Movie star Mark Ruffalo is set to turn his back on leading roles, to direct a film starring a disabled pal.

The 13 GOING ON 30 star, who is often compared to Marlon Brando because of his brooding screen presence, hopes to make a movie about a paraplegic healer based on the writings of his friend CHRISTOPHER THORNTON.

Thornton, who will star in the project, was left wheelchair bound in 1992 after a rock climbing accident.

09/08/2004 09:24