I was never on a terrorist watch list, says Mark Ruffalo

Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 13:53 PM IST

New York: Mark Ruffalo has said that the reports claiming he was put on a terror watch list by the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security for organizing screenings of the documentary "Gasland" were exaggerated.

Reports also claimed "The Kids Are All Right" star wasn``t even allowed to fly.

"I`ve never been stopped at the airport and I think that the story has snowballed into this incredibly fantastical thing," the New York Daily News quoted him as telling the Wall Street Journal.

"At the center, of course, is one small grain of truth, which is that back in September, I was hosting educational screenings of `Gasland.`

"Pennsylvania``s Homeland Security was monitoring these screenings and feeding information to the gas industry. And they got busted. It was a huge embarrassment and the head of their Homeland Security had to resign over it," Ruffalo said.

While the Department of Homeland Security may have sat in on the screenings of "Gasland," a documentary about the natural gas industry - along with numerous other private events in Pennsylvania, according to documents, they were never watching Ruffalo specifically, according to the Journal.

The rumors may have snowballed on their own, but they started when Ruffalo told GQ that he was on the terror watch list in an interview earlier this month after he spent time promoting "Gasland".

But his no-show on the list didn``t stop Ruffalo from making his plight sound so much more dramatic to GQ, when asked about being on the list.

"It`s kind of raaadical," he told the magazine.

ANI