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‘Hulk’ bursts out at bow

Scribe Schamus favors characters over action

HOLLYWOOD — This summer, the wrong film got titled “Anger Management.”

After Tuesday’s Universal Amphitheater preem of “The Hulk,” there was no doubt which pic dominated the slow-burn-kindling-to-rage category.

The Big Green Angry Guy took his time to arrive onscreen but, as writer-producer James Schamus pointed out, “The Hulk shows up sooner than Spider-Man did in ‘Spider-Man.’ Time it.”

Schamus said the character development before the Hulk’s trademark action scenes was essential, “Because if this was a movie where a guy stubbed his toe five minutes into it, got angry and Hulked-out, you’d be bored by the end of.”

Helmer Ang Lee praised “the wealth of visual inspiration” comicbooks provide and disclosed he was working from the Method school of directing on the pic.

“The Hulk is my alter ego, both cinematically and thematically,” Lee said. “I worry. After all, I’ve never done a big movie before. It has to play.”

Scribe John Turman already considers the film a success, noting, “You know you’ve made it as a screenwriter when you’re the author of the cupcakes at the supermarket.”

Among those dining on those green Hulk cupcakes at the after-party were U’s Ron Meyer, Stacey Snider, Marc Shmuger and Mary Parent; producers Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Larry Franco; stars Eric Bana, Nick Nolte and Sam Elliott; plus guests Tim Allen, Bridget Fonda, Dino and Martha De Laurentiis, Sid Ganis, Nicole Clemens, John Fogelman, Jon Favreau, Marc Abraham and Laura Ziskin.

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