HBO and Mark Ruffalo have been named in a lawsuit alleging a fire that broke out on the set of I Know This Much Is True led to toxins and devastation.
HBO and Mark Ruffalo would be sued for a fire during the filming of I know it’s true. Ruffalo, known for portraying Bruce Banner/Hulk in the MCU and for his roles in films such as 13 Ongoing 30, Zodiacand shutter island, tackled by playing identical twins in the 2020 miniseries, directed by Derek Cianfrance. Based on Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel of the same name, I know it’s true followed the parallel lives of Dominick and Thomas Birdsey and explored the treatment of mental illness while addressing themes of betrayal and forgiveness. In addition to Ruffalo, the show featured Melissa Leo, Rob Huebel, Michael Greyeyes, Juliette Lewis, Kathryn Hahn, Rosie O’Donnell and Philip Ettinger.
I know it’s true was officially greenlit in October 2018, with production wrapping a year later, and although the series became a hit for HBO, the filming process ran into difficulties. In May 2019, a fire broke out on the set of a used car dealership in Ellenville, New York that reportedly destroyed movie equipment, as well as the building and several vehicles. At the time, filming was halted and it was reported that the owners of the dealership had sued the production company involved.
However, according to information obtained by TMZ, those who live near the dealership are also suing HBO, claiming the fire caused damage to their homes and exposed them to dangerous toxins and carcinogens. The filming site was described as being left a ”heap of debris uncovered and relentlessly“” and the lawsuit also reportedly named Mark Ruffalo, who served as an executive producer. Residents claimed that “the film set was a powder keg due to the kerosene, fuel oil, and other flammable materials stored at the filming location.“
Ruffalo, who just joined Bong Joon Ho’s latest feature and recently starred in the Netflix hit The Adam Projecthas yet to comment on the lawsuit, but as TMZ notes, the neighbors are “claim millions in damages.” I know it’s true turned out to be a rewarding project for the actor’s career, which was able to show his ability to portray two completely separate characters on screen. For his performance as brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, Ruffalo earned his second Emmy nomination and first win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series.
Since news of this lawsuit is still fresh, it might take a while to see how HBO and/or Ruffalo react. Residents seeking financial retribution, the results of the case, as they develop, may or may not be made public. Those who know I know it’s true or fans of Mark Ruffalo’s famous performances will have to wait for more details as the story unfolds.
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