Mark Ruffalo on 'Spotlight': "You Have to Get That Story Right" - Actor Oscar Roundtable

"To always just go for the truth and not make these leaps and to not let your passion overcome your reason or your sensibility — that's journalistic integrity and a discipline that was awesome to watch in action."

Mark Ruffalo tells The Hollywood Reporter that he spent a lot of time with the journalists of The Boston Globe while preparing for his role in Spotlight, "because of the nature of the story, because it's a journalism story, and because we're talking about real people's lives, and the stakes are very high. There are victims," Ruffalo continues, "and you have to get that story right, otherwise it's just going to be picked apart like a hunk of bread in a coy pond. It's just going to be eaten alive."

"What I was impressed by was how dedicated these people are and how much of their lives it actually consumes," the actor says of the time spent with the Globe's Spotlight team.

"To always just go for the truth and not make these leaps and to not let your passion overcome your reason or your sensibility, that's journalistic integrity and a discipline that was awesome to watch in action," he continues.

When it comes to the person who taught him the most, Ruffalo points to his "teacher at Stella Adler, her name was Joanne Linville. She was that rare combination of acting teacher who actually knew how to act."

"She taught me the truth and to feel what it was like to have the truth and to constantly strive for it. And then the other thing is that you're always working, it's never done. I can't watch anything that I do without sitting there and tearing it apart," the actor says, "and seeing everything that needs to be improved upon."

The full Actor Roundtable will air on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Jan 17, at 11 a.m. ET on Sundance TV.

SundanceTV’s HD Channels (for National Providers):

AT&T U-verse 1798

Verizon FIOS 735

DirecTV 557

DISH 126

comments powered by Disqus