AP070912037887OK, so maybe Mark Ruffalo was scary in "Shutter Island" -- but does the actor really merit inclusion on a terrorism watch list?
Actually, Ruffalo told GQ magazine that he's on a list because of his support for a movie he doesn't even appear in. (The short GQ item, part of its Men of the Year issue, isn't online.)
After he'd seen the HBO documentary "Gasland" -- which chronicles a Pennsylvania man's run-ins with the natural gas industry -- Ruffalo organized a series of screenings for the film, in order to publicize the little-noted public-health risks associated with certain natural-gas drilling practices. He told GQ that the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security took notice of his activism and placed him on a watch list -- "pretty [expletive] funny," he said.
But the office told a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter as well as Entertainment Weekly that not only had Ruffalo not been added to any list, no such list even exists. Homeland Security did not immediately respond The Lookout's own inquiry Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, actions against the natural gas industry have apparently made some headway in Pennsylvania, which harbors extensive natural gas reserves. The Pittsburgh City Council recently voted to to ban natural gas altogether. If you're curious what all the fuss is about, you can view the trailer for "Gasland" -- a film continuing to draw fierce opposition from the drilling industry -- below:Read More »from Actor Mark Ruffalo says he’s on terror watch list