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 Hulk's voice after a panel appearance at New York Comic Con during which The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier asked him to "audition" onstage. Ferrigno apparently belted out an amazing "Hulk Smash!" 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.