Well, it’s official, no one is safe from the TSA pat downs, not even actor Mark Ruffalo, whose name was apparently added to a PA terror watch list.
But he’s a celeb who’s playing The Hulk in the upcoming Avengers movie, you may be saying, and he’s so handsome, too. Well, yes, he’s all of those things, but the 43-year-old allegedly has the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security hot on his heels after organizing screenings for the documentary Gasland.
The film, written and directed by Josh Fox, explores how natural gas drilling in America has affected communities around the country. And in one memorable scene, a Pennsylvania man demonstrates how contaminated his home has become by drilling when he’s able to light his tap water on fire (scary!). Gasland has won several awards so far, including the Special Jury Prize and the Sundance Film Festival.
Ruffalo, who has been vocal in his admonishments of the natural gas drilling industry, said in an interview with GQ Magazine that he thinks his name appearing on the list is, “pretty [expletive] funny. It’s kind of raaaadical.”
But if it seems a little strange that an actor promoting a documentary film would wind up on a terror list, you’re not alone. The Philadelphia Inquirer poked a little farther and found that, according to a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, ”His name is not in any of our bulletins,” she told reporter Sam Wood. “There is no list, we never even had a list.”
Who knows if there is a list, if The Hulk’s name is on it, or if he’ll ever be asked to step aside for a special screening. But at least this documentary is getting press, good or bad.