The Incredible Hulk television series may have ended in 1982, but to this day, Lou Ferrigno still epitomizes the character for millions of fans. It is by no coincidence that he provided The Hulk's
Even at 62 years old, Lou Ferrigno is a handsome guy with an enviable, muscular physique. Things are going remarkably well for him these days, too. A surgery three years ago to improve the hearing problem that has plagued him since early childhood has proven remarkably successful. Additionally, the bodybuilder and actor is still as busy as ever with multiple projects both on- and off-screen.
We spoke with Ferrigno at Comicpalooza about The Hulk, an upcoming on-screen movie role, what he finds disappointing in fitness today and a whole lot more.
People still identify you as The Hulk. Do you have anything in common with the character?
Yes, because I was The Hulk my whole life. I loved The Hulk and it's funny how I was able to take that and use it for my role in the TV show and movies. The Hulk is always with me. Everyone has a little Hulk inside and people of all nationalities can identify with him.
You're still really involved in fitness. What are the worst things you see in fitness today?
People who use poor form when working out and trainers who don't know what they're doing. They're just taking money from clients. It's about connecting with your body so when you do an exercise you don't hurt yourself. It's about helping your body, not hurting your body.
Do you have any advice specifically for people over 40 who are trying to stay or get into shape?
You mean like me, who's 62 now? Use the correct form, don't train heavy and listen to your body! Age doesn't matter. Just go by how you feel.
What are your current projects?
I have a role in Scorpion King: The Lost Throne [as Skizurra], which is coming out in September. I'm also in The Bandit Hound with Paul Trevino and Judd Nelson. It's a comedy like Home Alone. [The Bandit Hound is set for release in December.] I play a bank robber. In Scorpion King; I have a great part but I contractually cannot talk about it right now.
Besides acting, what are your interests?
I have been a deputy sheriff for the last ten years with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and I put 30 hours a month into law enforcement. I've been busy with that as well as with conventions.
I have a new competition coming out, too. It's called Ferrigno Legacy. It's an NPC [National Physique Committee] bodybuilding championship with men's fitness and women's figure. It's in Santa Barbara during the last week of November.
What is the No. 1 thing you want people to know about you?
That I embrace life. I am very passionate about what I do. I try to be nice to everybody and I judge people for who they are.
What advice do you have for people who just want to better themselves?
Compete with yourself and be very passionate about what you are doing.