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VIDEO INTERVIEW – Lou Ferrigno at the Calgary Expo

Talks about the 'Hulk', fans, and his gay fans

Celebrity Interview by Jason Clevett (From GayCalgary® Magazine, April 2018, page 65)
Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk
Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk
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At 66 years old, legendary bodybuilder and actor Lou Ferrigno quickly developed a reputation at the 2018 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo as a workhorse. In addition to being warm and gracious when meeting fans, he participated in the early morning POW Parade of Wonders Friday, mingled with Media on Wednesday and attended all 4 days of the expo.

"It is instant gratification. I love being like a child with the fans and hearing stories, it brings back my childhood. As a child I didn’t have a show like this to attend. I would have given anything to have my parents bring me to something like this. I would read comic books and fantasize in my imagination. When I do a convention, I feel like I’m giving back," Ferrigno told GayCalgary during a brief chat between autographs. "On Wednesday night I got sworn in as an honorary Calgary citizen which was nice. The press and everybody has embraced with open arms."

Many gay men admired Ferrigno during his reign as The Incredible Hulk from 1979 – 1982 and three subsequent TV movies.

"I love all people. It’s great that I had the chance to run around almost naked. They see me running around and see its ok to show your body. I’ve gotten a lot of letters from gay people with great stories about how it affected their life."

It was a lot of work playing the Hulk. Before the days of CGI and effects, he spent long hours in the makeup chair, needing repeated touch ups as the makeup wore off when he would get hot.

"When they applied the makeup they had to use a clay. Today they can use sprays and you could probably get made up in an hour and a half instead of three and a half hours. I had to be refrigerated all day long because the makeup would run when I got hot."

A fitness advocate, Sheriff, and actor with multiple roles on TV and movies (including contributing to Hulks voice in the Marvel films) Ferrigno’s character as well as genuine kindness are surely not to be forgotten by those that meet him.

"It is great – 41 years later the legacy continues. There is a lot of actors that have done TV series that are forgotten. I didn’t want that to happen. I kept The Hulk alive all these years doing conventions and press. It means a lot to me because there’s only one Hulk and I want that to be my trademark that I pass on."


Interview - Lou Ferrigno

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Contributor Jason Clevett |


Locale Calgary |


Person Lou Ferrigno |


Topic Calgary Expo | Celebrity Interview | Celebrity Video Interview | Comic Expo |


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