How did doing The Hulk prepare you for this? And what did you think of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in The Avengers?
I learned quite a bit about CG from The Hulk, and I wouldn’t have been able to do Life of Pi without that. But it’s easier to create an animal, because there exists a good reference — so a tiger or a hyena is easier than a 2,000-pound rage monster. The hardest thing to do is the weight, not the skin, because there’s no reference for something that size that is agile. And the technology’s improved, so you can have more details with Mark’s Hulk. My problem is that I took the whole thing too seriously. I should have had more fun with it, instead of all the psychodrama! [Laughs.]
Lee’s Hulk film grossed $245 million at the global box office, but was still viewed as a commercial dissapointment. What do you think? Would Lee’s film have been more successful with more fun?