Lou Ferrigno, the first actor ever to play the Hulk in the 1978 television show The Incredible Hulk, apparently doesn’t take Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk seriously.
Last week, at the Montreal Comiccon, Ferrigno was signing autographs, posing for pictures, and sharing his thoughts about Mark Ruffalo’s version of his original character and what he makes of the current Avengers film franchise. And he’s just not a fan of how Marvel Studios is treating the Hulk.
“Mark is a wonderful actor. But we’ve had three different actors — we’ve had Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo. I like Bill Bixby the best, I like Edward Norton. But Ruffalo — I think he’s a wonderful actor, he blends in with the Marvel aspect of the Avengers — but I can’t take him seriously enough,” Ferrigno said.
Lou Ferrigno played the Hulk in the classic series The Incredible Hulk with Bill Bixby, who portrayed Dr. David Banner. The series aired from 1978 to 1982 and was made up of 80 episodes. Though a success in North America, the series was a huge hit overseas.
“Bill has that intensity, and you knew that when he was in danger, you could feel that intensity. But because of Marvel and Disney, they’ve taken a different direction. You can’t take it as seriously as the original series”, Ferrigno said, stating that this intensity is why people just loved the series so much.
Even though I love MCU’s Hulk, Ferrigno does make a good point. The dark intensity of the Hulk has been stripped away in favor of a goofier Hulk.
However, Avengers: Endgame introduced a “Smart Hulk” – a result of Banner merging his personality with Hulk’s strength. He found a way to merge the best of both worlds. Funny enough, this is direction that Ferrigno’s Hulk would have eventually taken and was planned as a TV movie called Revenge of the Incredible Hulk.
“Before Bill died, we did the death of the Hulk — we were planning to, in the next movie of the week, they find David Banner, they bring him back to life, but this time as the Hulk, I have David Banner’s brain. Interesting,” Ferrigno said.
“David inside of me functioning, I had David Banner as the Hulk. But unfortunately, Bill got sick and he passed on. It’s a good question because you would have seen a whole different side of the Hulk, and also of Bill Bixby, because they were gonna go in that other direction.”
So, what do you think on Lou Ferrigno not being able to take Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk seriously?
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