Mark Ruffalo gives shoutout to Filipino who crafted Hulk action figure out of tsinelas

October 21, 2017 - 5:36 PM
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Mark Ruffalo holds up an Incredible Hulk action figure crafted by Elmer Padilla.
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Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has expressed his gratitude to a Filipino action figure maker for an Increbible Hulk doll crafted specially for him.

Ruffalo is best known for his portrayal of the popular comic book superhero in blockbuster films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He will reprise this role in “Thor: Ragnarok,” scheduled to open in Philippine cinemas on October 25.

Elmer Padilla and his creations. (Photo by Khyze Thomas)

Padilla, who reportedly earns a living as a construction worker in Imus, Cavite, has also been making action figures out of flip flops or tsinelas as they are known in Tagalog — the popular footwear made of rubber materials, which he apparently found to be flexible and colorful enough to create figures.

The Samar native and his impressive action figures of popular characters like the Transformers, Deadpool, Voltes V and Predator, among others recently attracted global attention. Among the several news outlets and video blogs that featured him was United News International, a U.S.-based news site that specializes in presenting one-minute video news reports on a variety of subjects from around the world.