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BBC One and BBC Two chat show hosted by Graham Norton. 433 episodes (28 series), 2007 - 2021. Stars Graham Norton.

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Series 17, Episode 3 - Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Widdicombe, Blur

Mark Ruffalo says being The Hulk has no effect on his children whatsoever; Elizabeth Olsen talks about the Olsen Twins; Jeremy Renner says he not to be trusted with a bow and arrow; Josh Widdicombe talks about one of his oddest fans; and Blur performs live in the studio.

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Arriving hotfoot from the premiere of their movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen chat about being superheroes.

Mark, talking about how new CGI technology on the movie enabled him to be part of the action this time, he says, "When I did the first one they shot all the stuff of me against a green screen. I had to put my head in a vice and do all the Hulk acting with my head completely still, which I hated. This time, wearing a mask, I was able to act with the other actors. Last time I did most of it by myself locked in a broom closet," adding, "Once the laughter was over it was way easier doing it with everyone else."

Much to Mark's amusement, Josh Widdicombe interjects, "Does The Hulk show up against a green screen?"

Reminded by Jeremy that he had to wear a leotard and headband for the filming, Mark says, "It was a man-cancelling suit. It makes you look small everywhere you wished you looked big, and big everywhere you wished you looked small!"

Asked about his children's reaction to his character, he says, "It was amazing in the beginning because I could get them to do stuff; I'd say, 'Go brush your teeth, your dad's The Hulk', and now I try it and it doesn't work so well. I've got angry but that doesn't work after a while either. They're like, 'Right, get green and big and then we'll talk!'"

Jeremy, asked if he used a real bow and arrow as Hawkeye in the filming of the movie, says, "No. I'd kill someone! I only did it properly once or twice for a close up and they had to clear the set so it didn't go in somebody."

Elizabeth, talking about her character Scarlet Witch, and asked when she had found out she wouldn't have to be the scantily clad, comic book version of her character, she says, "The first time I met Joss [Whedon] he led with that. He said, 'Look at the comics and you will never look like that.' That felt great as I would never want to wear a leotard, headband and cape." Adding jokingly, "Not even in my own private life!"

Asked about growing up with her older sisters - Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley - she says, "They were always famous, since they were six months old when they started working. They have not stopped and they are 28. They literally do not know what it's like not to work."

Josh talking about one of his oddest fans, he says, "One guy asked for a picture of my naked feet. I thought he was working for a charity and innocently I presumed it was for an auction. I forgot to do it and he was very persistent. It turns out he was just into feet!"

Blur perform Lonesome Street live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat.

Damon Albarn, talking about the band's new album says, "We recorded around 40 hours of music - not all of it was great music obviously, but we edited it down!"

Dave Rowntree, asked about being a criminal lawyer as well as a band member says "It's a privilege to do both." And Alex James, who recently won an award for his cheese making, says, "Winning that was more fun that the Brits!"

Asked if they are enjoying their success in a different way this time round, Graham Coxon says "We really are, in a 'Oh, I need an early night sort of way.'"

Broadcast details

Friday 24th April 2015
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Mark Ruffalo Guest
Jeremy Renner Guest
Elizabeth Olsen Guest
Josh Widdicombe Guest
Alex James (as Blur) Guest
Damon Albarn (as Blur) Guest
Graham Coxon (as Blur) Guest
Dave Rowntree (as Blur) Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Dan Gaster Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Rina Dayalji Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


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