His 15-minute "To smash, or not to smash" soliloquy was a little much.
But perhaps the most heavy-handed use of his brooding star power came up in casting decisions. OK, not casting exactly ... but the creation of an entire character out of whole cloth. It turns out that Norton was such a fan of the HBO Baltimore narcotics extravaganza The Wire that he decided to create a role specifically for Michael Kenneth Williams, who played the show's iconic, sensitive-yet-shotgun-toting stickup man, Omar. According to Williams, his role involved coming between Hulk and the Abomination (Roth) during their big Harlem fight and trying to stop them from destroying his neighborhood. Then he turns around and basically tells Hulk, "You know what, never mind, waste this b***h."
Williams was pretty stoked about it, too, saying that Norton is "from Baltimore, so he really felt passionate about The Wire." For the record, Norton was actually born in Boston and raised in Columbia, MD, a suburb that consistently makes it onto "Best Places to Live" lists and is mostly known for recycling drives and a mall. And sadly, Williams' heroic role was cut down to about five seconds, reducing his participation to "Harlem Bystander." Here's the whole thing:
"OMAR RUNNIN', YO!"
This means that had Norton appeared in The Avengers, there's a realistic chance he would have insisted on adding yet more characters in order to turn it into an unofficial crossover with whatever show he was obsessed with at the moment. Come on, an Avengers starring Manimal and Judge Judy would've been sheer f*****g phantasmagoria.