Inside Move: Ruffalo ‘Signs’ out at Mouse

Thesp recovering from minor ear operation

Actor Mark Ruffalo (“You Can Count On Me”) has dropped out of M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural thriller “Signs,” for Walt Disney due to illness, his reps confirmed Wednesday.

Ruffalo was to co-star opposite Mel Gibson for Shyamalan’s follow-up to “Unbreakable,” which is being produced by Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam Mercer. Disney is expected to find a replacement for Ruffalo within the next few days.

Ruffalo’s reps released a statement Wednesday stating the actor had a minor ear operation that precluded him from performing in the pic. “He recently had a minor cyst, termed acoustic neuroma, removed from his inner ear. The procedure was a success, and he expects a full recovery.”

“Signs” focuses on the sudden appearance of mysterious crop circles on a family farm in Bucks County, Penn. Pic is slated to start production in early October in Philadelphia for a 2002 release via Touchstone Pictures.

Repped by CAA and manager Robert Stein, Ruffalo has wrapped DreamWorks’ Rod Lurie-helmed “The Last Castle,” in which he co-stars with Robert Redford.

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