Edward Norton v. Marvel: The War Rages On
Edward Norton and Marvel could not come to a deal for the new Avengers movie, and the mud-slinging has begun. Marvel’s President of Production, Kevin Feige said, “our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members.” Norton’s people were pissed by his statement and subsequently released a rather long play-by-play about what happened, but here’s Norton’s version in a nutshell: they started financial negotiations, they could not come to an agreement, and Marvel pulled the plug. So Norton’s people don’t appreciate Marvel’s personal attacks. When I first heard that Norton was even considered for this role I was shocked, considering the stunt he pulled with ‘The Hulk,’ where he refused to promote the film because he was pushed out of the editing room. That being said, I am not sure why Marvel decided to go public with such a personal attack. My guess is that they were pissed that they could not come to a financial agreement after weeks of negotiating, and decided to lodge some daggers at Norton as payback. It’s extremely unprofessional and unnecessary. Could you imagine if one of your former bosses released a statement to all of America about how much you suck? It might be pretty difficult to get another job after that.