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- Actor Allusion: Betty's first line, "I hate them" is likely a reference to Jennifer Connelly's line from Labyrinth.
- Awesome, Dear Boy: Sam Elliott accepted the role of General Ross without reading the script, being simply excited to work with Ang Lee.
- Casting Gag: In the Brazilian dub, Bruce's father, here named David Banner, was voiced by Newton da Matta, who had voiced another David Banner: Bruce's counterpart, played by Bill Bixby, in The Incredible Hulk, then emphasizing that Mythology Gag to the Brazilian audience.
- Creator Killer: The mixed reception nearly killed Ang Lee's career but that did not stop him from making Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi.
- Deleted Scene:
- Betty Ross showed a presentation on the failed nanomed test on frogs.
- Disowned Adaptation: Stan Lee did not like Ang Lee's interpretation.
- Descended Creator: Ang Lee did the motion capture of the Hulk.
- Doing It for the Art:
- DVD Commentary: By Ang Lee.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Nick Nolte had his hair grown wildly for this movie when he was arrested on drunk driving charges and photographed for his now infamous mug shot.
- Fan Nickname: "Absorbing Dad" for Bruce's father, due to the character having the powers of Absorbing Man from the comics (who as a side note is not a relative of Bruce Banner, and gained his powers from magic).
- Hey, It's That Place!: The house used by Betty Ross was also used in To Kill a Mockingbird.
- I Knew It!: Some fans knew that David Banner would have absorbing powers by the end.
- Image Links:
- Life Imitates Art: Over a decade since the film came out, nanomeds are real with the right technology.
- Missing Trailer Scene: The 2002 teaser was composed of completely original footage.
- Old Shame: Averted with Ang Lee and Eric Bana who had no regrets doing the film.
- Promoted Fanboy: Eric Bana decided to join because he is a fan of the Hulk, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.
- Stillborn Franchise: As the quote atop that trope's page shows, they had to follow this with a reboot. However, there was a video game that continued the events of the movie. In fact, the video game was better received than the film itself.
- Those Two Actors: Jennifer Connelly and Nick Nolte previously collaborated in Mulholland Falls.
- What Could Have Been:
- In an early version of the script, Talbot became the Abomination and fought the Hulk at the end of the movie.
- James Schamus had begun work on the script for the sequel before the release of Hulk and early drafts featured the Gray Hulk. Schamus was also considering the Leader and the Abomination (who's still Talbot) as the main villains. The Leader eventually became the villain of the video game sequel.
- Edward Norton, who would go on to play the title character in the The Incredible Hulk, was actually in the running for the role here but turned down the role because he didn't like the script. Billy Crudrup also turned it down. Other candidates were Steve Buscemi, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, David Duchovny and Jeff Goldblum. The latter eventually had a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
- The Hulk was originally animatronic.