Mark Ruffalo's hilarious Thriller dance struggle that nearly ended 13 Going on 30

    Mark Ruffalo reminisces about the challenge of the Thriller dance that almost made him leave 13 Going on 30.

    Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo (Source: People)

    Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo (Source: People)

    The heartwarming and hilarious romantic comedy 2004 13 Going on 30 charmed its way into the viewers' hearts, partly due to a now-iconic dance sequence set to Michael Jackson's Thriller. However, what seemed like seamless fun on screen was a moment of true trepidation for Mark Ruffalo. "It took me six hours to learn what she learned in about six minutes," the actor admitted. The revelation came as a shock to fans, who saw an effortless performance on screen.

    Ruffalo, often seen as a versatile and powerful actor, exposed his vulnerability when he confessed, "I almost quit the movie," due to the dance sequence. Jennifer Garner, Ruffalo's co-star, echoed the sentiment, sharing that it took a bit of coaxing to keep him from stepping away from the film altogether.

    A groove gained and a classic made

    The dance sequence wasn't just a moment of cinematic joy but a slice of raw reality for Ruffalo. "Whatever Matty was experiencing in that, was actually just me," he said, blurring the lines between actor and character. Ruffalo's initial hesitation is a charming throwback for fans, showcasing a side of him that contrasts sharply with the confident figures he often portrays.

    His on-screen partner, Jennifer Garner, fondly reflected on the challenge, hinting at the behind-the-scenes camaraderie and support that brought the scene to life. The fact that Ruffalo overcame his fear and delivered a performance that would become a memorable part of early 2000s cinema is a testament to his dedication.

    Years later, in an interview promoting The Adam Project, the playful embarrassment still lingered as Ruffalo covered his face, reminiscing over the moment. Garner's reach to make sure he was OK underscores the enduring friendship between the stars, a dynamic that has translated over time from their characters Jenna and Matty to their real-life interactions.

    As Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner once again shared the screen in Netflix's The Adam Project, the trip down memory lane is a fond reminder of the human moments that can define a career as much as the triumphs. The Thriller dance episode reflects not only the evolution of Ruffalo's versatility but also the endearing imperfections that make stars relatable.

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