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Ang Lee wanted “Hulk” to look like “Tree of Life”

Ang Lee wanted “Hulk” to look like “Tree of Life” (photo)

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Ang Lee was not impressed with Terrence Malick‘s epic “The Tree of Life,” though not for the reason you might think.

The “Brokeback Mountain” director chatted with Vulture after Monday’s Gotham Awards and said that he’s been so busy planning his new project, an adaptation of Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi,” that he has fallen behind watching the films released in 2011. The one flick he did recently watch was “The Tree of Life.” Though Lee said “most of it blew me away,” he added that portions of the film didn’t “take my breath away” because he’d actually been planning to do the same thing in his experimental 2003 comic book adaptation, “Hulk.”

“I see a lot of the elements I was thinking about in ‘The Hulk.’ Some I put in, some I didn’t. The non-drama part of ‘Tree of Life’ was stuff I was thinking about when I was doing ‘The Hulk.’ So I’ve been there. That’s why that part didn’t take my breath away, because I’d been thinking about similar things. I like to be surprised,” he said.

In fact, the ideas were so similar that Lee said he even scouted some of the same locations Malick used in “The Tree of Life,” though he didn’t end up using them. It certainly puts an interesting spin on what the final product of “Hulk” could have been. Somehow we doubt that Marvel would have been too pleased with such an existential take on their superhero universe, though.

Lee said all his focus is on “Life of Pi” right now as it’s going to take a very long time to complete. The director has filmed a vast range of genres during his time behind the camera — from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” to “Sense and Sensibility” to the aforementioned “Hulk” and “Brokeback Mountain” — and “Life of Pi” will again force him to shoot a mixture of live action and animation elements.

“Takes a long time to shoot, takes a long time to get it off the ground, takes a long time to write a script, scout, prep, and then it will take a year to finish the post-production, so it’s a long project,” Lee said.

Would you have wanted to see a more existential look at “Hulk”? Are you looking forward to “Life of Pi”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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