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Mark Ruffalo Lied About His Horseback Riding Skills to Get an Acting Job, Nearly Died as a Result (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 24th 2010 6:31AM
Mark Ruffalo Lied About His Horseback Riding Skills to Get an Acting Job, Nearly Died as a ResultWe've all exaggerated our resumes a bit to get a job. But actor Mark Ruffalo took this bad habit way too far -- and nearly paid the price with his life. On 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Ruffalo revealed that he lied to director Ang Lee, to get a part in the film 'Ride With the Devil.' The name of the movie gives a clue as to what happened next.

The film was a Western drama set during the Civil War. As such, it involved horseback riding. Lots of horseback riding. Lots of dangerous horseback riding. Hence -- 'Ride With the Devil.' Unfortunately, Mark lied about knowing how to ride a horse. He doesn't know how to do that. At all.

During his first attempt at horseback-related acting, Ruffalo took things too far again. He jumped into the saddle, kicked the sides of the horse and yelled "Yaaaah!" Bad idea.

Ruffalo's steed then took him on a "wild" ride through the woods. Mark held on while the animal galloped madly towards trees; he kept ducking to avoid the potentially deadly branches. "The thing ... tried to kill me," the actor said. Apparently, Mark got some (very brief) training after lying his way onto the movie. But the one thing he hadn't been taught about horseback riding was "how to stop it." Which is really the most important thing to learn.

But Mark survived, and his reward was to receive a brief guilt-trip from Craig Ferguson. "You lied to Ang Lee?" the host said. Ruffalo buried his head in his hands for a second: " ... I'm sorry, Ang."

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There is an emergency brake on a horse. lol.... what you do is slowly start pulling the ONE rein, be it left or right, in that direction SLOWLY. This will cause the horse to start turning to the right which in turn will slow him down little by little since he can't see, so he can't run. If you pull too hard too fast, he may go down and so will you. The BIT IN THE HORSES MOUTH is what controls him, and it hurts like blazes in the mouth. Unless the horse has had a bunch of idiots yanking on him for a long time, in which case, he gets a hard mouth. A soft mouth horse does not appreciate being yanked on. OR...YOU CAN KEEP PULLING LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHI UNTIL HE SLOWS AND STOPS. When you ride you need to keep calm, quiet hands so you are not jerking the reins without even realizeing it. If you lose the reins grab the mein and hold on, all the while talking to him and saying whoa..you can always hope! He can trip on the reins if you drop them and you will both go down so...DON'T DROP THEM!Most horses will try their level best Not to step on you if you fall but they can't always avoid this. If you want to ride, TAKE LESSONS FIRST. Don't just go out and think you can do it. It's not that easy when you don't understand this magniicent creture. IT HAS IT'S OWN MIND, IT SPOOKS VERY EASY...AND IT WEIGHS 1200 POUNDS AND UP!

November 29 2010 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i've had horse probalems. me and some freinds were galloping up a dirt road and right when my stirrup fell off the saddle started sliding and when i fell i cold feel his hoof grazing my head. we didn't know it at the time but the other horse was blind and we were riding it and it almost trampled me. it was definitely the scariest thing that's ever happened to me

November 24 2010 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ol Bob

Well, Deadeye always said: Whoa, WHOA, aw come on horse, WHOA!

November 24 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Horses make great hamburgerm steak, ribs...

November 24 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


November 24 2010 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What an idiot! The horse tried to kill him? Please! What did he think the horse was going to do when he gave the signal to run? Then he had no clue how to manuever the horse, let alone how to stop it. In reality, he almost killed himself. Dumbass hollywood actor.

November 24 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
omaee entertainment LLc

Do you know ricki martin?

Is that just for men. y para

November 24 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay Morgan

The horses was NOT trying to kill him... just trying to get an asshole off its back. Why is it when incompetent people try to ride a horse, the results are always the horses fault? What ever happened to personal accountability moron?

November 24 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Come on Mark all us ruffalo,s from Kenosa can ride a horse.

November 24 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cathy rohrscheib

had that problem myself . horse just took off . once the horse i was riding would speed up on me when i was sliding off the stabble did not saddle it correctly .i fell off .i got back on better than walking .thats why i dislike horse riding

November 24 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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