Do you remember the last time someone shouted a line from Reservoir Dogs at you?
It happens quite a lot. [Laughs.] Usually “I’m fucking dying here—I’m fucking dying” is the one. I get that and I get stuff from Pulp Fiction too. It’s still going.
Do you remember the first time you saw it?
The first time I saw Reservoir Dogs—Quentin [Tarantino] gave me a tape, a VHS, of it and I got some mates over and we watched it in my bedroom. I had this little apartment on Sunset and they all came over and we sat and watched it. With the time code on the bottom and all that stuff.
Did you have any idea it would blow up the way it did?
No, we didn’t. I mean, we all thought we were making something that was quite good, but we didn’t want to jinx it, you know? So we didn’t talk about it that much. But on viewing of it, even on a small screen, you could tell something was coming. And they were very clever the way they marketed it, and Quentin’s personality was a very marketable thing. We hit the ground running. We went all over the world, every festival we could get our hands on. We worked very hard to get it out and get it to an audience. And it kicked in.
Has there been any talk of you returning in another Hulk movie?
That got kind of misquoted in the press. Basically when I signed on to do the first one, they sign you on for three—if they want them. It’s only if they want to keep coming back. The only rumors that I’ve heard is that they might bring The Abomination back within a different framework later on down the line, which I like the idea of. It was such fun for me, playing around with that guy. I had a very good time making that film. But it’s really up to Marvel, so who knows? I love the Marvel films, I really do. I love Iron Man and all that. Absolutely terrific stuff.
What is it that you like about them?
I think they have a darkness to them now as well as the comedic aspects. There’s a darkness to them that I think is really appealing. They’re much more multilayered. It’s quite intriguing. They’re good little adventure stories.
So will we have to plan a follow-up interview when you finally decide to get a huge Abomination tattoo across your back?
A whole back piece, yeah! [Laughs.] And sleeves. Big muscles and all …