Mark Ruffalo is having the best year of his career.
He's just been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the actor is starring in not one but two of the year's most critically acclaimed films, Oppenheimer and Poor Things — the latter earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Ruffalo is well-versed in being praised for offering support to films' larger roles. In fact, the 56-year-old has been nominated in the category four times, receiving Best Supporting Actor nominations for The Kids Are All Right in 2011, Foxcatcher in 2015 and Spotlight in 2016.
Wisconsin-born Ruffalo is one of only eight actors to be nominated for this particular Academy Award four times. However, the Marvel alum has never been nominated in the Best Actor category.
Mark Ruffalo is always the supportive bridesmaid, never the bride.
In a recent interview, he recalled feeling discarded by a studio representative early in his career. "Studios, they weren’t coming to me in that way," Ruffalo reflected to High Snobiety before his big Marvel break.
"I'll never forget when they were negotiating my deal [for Zodiac], the studio negotiator literally said to my manager, 'Look, we don't give a sh*t about Mark Ruffalo. We don't even want Mark Ruffalo in this movie.'"