Mark Ruffalo had a surprising fan encounter following the Russian premiere of "The Avengers" when a woman jumped into his car and begged him to deliver her drawing to his co-star Tom Hiddleston.
Ruffalo gathered with his fellow castmates Hiddleston, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson to launch the superhero epic in Russia last month, but he found himself cornered after one overzealous admirer hopped into his car as he was making his exit.
The star, who portrays Dr. Bruce Banner and his alter ego The Hulk in the film, assumed the female devotee's affections were directed at him, so Ruffalo was stunned to discover that she simply wanted him to pass on a present to movie villain Hiddleston.
Johansson revealed the story on Thursday when she appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," and she admitted the incident had left Ruffalo's ego a little bruised.
She explained, "I guess the Russians really like the darkness. I mean, they were crazy for Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in the film. The fan art was out of control; it's unbelievable.
"Actually Mark Ruffalo had this story about how he got into his car at the end of the Russian premiere and this woman, a random woman, slid into the car with him, and of course it's Mark, so he's so cool, he's like, 'Baby, you gotta go, you gotta go baby, you gotta go...'
"And she's like, 'I can't, I can't, I can't leave you!' He's like, 'Listen, listen, sweetheart, this (dating him) is never gonna happen, this is never going to be...' and she's like, 'No, no, you have to give this to him (Hiddleston), you just have to', and he's like, 'What?' and she hands it to him and it's this unbelievable rendering of Tom Hiddleston, like the most realist thing, and he's like, 'Get the hell out of my car!' He was the middle man to deliver this amazing piece of fan art."