Actor Mark Ruffalo is distancing himself from the lead in a new biopic about David Koresh, because he doesn't want to play the cult leader on film. The "Zodiac" star admits he read for the role but immediately turned it down.
He says, "I'm not doing that. I read it and passed on it. I didn't want to hold up anybody... but, for some reason, I can't get away from it. I didn't really respond to the story." Koresh, who bears a striking resemblance to Ruffalo, was the leader of a Branch Davidian religious sect.
Koresh and over 70 followers barricaded themselves in their ranch headquarters outside of Waco, Texas and burned the building down in 1993 following an FBI raid. They were all found dead after the blaze.