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Archive for November 9, 2011

Lou Ferrigno

Louis Jude “Lou” Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951) is an American actor, fitness trainer/consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary ‘Pumping Iron’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger. As an actor, he is best known for portraying the title role in the CBS television series ‘The Incredible Hulk’. He has also appeared in fantasy-adventures such as ‘Sinbad of the Seven Seas’ and ‘Hercules’, and as himself in the sitcom ‘The King of Queens’ and the 2009 comedy ‘I Love You, Man’.

The Incredible Hulk. In 1977, Ferrigno was cast in the title role opposite Bill Bixby as The Hulk in ‘The Incredible Hulk’.Although Ferrigno and Bixby did not share lines on camera (except for one episode, “King of the Beach”), the two were friends, with Ferrigno describing Bixby as a “mentor” and “father figure” who took Ferrigno under his wing. Ferrigno also singles out the instances in which Bixby directed Ferrigno in some episodes as particularly memorable. Ferrigno continued playing the Hulk role until 1981—although the last two episodes were not broadcast until May 1982. Later, he and Bixby co-starred in three The Incredible Hulk  TV Movies.

Elijah Wood is a ‘Maniac’

Elijah Wood is the lead in the remake of ‘Maniac’ (1980) The indie will be directed by Franck Khalfoun and produced by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Lavasseur. Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill. It will shoot later this year.

This isn’t the first deranged killer role for Wood, who was unnerving as the creepy cannibal Kevin in Sin City. Wood has been busy lately, voice work in the upcoming Happy Feet 2, the indie Celeste and Jesse, Sky TV’s Treasure Island, and, of course, he reprises his signature role in The Hobbit. Wood also reprises his starring role in the series Wilfred, which begins production early next year.