Here’s Exactly How Mark Ruffalo Transformed Into Twins For HBO’s ‘I Know This Much Is True’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo performs similar twin brothers in HBO’s new drama I Know This Much Is True. Audiences could take it without any consideration now that reveals like Orphan Black and films like Multiplicity, Adaptation and The Nutty Professor permit actors to play a number of roles in a single scene. However, Ruffalo had a extra challenges taking part in each Thomas and Dominick Birdsey.

Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo | Atsushi Nishijima/HBO

Thomas has paranoid schizophrenia and Dominick makes an attempt to look after him. Ruffalo appears to be like noticeably totally different in every position. Ruffalo and Derek Cianfrance, who tailored Wally Lamb’s ebook and directed I Know This Much Is True had been on a Television Critics Association panel for the HBO sequence in January. They discussed the extent of know-how and efficiency that created each characters. I Know This Much Is True airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Mark Ruffalo spent 5 weeks remodeling into Thomas in ‘I Know This Much Is True’

Cianfrance mentioned that they filmed all of Dominick’s scenes, and his parts of scenes with each brothers, in 15 weeks. Ruffalo then took 5 weeks off, shaved his facial hair and gained 30 kilos to play Thomas. So, he filmed the alternative aspect of every scene a minimum of 5 weeks aside.

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Mark Ruffalo | Atsushi Nishijima/HBO

“We didn’t want it to be like I run and put a wig on, and then run and do the same scene on the same day,” Ruffalo mentioned. “We took five weeks off to really separate these two guys. Thomas was on a lot of medication. He needs medications. These mood stabilizers and antipsychotics cause people to put on weight. It was important for us to really, really have these guys be two different people.”

Mark Ruffalo did greater than achieve weight to play Thomas

Physical transformations at all times get a variety of consideration as a result of you’ll be able to see them like Robert De Niro in Raging Bull or Charlize Theron in Monster. Ruffalo mentioned he took on the psychology of Thomas’s situation too.

Those 5 weeks had been actually sort of lonely. He hears voices, and simply sort of like imagining that life. There’s a pair weeks the place I used to be simply on my own within the place I used to be staying up in Poughkeepsie happening into the guts of this psychological sickness and learning it. Spending time in establishments, what these sorts of medicines really do to you bodily and mentally, how the obsessive nature of it manifests itself.  Then the standard, his emotional high quality which is softer, which is extra weak and the way that manifests in your physique. I can get extra deeply into that later, however there’s undoubtedly two totally different individuals there.

Mark Ruffalo, Television Critics Association panel, 1/15/2020

‘I Know This Much Is True’ had one other Thomas and Another Dominick

Whenever there was a scene in I Know This Much Is True with each brothers collectively, Ruffalo nonetheless acted reverse a costar. Gabe Fazio performed Dominick when Ruffalo was Thomas, and Thomas when Ruffalo was Dominick. Cianfrance didn’t need Ruffalo to deal with him like a generic double.

“I told Mark, ‘He’s your brother,’” Cianfrance mentioned. “‘When you’re Dominick forget that you’re ever going to be Thomas. When you’re Dominick this is your brother.’ Gabe completely played that role and we shot the scene as we would shoot any scene.”

Derek Cianfrance used varied strategies to mix each Mark Ruffalos

Ruffalo spends his Marvel films carrying a efficiency seize go well with to play the Hulk. So he has expertise with visible results. Cianfrance had an entire bag of methods he might use to mix each side of the scenes Ruffalo would shoot because the twins. 

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Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo | Atsushi Nishijima/HBO

“We shot it very, very simply,” Cianfrance mentioned. “A lot of it is shot/countershot. So, Mark is Dominick, is having a scene with Gabe as Thomas, and then all these months later we just had to match certain things with the lighting. We had specific measurements, and sometimes we add motion control. There’s not one way that we did it.” 

Gaining 30 kilos was not enjoyable

Ruffalo did remodel his physique to tell apart Thomas. He anticipated that to be extra enjoyable than it was. 

“Actually putting on the weight for Thomas was really challenging,” Ruffalo mentioned. “I didn’t expect it to be. I thought I was going to be having a fun time doing that. When you’re force feeding yourself, some of the romance of food sort of leaves.”

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