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'Infinitely Polar Bear': EW preview

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Claire Folger

STARRING Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana

DIRECTED BY Maya Forbes

RATED R

RELEASE DATE June 19

Mark Ruffalo faced at least two formidable challenges making Infinitely Polar Bear: accurately embodying bipolar disorder and honoring the man who inspired his character, writer-director Maya Forbes’ father. The story comes directly from Forbes’ experiences as a girl, when her mother (portrayed here by Zoe Saldana) temporarily left her two daughters in the care of their unstable dad. To play his part, Ruffalo decided to focus on the man, not the malady. “Let’s say you’re in a wheelchair. If you’re an a–hole, you’re going to be an a–hole in a wheelchair,” he says. “If you’re a lovely guy, you’re still going to be a lovely guy but with bipolar.”

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