After The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo Will Play A Jazz Pianist In Low Down

By Katey Rich 2011-03-14 08:33:32discussion comments
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For his first role after receiving an Oscar nomination for The Kids Are All Right, Mark Ruffalo is of course playing the Hulk in The Avengers. But the actor most definitely hasn't forgotten his indie roots, and once he's done beating up CGI villains or whatever they'll have him doing in the superhero project, he'll be moving on to Low Down, an indie biopic about jazz pianist Joe Albany. According to Variety Ruffalo will also executive produce the project, which focuses on Albany's relationship with his 11-year-old daughter Amy as he performed in various seedy hotels and nightclubs in Los Angeles in the early 70s, all while struggling with a heroin addiction.

Jeff Preiss, a commercials director, will be making his directorial debut on the film, which is written by Topper Lilien and Amy Albany-- yes, the daughter who is a major figure in the film, and who also wrote the memoir on which the film is based. Given that Ruffalo has two iconic roles playing carefree men escaping adult responsibilities-- his breakthrough role in You Can Count On Me parallels pretty nicely with his part in The Kids Are All Right-- it'll be interesting to see him move on to playing a father, especially with playing the Hulk thrown in there too. Though Ruffalo never really seemed like the type to sell out-- he's also about to release his directorial debut Sympathy for Delicious, another indie project--it's a relief to see him not only sticking with smaller projects, but getting a great role too.
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