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9:00am ET, 27-December-01

 Bana Was TV Hulk Fan

Eric Bana, who will play the title character in Ang Lee's upcoming Hulk movie, told SCI FI Wire that he was more influenced by the 1978-'82 TV series than the Marvel Comics series of the same name. "I was obsessed with the TV show," Bana said in an interview. "I was never a huge comic book reader when I was a kid, but was completely obsessed with the television show. So I was very familiar with it."

Bana said the show could possibly influence his performance, but he added that it was too early to talk at length about the movie. "All I can tell you is I play both the scientist and the monster, and how we do that I'm not allowed [to say]," he said.

Jennifer Connelly, who will play Betty Ross, told SCI FI Wire earlier that Ang Lee was planning to interpret the film as a Brecht-ian tragedy. About this Bana would only say, "We've talked about a lot of things, but I really am not at liberty to discuss them too much. I can confirm that I'm doing it, and I can confirm that we're shooting it next year." The Hulk starts shooting in March 2002, aiming for a 2003 release.

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