Official Press Release
We are very pleased to welcome Lou Ferrigno as our special media guest for Mid-Ohio-Con 2008. Visit us online at the Mid-Ohio-Con web site at www.midohiocon.com or The Mighty Mighty MOC-BLOG at www.midohiocon.blogspot.com to read more about The One True Incredible Hulk.
Lou Ferrigno is a tough act to follow: even with a $150 million budget and state-of-the-art CGI special effects, Marvel and Universal still brought Ferrigno back for The Incredible Hulk movie to voice the character he defined in live action in the 1978â€"82 television series on CBS. That says a lot about what the 6'5", 275-pound Ferrigno brought to that unforgettable role and a lot about the love that fans have for him after all these years.
According to Variety, Ferrigno was cast as the Hulkâ€™s voice after a panel appearance at New York Comic Con during which The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier asked him to â€śauditionâ€ť onstage. Ferrigno apparently belted out an amazing â€śHulk Smash!â€ť which so impressed Leterrier and the producers that they asked him to come in and do the voice-over work for the characterâ€"much to the joy of Hulk fans everywhere.
Ferrigno first received acclaim as the youngest man to win the title of Mr. Universe at the age of 21, a record which still stands today. He went on to win the contest the following year as well, making him the only man to win back-to-back titles. Those extraordinary accomplishments led to a starring role in the body-building film Pumping Iron (1977), which also featured Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ferrigno first portrayed the jade giant in the 1977 TV movie The Incredible Hulk: Death in the Family, and went on to star in The Incredible Hulk TV series from 1978 to 1982. He reprised that role in four feature-length Incredible Hulk films over the next two decades. With the recent release of Marvel's The Incredible Hulk and a role in a Dreamworks production currently under way, Ferrigno is more popular and sought after than ever.