Grist’s real-life* boyfriend Mark Ruffalo sat down with the universe’s imaginary girlfriend Scarlett Johansson to do some promo for The Avengers, and experienced a bit of table-turning.
You see, in film promotion, female stars get a lot of interview questions that can only be described as “truly useless.” Some examples: How many leaves of lettuce did you ration yourself each day to get your body “camera ready”? Which of your internal organs are permanently misshapen from squeezing yourself into one absurd body-vise after another? Could you describe, in detail, each of the steps you took to ensure your maximum fuckability in the eyes of millions of moviegoers? Meanwhile, male stars get asked about their creative process, what they enjoy about their characters, and other at least somewhat interesting queries.
The good people of Cosmopolitan UK took it upon themselves, bless them, to direct the sort of foolish diet questions normally reserved for ladies to Ruffalo, and the ones that anyone might actually pretend to care about to Johansson. This exhange is a bit of a palate cleanser after the sexist, rude, and honestly pretty boring car crash of an interview that co-stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner gave last week.
Watch the video above to see how Ruffalo reacts (spoiler: he’s an excellent sport).