Mark Ruffalo says his face was paralyzed for a year after brain tumor surgery, still deaf in 1 ear | wbay

Actor Mark Ruffalo is revealing more about the brain tumor he had more than 20 years ago, saying a vivid dream was his first warning sign.

On Monday, during an appearance on the “SmartLess” podcast with hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, Ruffalo recalled the health scare he had in 2001.

The actor said it was a dream that sent him to the doctor.

“It wasn’t like any other dream I’d ever had,” Ruffalo, 56, said. “It was just like, ‘You have a brain tumor.’ It wasn’t even a voice. It was just pure knowledge, ‘You have a brain tumor, and you have to deal with it immediately.’”

The “intense” dream and a general “sense of doom” sent him to the doctor for a CAT scan. He had no symptoms at the time, other than an ear infection.

“The nurse calls the doctor up; I could hear them talking in the other room. She comes in, she’s kinda like a zombie, and she says, ‘You have a mass behind your left ear the size of a golf ball, and we don’t know what it is. We can’t tell until it’s biopsied,’” Ruffalo recalled.

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