like it is very true to Whedon's style.
Yes, Simon. It has to do with where a hitter likes the ball pitched in the strike zone. It's their power hitting sweet spot.
Wasn't there a Whedonesque topic saying Mark wouldn't be doing the motion capture? I think this puts that one to bed.
Gossi- I do recall that there was a tweet of some sort that someone had just tried out for The Hulk.
It sounded like "Josh" to me. It kills me every time. Whenever I talk with my dad about Whedon's work I always have to correct him, too.

"It's Joss, Dad! Not Josh! You're not allowed to talk to me about Firefly until you get it right."

[ edited by Emmie on 2011-02-28 01:19 ]
My son's name is Josh, and I've been known to switch them around. Ooops.
Yeah, I was disappointed when that thing about some actor trying out for the Hulk came out. Glad that was wrong. :D

I think Joss is Josh. And Josh is Joss. They're one and the same, sharing the same body.
Maybe Josh is just one of the Whedon brothers we haven't heard of yet. They keep him under wraps, and sometimes he ghostwrites for Joss when he's busy doing one of the other hundred projects he's got on the go. Mark Ruffalo let it slip--bad Mark Ruffalo, bad! Unless maybe he just felt it was time Josh got some of the recognition he deserved.
According to Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, wheelhouse is another name for pilothouse and dates to 1835. Under "pilothouse", the definition is "a deckhouse for a ship's helmsman containing the steering wheel, compass, and navigating equipment." This definition is from 1846, so wheelhouse is the earlier term.
Yeah it was some kind of athlete or some variety I believe, he said he was auditioning to be the body of the hulk. My qusetion is; did he ever specify that it was for the Avengers? Maybe it's for a game? Or a tv show? Or some other such spinoff from the Hulk franchise?
He's talking about the movie.
According to Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, wheelhouse is another name for pilothouse and dates to 1835.

The OED has that definition from 1835 but also has it earlier, from 1808, as in a building where cart-wheels are stored (and generally, a building where big wheels "live" e.g. the wheelhouse of a water mill). I'd heard the common usage before on US TV shows/books etc. (kind of the same as being in someone's bailiwick, general sphere of knowledge) but didn't realise it came from baseball. Cool, learned something new already and i'm barely even awake yet ;).
And I think you're missing the point...."wheelhouse" means going for the gold. The ultimate.

Course, for us, that calls for a tall order!
And I think you're missing the point...."wheelhouse" means going for the gold. The ultimate.

Well, someone is 'Hatter cos no, it doesn't, see above ;).
I stand corrected. Thank you, Saje!
Is it possible they brought in a muscled guy to do the movements just as a reference to show Mr. Ruffalo how he should move while acting like he has huge muscles?
Maybe the muscle guy's a stand-in?
My impression for "wheelhouse" is that the batter is able to comfortably and quickly wheel (rotate the hips and upper body) on certain pitch locations, and thus "take it to the house".

Not implying that is its original meaning, just that Ruffalo is using the baseball interpretation.

[ edited by OneTeV on 2011-02-28 19:37 ]

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