If you were to ask me my opinion on who is the most under-appreciated actor working today, Edward Norton would be one of the first names to come to mind. Okay, so we’ve all heard that Norton isn’t an easy guy to work with. He’s basically Dustin Hoffman’s contentious character in Tootsie, or as Roger Ebert pointed out in his review of that film, Dustin Hoffman himself. But at least he takes his work seriously. He has delivered some standout performances in such films as American History X, Fight Club, and most recently, The Painted Veil.
As far as I’m concerned, insult has been added to injury as it was announced recently, via Filmstalker, that Norton’s name will not appear in the writing credits for The Incredible Hulk, the upcoming blockbuster in which Norton will star as the jolly green giant himself. Zak Penn, who has written many other scripts adapted from comic books such as Elektra and Fantastic Four, will get the sole writing credit from the Writers Guild of America.
That kinda makes you wonder if the WGA denied Norton a writing credit just because he’s an actor. If I were Norton, I would have already ripped a good shirt and a pair of pants.
Norton has been ridiculed recently for respectfully disagreeing with helmer Louis Leterrier about the direction of the film. Here’s my two cents: Even though that kind of actor can be a pain in the ass, it’s still good to know that’s he’s passionate about his role, and he wouldn’t have signed on to do it if he didn’t see any potential for the film.
Look, I realize that he’s the star of this film and he will get plenty of accolades if it is a hit, but if Norton contributed a fair amount of his effort to help write the screenplay, then he should get recognition for it. It’s about respect. The more credit nods you have, the more respect you receive. Just look at Citizen Kane and try to tell me otherwise.
The Incredible Hulk will hit theaters next Friday.
Sound Off: Should Edward Norton be upset about not receiving a writing credit, or is it no big deal?