Muscle & Fitness: Lou “Incredible Hulk” Ferrigno Calls Out CGI Superheroes


Actor Lou Ferrigno appears to be a bit upset at the MCU, or at least how easy the folks who followed in his footsteps have had it. The former bodybuilder turned actor starred in the popular CBS series The Incredible Hulk alongside Bill Bixby from 1978 to 1982. He took to Twitter on Friday and said the following: “Can’t think of another superhero that isn’t in costume or CGI. Worked damn hard on my diet and exercise for the Hulk. Wasn’t going to let anyone down. The hulk was my hero as a kid as well. #hulkseries #oghulk #nocgiinvolved #dietandexercise #louferrigno #dontmakemeangry,”



More recently, the Hulk has been portrayed by three different actors. Eric Bana in 2003, Edward Norton in 2008 and Mark Ruffalo in 2012, but all of them played the Bruce Banner side and provided motion capture so the green goliath could be created through CGI. And while its pretty regular for MCU stars like Chris HemsworthChris EvansChris Pratt and most recently Tom Hiddleston, to appear shirtless, none of them are that way for more than a few seconds on screen. Ferrigno was always shirtless, shoeless and covered in green paint/makeup. And while he doesn’t mention him, Dave Bautista is in a similar situation as Ferrigno when he plays Drax, and the former wrestler has commented how the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie will be his last in part because it is getting more and more difficult to keep in the shape he needs to appear shirtless on film regularly.


It’s not clear why Ferrigno decided to make the post at this point, but fan reaction to his comments were filled with people referring to him as their one-true-Hulk.

Meghan Murphy

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