With all the attention being paid to the new The Incredible Hulk film since the release of the new trailer, it's nice to see that the actors who original brought the character to life haven't been forgotten. Comic Book Resources caught up with body-builder-turned-actor Lou Ferrigno at Wizard World Los Angeles, where he spoke about his experiences on The Incredible Hulk, as well as his thoughts about the new film.
Ferrigno reflected first on the original series, where he played the transformed alter-ego of scientist Bruce Banner (inexplicably renamed David for television.) The make-up process for transforming Ferrigno into the Hulk involved three and a half hours of application, and the cover-up often had to be reapplied during filming.
Ferrigno also heaped praise on his co-star and alter-ego, Bill Bixby. Ferrigno said that he was "a mentor" as an actor, and additionally served as "a real father figure. Bill really took me under his wing." Ferrigno discussed the times that Bixby would direct, and said "it was great. I'd already built up so much trust with him that it just made everything so easy."
Drawing parallels between his show and this summer's film, Ferrigno compared Edward Norton to Bill Bixby and their portrayals of the scientist with a monster trapped inside of them. "Ed [Norton] reminds me of Bill because they have that same emotional connection with the work," Ferrigno said. "[The new movie] is going to be so much better than the last one because it has an emotional connection with the Hulk... It shows off some of his sensitivity."
It was also confirmed by Ferrigno that he has a cameo in The Incredible Hulk, and that his cameo scene involves Norton. "I really respect Ed Norton's work, and I was actually intimidated by him. Ed's a fan of the show, too, and was intimidated by me... [We both] tried not to intimidate each other for the entire scene."
The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, William Hurt, Liv Tyler and Tim Roth smashes into theatres on June 13, 2008.