Stupid questions with onetime Hulk Lou Ferrigno -- The former bodybuilder dishes on flannel fashion, ''The King of Queens,'' and space-bound grizzly bears

By Dalton Ross
Updated May 16, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Lou Ferrigno, The Incredible Hulk
Credit: The Incredible Hulk: Everett Collection

Lou Ferrigno went from battling Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1977’s bodybuilding documentary ”Pumping Iron” to battling villains (not to mention a nasty temper) as the Hulk. So with the release of two TV movies (”The Incredible Hulk Returns” and ”The Trial of the Incredible Hulk”) on DVD — and Universal’s big-screen version coming on June 20 — we decided to pit Ferrigno, now 51, against a new nemesis: stupid questions.

Why was the Hulk always wearing torn flannel? Was that, like, a grunge thing?
He [had] his own fashion. His look was big, strong, and sexy — with a lot of passion.

Why didn’t Dr. Banner just shop at a big-and-tall store so his clothes weren’t always ripping when he got pissed off?
I think he liked the way his pants fit, and he was embarrassed to show his legs.

You threw a grizzly bear into outer space in the 1983 movie ”Hercules.” Do you ever stop to think about that from time to time — the fact that you, you know, threw a grizzly bear into outer space?
I didn’t even know that was gonna happen. I was in the movie theater with my friends, and they just couldn’t stop laughing. I was shocked because the way the bear was floating, it just looked like a big stuffed animal. [Extended pause] What are these questions? Do people read this kind of stuff?

I hope so. Now, you’ve been on ”The King of Queens” a bunch of times. Did you ever beat anyone up on set when they didn’t laugh at your jokes?
They know better because they don’t wanna be in the hospital for six months.

You were kidnapped by alien frogs in 1993’s ”Frogtown II.” How come you didn’t make it back for the third ”Frogtown,” ”Toad Warrior”?
That was the last ”Frogtown” I ever want to do in my entire life.

How does being kidnapped by alien frogs stack up when measured against, say, throwing a grizzly bear into outer space?
I think the frogs liked me better because of the whole green connection.

Do you think that maybe the grizzly bear sent the alien frogs down from outer space as some sort of revenge?
I think he did, because the frogs knew they didn’t want to get thrown into space like that bear did.

Hey, are you okay with all this? Because I’ve heard that I wouldn’t like you when you’re angry.
That’s true.

So, what does make Lou Ferrigno angry?
When people ask me if it’s easy being green.

Okay, well, there goes MY final question.

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