Dense and destructive: Mark Ruffalo on Boris Johnson’s Incredible Hulk metaphor

Incredible Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo has questioned Boris Johnson's comparison of Brexit Britain to his famous character.

The Prime Minister told the Mail On Sunday that the UK will break out of the European Union's "manacles" like Bruce Banner, who transforms into the giant green Hulk when angered.

However Ruffalo, who plays the green-tinged superhero in Marvel's Avengers films, suggested Mr Johnson's metaphor was ill-conceived.

"Boris Johnson forgets that the Hulk only fights for the good of the whole," the American tweeted. "Mad and strong can also be dense and destructive.

"The Hulk works best when he is in unison with a team, and is a disaster when he is alone.

"Plus... he's always got Dr Banner with science and reason."

The actor, who has played the Hulk since 2012, joined a number who suggested the Prime Minister lacked understanding of the comic book character when he made the comparison.

"This is the kind of thing my kids would say aside from they would never make such glaring errors about The Hulk, I've raised them properly," Labour MP Jess Phillips tweeted.

Call The Midwife actor Stephen McGann added: "I also note, with reference to the Hulk, that Theresa May's 'red, white and blue Brexit' has morphed effortlessly into a 'green, violent and emotionally unstable' Brexit. Righto."

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ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: A heckler is ejected as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre on September 13, 2019 in Rotherham, England. The Convention brings together the North's political, business, community and academic leaders, along with young people’s groups, to make a unified case for tangible investment in the Northern Powerhouse. (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves by the back door after making a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre on September 13, 2019 in Rotherham, England. The Convention brings together the North's political, business, community and academic leaders, along with young people’s groups, to make a unified case for tangible investment in the Northern Powerhouse. (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre on September 13, 2019 in Rotherham, England. The Convention brings together the North's political, business, community and academic leaders, along with young people’s groups, to make a unified case for tangible investment in the Northern Powerhouse. (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: A protest takes place outside before Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre on September 13, 2019 in Rotherham, England. The Convention brings together the North's political, business, community and academic leaders, along with young people’s groups, to make a unified case for tangible investment in the Northern Powerhouse. (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre on September 13, 2019 in Rotherham, England. The Convention brings together the North's political, business, community and academic leaders, along with young people’s groups, to make a unified case for tangible investment in the Northern Powerhouse. (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
A heckler is ejected as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre in Rotherham.
A heckler is ejected as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech at the Convention of the North at the Magna Centre in Rotherham.
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Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay praised Mr Johnson's novel metaphor and even revived another recent favourite of the Conservative Party – an assertion that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a "chicken" for not voting for an early general election.

"The Hulk was a winner and was extremely popular and I'd rather be backing a character and a leader who is The Hulk, rather than one who is on the 'chicken run', as Jeremy Corbyn is," Mr Barclay told Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

But the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt described the Prime Minister's Incredible Hulk comparison as "infantile" even when compared with the rhetoric of US President Donald Trump.

"Even to Trumpian standards the Hulk comparison is infantile," he tweeted. "Is the EU supposed to be scared by this? The British public impressed?

"Is this Boris Johnson whistling in the dark?"

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson shops at a bakery during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for selfies with members of the public during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes hands with a member of the public during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with members of the public during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a selfie with a member of the public during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a selfie with a member of the public during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson shops at a fruit and vegetable stall during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry (second left), as they stop at a fishmongers during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves during his visit Doncaster Market, in Doncaster.
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