I asked actor Mark Ruffalo about his desire to portray Columbo, and you won’t believe what he did next!

Remember how I told you that Mark Ruffalo was here in Detroit to help draw attention to the fact that several hundreds of the City’s most poor were now without water, and how, if I got the chance, I’d ask him about his statement yesterday concerning his desire to play Columbo? Well, as it turns out, I had an opportunity, and, good to my word, I followed though. Here we are discussing it.

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I’d like to say we had an awesome conversation about Columbo, why he’d be well suited for the part, and what, if anything, he’d change about the character if he were given an opportunity to do it, but none of that really happened. Given the seriousness of the matter at hand, and the fact that he was walking past me to get to the podium, where he’d be addressing one thousand or more people on this humanitarian crisis in Detroit, I’m not all that surprised that I didn’t get much back in the way of a response. I was just happy that I had the nerve to keep my word and ask him… and that he didn’t seem terribly annoyed by the untimely distraction from far left field. At least I don’t think he was too annoyed, as he kind of laughed, as if to say, “I’m not scared of you, or offended, but you really don’t expect for me to talk about this right now, do you?”

I should note that a much more serious post about this afternoon’s protest will be coming shortly.

[This post is dedicated to Peter Falk. I only talked with him a few times, but he was a hell of a guy.]

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  1. Posted July 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    The angle isn’t flattering for either of us… especially me.

  2. Posted July 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    And, yes, I thought this called for the Upworthy Filter on the title.

  3. Ian C.
    Posted July 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    At least you didn’t make him angry. You know what happens when he’s angry.

  4. Posted July 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    He looks like he’s mid-transformation in this photo, Ian. Maybe I did piss him off.

  5. Posted July 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    And, yes, please stop sending me texts, asking me… He is absolutely dreamy.

  6. Posted July 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m thinking about starting a new site called FamousPeopleUponMeetingtMarkMaynard.com. I wouldn’t be in any of the images. The site would just be full of reaction shots. I wonder if I could sell advertising on a site like that.

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  7. Stan Lee
    Posted July 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Does he know that David Banner was originally written as a National Review reading conservative?

  8. Wait
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Swoony readers demand a Pencil Paparazzi pic with higher resolution.

  9. Eel
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    You aren’t the only one that Ruffalo makes faces around.


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