Mark Ruffalo Talks Playing Twins on ‘I Know This Much Is True,’ Taking 6 Weeks Off to Gain 30 Pounds Between Parts

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Mark Ruffalo Talks Playing Twins on ‘I Know This Much Is True,’ Taking 6 Weeks Off to Gain 30 Pounds Between Parts
Mark Ruffalo takes on the part of twin brothers on HBO’s limited series adaptation of “I Know This Much Is True,” often appearing more than once in the same scene, but for Ruffalo it played out much like two separate jobs.

“We didn’t want it to be like, I run and put a wig on and then do the same scene I just did,” Ruffalo said, explaining that he and director Derek Cianfrance took a six-week break between shooting the two characters’ parts. Ruffalo used the hiatus to put on 30 pounds and get into the mindset of a character living with mental illness.

Based on the 1998 novel by Wally Lamb, “I Know This Much Is True” centers on twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

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