Lou Ferrigno

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When Lou Ferrigno played the Hulk on television back in the 80’s, he was the biggest dude I’d ever seen at the time. I thought he was perfect for the role and just ignored the hair. Now, for some reason, it reminds me of Dexter Morgan’s do’ and I can’t get it out of my head. With matching eyebrows that could bring down The Leader all on their own, the big guy had massive success smashing stuff in slow motion week after week. Years later, he’d expand on his good relationship with Marvel by appearing in their films. He played a security guard in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and went on to voice the character in the studio’s film incarnations. So, maybe he’s in the loop on their future projects. Maybe when he claims unsubstantiated plans for his former self, he knows what he’s talking about. Right? Right?? (more…)



2015 will be a busy year for actor/stunt man/mo-cap artist extraordinaire Andy Serkis. Not only has he been confirmed as a cast member of what will likely be the biggest movie of the decade (y’know? This little picture?), but apparently just before that he’ll be mentoring Mark “The Incredible Hulk” Ruffalo in the finer points of motion-capture perfomance for Avengers: Age of Ultron. More after the jumpy-thingy: (more…)


The beauty of being the first guy cast as an iconic comic book character is that you’re always going to be associated with said creature and, thus, probably work for the rest of your life. Such is existence for Lou Ferrigno, the bodybuilder whose work on 82 episodes of the Incredible Hulk television series that aired in the late 70s and early 80s still earns him a booth at numerous fan conventions and cameo appearances in Marvel movies (remember him as the security guard at Banner’s lab in Hulk? You should because it’s great!). The bit parts continues to roll in for Ferrigno, as he’s been cast to reprise his role as the Big Green Meanie’s voice in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hopefully this time he gets to say a little more than “puny god”.



Mark Ruffalo got a lot of positive reaction to his portrayal as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in last summer’s The Avengers, and while some have said that his iteration of the character is “The Best” ever put to screen, is Ruffalo truly the best Hulk?

Well one other actor who played the Hulk is staking a claim. Lou Ferrigno played the Green Goliath in the 1977-82 TV series The Incredible Hulk, as well as in a number of follow-up TV movies. Ferrigno says that no one can play the Hulk like he could because Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulks were all brought to life through CGI and motion capture, and not because the actors themselves bulked up and slathered on green pant. The difference, according to Ferrigno, is that feeling of reality.

“I was the first to bring superhero muscles to the screen and to make it more believable. There’s still people who prefer to watch the old show over the newer things because it’s real, not CGI,” Ferrigno told The LA Times. “The Hulk was the beginning of me, a platform as an actor to grow. I don’t think anybody else can play the Hulk like I could. I was able to show emotions even with all of the makeup. I don’t think it can be duplicated.”

He may have a point, but then again ask anybody if motion capture can’t render (pun intended) a great performance and they’ll point you to Andy Serkis as Gollum in the Lord of the Ring movies among others. Still, Ferrigno deserves some credit for being the first live-action Hulk, and for doing it without computer graphics assistance.

What do you Bastards think, is their a better Hulk than Ferrigno, or is it reality for the win?

Source: Comic Book Movie

Many of the younger set may not even recognize the name Lou Ferrigno, but this guy was the Hulk before the Hulk was as cool as he is today.  A painted Ferrigno once graced the television screen in The Incredible Hulk TV series for five seasons.  And though he didn’t get any lines (aside from some grunting and growling), he did get to smash things up and throw people around a bit.

Now that the former Mr. Universe has been replaced by bigger and badder CGI effects, he has moved on to other things.  Aside from a 7-year run on CBS’s “The King of Queens,” Ferrigno has been working on a number of other celebrity undertakings.  He’s also been spending some of his free time fighting crime.

As of Friday last week, Ferrigno is officially a reserve deputy with the San Luis Obispo County Sherriff’s Office.  This is not the first time he’s decided to battle criminals without green paint on his skin, however.  He has been a reserve deputy for the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department since 2006.

Ferrigno’s father was a Lieutenant with the New York Police Department and instilled a certain amount of respect for law enforcement officers in his son.  In a sense, Ferrigno is following in his father’s footsteps.

His goals now are to spend as much time as he can bouncing between the two departments and helping put bad guys away.  So, he’s still kinda like the Hulk, wandering the Earth looking for villains to combat, but now he just does it in a small section of Southern California and wears a uniform instead of green make-up.  Probably a little more comfortable at least.

Source: SanLuisObispo Tribune with special thanks Nerd Bastard reader Geoff O’Quest for the tip

This movie just looks better and better. This is the trailer all The Avengers fanboys have been waiting for. Hard hitting action, conflict on the team, witty quips, high tech SHIELD spy stuff, what isn’t in this film?

This movie is gonna rock the Superhero movie genre box office socks off. It’s not going to break records . . . it’s gonna crush them.

This trailer pushes all this NerdBastards buttons . . .

The Avengers” Release date is 4 May 2012.

Complete star cast of The Avengers includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jermy Renner, Samuel Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Lou Ferrigno (Hulk voice) and Clark Gregg.

Is it just me or does the “Avengers Assemble” title look cooler than just “The Avengers” ?



Has Donald Trump got the guts to say “You’re fired!” to The Incredible Hulk?

What about beaming George Takei and his legions of Internet fans into the cold, hard vacuum of space?

Trump announced his cast for the fifth season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and the contenders include bodybuilding champion/”Incredible Hulk” actor Lou Ferrigno, Star Trek/Internet sensation George Takei, “American Idol” alum Clay Aiken, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, and former talk show host comedian Arsenio Hall.

Rounding out the cast for the new season, which premieres on NBC on Feb. 12: radio and TV host Adam Carolla, magician Penn Jillette, Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider, car racing legend Michael Andretti, “American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Sr., supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop singer Debbie Gibson, actress Tia Carrere, mob daughter Victoria Gotti, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, actress Aubrey O’Day and model Patricia Velásquez.

There’s bound to be plenty of “incidents” to talk about with this group. If Lisa Lampanelli can go through the show without 1000 blip outs this NerdBastard will be surprised. Adam Carolla will be one to watch in my opinion, he’s sharp and able to dish it out. George will be the most loved of the cast with his smooth talking ways. Penn Jillette will also be interesting to watch, can he shine as well without his partner?

Check out an interview with several of the newbie contestants below, as well as Trump, who calls the new cast the show’s best ever:


Last year we reported that Guilermo del Toro and David Eick had signed on to the Incredible Hulk TV series from ABC Studios and Marvel TV. There has not been much word on the subject since. At the Marvel Television panel at this year’s New York Comic Con however, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb grazed the subject HulkTV, saying what The Hulk will look like.

Loeb says that the Hulk will look “as closely as possible” like how he will look in the Avengers movie. “I’m very, very confident that the Hulk you’re going to see when we finally get on the air on ABC, is going to look like something other than us putting a lot of paint on Lou Ferrigno,” Loeb said yesterday.

Loeb also confirmed a few other bits of Marvel TV speculation – Cloak & Dagger and Mockingbird are still in development at ABC Family, and AKA Jessica Jones will feature Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) and Luke Cage within.

Will hear more details come time of casting, which will be happening early in the year.


According to TMZ (you know, those gossip queens that that have their own TV show, if you could call it that) Reb Brown is one pissed off actor. For those of us born after the 1970’s, Brown portrayed the first Captain America in Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon. Two made-for-TV Captain America movies that ran in 1979. Since then he hasn’t really done anything of much importance, so naturally he’s upset that he was left out of Captain America: The First Avenger.

“Brown tells TMZ that at one point … the producers told his rep they were into the idea of having him make an appearance in the movie. But before he knew it … he was reading about production getting underway in London without a single call coming his way.”

Aww, they didn’t call. Apparently Brown believes there is some unwritten rule about superhero movies in which the last actor to play the character gets a cameo in the next big movie. Lou Ferrigno got his cameo in The Hulk so why shouldn’t Reb get his?

Hate to break it to you Reb, but that means the cameo would go to Matt Salinger and his “work” in the 1990’s Captain America. Maybe Joss Whedon will call him up for a part in The Avengers…and Skrulls will fly outta my ass.

Via: The Mary Sue