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How Mark Ruffalo Became Robert Bilott for Dark Waters

The Oscar nominee reveals why he took on another morally driven investigator for his first post-Endgame role.

by | December 5, 2019 | Comments

It’s been a while since Mark Ruffalo starred in a non-MCU movie – three years in fact. In his first post-MCU and post-Endgame role, the three-time Oscar nominee plays corporate attorney Robert Bilott in the true-to-life thriller, Dark Waters, which tells the story of the lawyer’s investigation and ultimate exposure of a major West Virginia pollution scandal involving mega-corporation DuPont. Directed by Todd Haynes (CarolFar From Heaven), the movie is Certified Fresh, and critics are praising Ruffalo for his turn as the dogged attorney. In the lead-up to the film’s release, Ruffalo sat with us to go deep on how he came to embody real-life hero Bilott, from the time he spent with him on- and off-set to why he felt compelled to tell his story.


Dark Waters (2019)

Adjusted Score: 99.31%
Critics Consensus: Dark Waters powerfully relays a real-life tale of infuriating malfeasance, honoring the victims and laying blame squarely at the feet of the perpetrators.
Synopsis: Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

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