Hollywood hunk Mark Ruffalo credits his 2001 brain tumour with rekindling his love of acting - because he considered quitting his movie career before he was diagnosed with the illness.

The COLLATERAL star was disillusioned with the film industry and the lack of exciting roles he was offered, before his battle with the life-threatening disease.

But his illness made him determined to succeed in Hollywood, because he was forced to take a year off and when he tried to relaunch his career, he was carrying two stone of steroid weight and feared he'd lost his onscreen talents.

He says, "The whole experience of getting close to mortality changed my perspective on work. I wasn't enjoying acting before.

"I felt like I wasn't in charge of my career. I wasn't grateful for all the great s**t that had happened to me. If you're not grateful, then it's very easy to be an a**hole.

"After the brain tumour happened, I realised I love acting, I've always loved it, I may never get a chance to do it again."

12/06/2005 14:06