London: Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo credits his mother for convincing him to carry on as an actor after he was rejected at 600 auditions. Despite winning plaudits from critics for his past screen roles in films such as ‘Zodiac’ and ‘The Kids Are All Right’, mainstream success had eluded him.
Ruffalo said he had almost quit his acting dreams until his mother stepped in, reported a leading daily.
"I was like a 30 year overnight sensation. It`s been mythologised now, but it started with about 600 auditions without success. Most smart people would have quit when it takes that long... But I couldn`t do anything else and my mum told me that if I tried to quit she would never speak to me again," he said.
The actor has now been thrust into the spotlight for his role as the green superhero Hulk in the upcoming summer blockbuster ‘The Avengers’.