Speaking in view of his recent Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 'Foxcatcher', Mark Ruffalo says that his co-star Channing Tatum deserved it more.
Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. Pic/Santa Banta
"The biggest bummer about the whole thing is that Channing, who really is incredible in the film, hasn't been recognized the way I think he deserves to be," Ruffalo said. "He should be here in my place in a lot of ways. That's the real truth."
Ruffalo and Tatum weren't used to sharing the same screen space before 'Foxcatcher'. But that didn't stop them from playing brothers on screen and almost become brothers off it. While Tatum has repeatedly mentioned how much he has learnt from the senior actor, Ruffalo in turn has heaped praises on his co-star.
The two bonded on the sets of 'Foxcatcher' through blood and tears. While Mark reportedly ruptured Channing's eardrum while filming, both of them hugged and cried after they filmed their final wrestling scene.
Tatum maintains that he was made to feel protected and loved throughout the process. "It's very, very easy to be hugged by Mark," said Tatum, smiling just a little. "He's very loveable and you just feel safe. He is also a very fierce person when he wants to be, and that also makes you feel protected. Wrestling with him for seven months, you create a relationship kind of like no other — like no other relationship can be, without having that experience together.
There's a suffering and a learning and a humbling aspect to it... I can honestly say I wouldn't have been able to survive this movie without Mark. It was a mountain of an experience."