Mark Ruffalo confesses to nearly quitting '13 Going on 30' over its iconic dance scene
Mark Ruffalo at Comic Con/Gage Skidmore and screenshot via YouTube

Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner in '13 Going on 30'

The early 2000s were a golden age for Hollywood rom-coms. Think of classics like "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Bridget Jones' Diary," "Love Actually" and, of course, "13 Going on 30," starring Jennifer Garner and pre-Marvel Mark Ruffalo. Who wouldn't fawn over their clumsy yet endearing chemistry in the film's iconic "Thriller" dance sequence.

And to think, the world was nearly deprived of such a performance.


During an interview in March with theSkimm, Garner shared that Ruffalo nearly quit the production after only one dance rehearsal.

"Our first rehearsal, I think it was Mark and Judy [Greer] and me, and Judy and I were both dancers growing up and poor Mark didn't know that," Garner explained. "And he came in and he hated the rehearsal process so much he almost dropped out."

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Jennifer Garner texts with theSkimm

Ruffalo recently decided to elaborate on this behind-the-scenes story, reposted by Comments by Celebs. It seems Garner wasn't exaggerating.


"It didn't help that it took me three hours to learn what Jen mastered in about 20 minutes! đŸ˜†đŸ˜‚đŸ˜†," he said. "Matty [Ruffalo's character in the movie] had to be dragged out on that dance floor as well, poor guy. But all this time later he is grateful he did!"

And we're grateful as well, Mark. The rom-com world is better because of it.

In case you missed this legendary dance number, here it is, full of awkward monster arm movements and teen angst for your viewing pleasure:

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Has all this talk about Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo left you feeling nostalgic and wanting more? The two are actually set to work together again in yet another semi-sci-fi rom-com hybrid coming to Netflix called The Adam Project. (You even get the added bonus of Ryan Reynolds, so we know it's something to look forward to.) And if this post is any indication, it looks like Ruffalo and Garner are having just as much fun the second time around.



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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

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Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Psychological horror is the best horror.

Psychological horrors terrify us. Not with jump scares and gore, but by seeping deep into our dark and twisted insides. As the audience, we are left not exactly spooked. More like utterly unnerved.

It's a form of storytelling that inspires so much creative layering and nuance, that even those who are normally horror averse can find something to sink their teeth into.

Just what makes these movies so compelling? The answer to that is obvious when we look in the mirror.

The foundational formula for this horror subgenre is simple: Start with mystery, incorporate elements of horror and be sure to add a dash–or five–of disturbing psychological components. Anything from mental illness to extreme cult practices, it's all fair game in this world.

Instead of monsters, ghosts and chainsaw-waving hillbillies, the victims in psychological horror are often fleeing from more insidious types of darkness: trauma, society and human nature itself. Unlike a fun, campy slasher flick (no offense Jason and Freddy), the "evils" of psychological horror are what we universally face on a daily basis, at least on an emotional level. One might not ever find oneself physically turning into a demon bird ballerina like Natalie Portman in "Black Swan," but most of us have felt the specter-like presence of perfectionism.

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