the disability that marked his childhood, the curse of Hulk and his accidental encounter with Martín Karadagian

Lou Ferrigno: the disability that marked his childhood, the curse of Hulk and his incident encounter with Martín Karadagian

Lou Ferrigno: the disability that marked his childhood, the curse of Hulk and his accidental encounter with Martín Karadagian – Credits: @Axelle/Bauer-Griffin

La serie de Paramount+ The tenderexcellent recreation of los vaivenes en torno a la filmación de El Padrino, lo devolvió al centro de la escena. 70 years ago, Lou Ferrigno (N. de la R.: pronunciar como suena y no “Ferriño”) put his metro ninety and eight of height, más otro tanto de ancho, al servicio del mafioso Lenny Montana, que en el film de Francis Ford Coppoló al también mobster Luca Brasi.

A 45 años de la primera vez que se pintó de verde to become en The Incredible Hulk de la tele, Ferrigno atravesó todos los estados: miedo, rechazo, extreme popularity, encasillamiento y olvido. Todo sin, practically, prounciar palabra.

Cuando en 1977 firmó el contrato para ser elter ego del doctor David Banner (Bill Bixby) -starring an Arnold Schwarzenegger que también estaba atrás del papel-, Lou Ferrigno was already an astro en lo suyo. At 22, he was the youngest bodybuilder to win the title of Mr. Universo (lo conseguiría en dos ocasions), también se había llevado el de Teenage Mr. America and Mr. America. But his imposing presence hid a history of insecurity and maltrato, which Lou arrastraba since childhood. “A los 12 años he started training – he told a televised interview – he was shy, he didn’t talk much, so I thought he was more strong and could have more friends. Queria ser fuerte, un superhéroe’. His insecurity was born from having lost 65 percent of his hearing three years ago, due to an ear infection. Desde ese momento he began to use headphones: “Most people didn’t understand what this device was. That’s when I found out that the only person who helped me was myself.”

This disability also confronted him with his father, who used to tell him that the root of it was very difficult that he could triumph in life. “ Necesitaba tener más confianza en mí mismo, así que un amigo lent me unas pesas que tenía y empcé a usarlas todos los días. De a poco empecé a ganar musculatura, lo único que hacía era eso y leer historietas ». Between them, logically, they found the Hulk.

The “H” challenge

Ya convertido en un prodigio del culturismo, y confiado de que esa iba ser su mejor carta presentación, Lou Ferrigno se se preparaba una serie sobre su ídolo de los comics, el gigante verde, y fue muy la audicióndo a. The main opponent was Arnold Schwarzenegger, tres años mayor que él y con quien ya había “pica” de las competencias de fisicoculturismo, pero Lou se quedó conel rol. And just then, when the doors of the world of spectacle opened for him, he learned something that didn’t convince him: “Todo había sido grandioso para mí, hasta que me dijeron que me tiená que paintar de verde. No me gustó nada la idea porque llevaba mucho tiempo todo ese processo, más de three horas entre las protesis y la paintura, sin contar los retoques después de 12 hours de rodaje”. Tan mal no la debe haber pasado porque soportó gustoso este ritmo durante 82 episodes a lo largo de cinco temporadas.

On May 12, 1982, the last episode aired The Incredible Hulkdejando a Lou Ferrigno a la deriva. Con una fama que ni él mismo entendía, pero encasillado en un role que hasta ese momento había sido su vida: “No podía caminar por la calle en ningún lugar del mundo porque enseguida me reconocían”.

Tanta fama tuvo también su contracara. In October 1981, being in Egypt, the interpreter was invited by president Anwar el-Sadat to a parade but at the last moment the mandate canceled his presence, and finally, la de Ferrigno. Unos días después, Anwar Sadat and 12 accompanants fueron acribillados en un palco during a public event, la Investigación posterior revealed that the original plan was to kill him in el eventto previo, el que iba compartir la condorigno.

Although Ferrigno was convinced that -perhaps by osmosis- he had learned from his friend and companion Bill Bixby all the necessary things to be something more than a beautiful body, the first offer that came to him y laceptérécules. sus héroes favoritos de la infancia cuyo nombre también empezaba con “H”. This time his colleague Schwarzenegger beat him to the punch, because he had interpreted the role in it Hercules in New York (1970), although Ferrigno rejected this version to stay with the ones starring Steve Reeves in the 50s. Based on them, with more dialogue and the same inexpressiveness of Hulk but without makeup, and with a beard, the actor prot Hercules (1983) c The Adventures of Hercules (1985). The poor reception that tuvo este secundo film cercenó cualquier possibility of realizing another sequel? Lou estaba otra vez en la lona, ​​​​pero el personaje que hizo famoso estaba a punto de darle una revancha.

Hulk got a humplar

Luego de finalizada la serie de Hulk, Bill Bixby tampoco estaba para tirar manteca al techo. Embargo of sin, actor, producer and director, his season of consciousness is his evolution and ultimate sensibility. Así que se hizo con los derechos para y llamó a su compañero Lou para volver al ruedo. Juntos filmaron tres películas for TV: The return of the Incredible Hulk (1988), El juicio al Increíble Hulk (1989) c The death of the Incredible Hulk (1990). The idea was that they were the starting point for a sixth season of the series, a project that was cut short when Bixby was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Poco antes de morir in 1993, the young actress terminal of the telefilms los guiones de dos nuevos, The Rebirth of The Incredible Hulk -donde la criatura por fin hablaría, following la tónica de los comics-y The Revenge of The Incredible Hulk, que contaría con la apparition de Iron Man a cargo by Tom Selleck. The concept of the “talking Hulk”, closer to the comic, would be resumed from that moment on for future adaptations of the character. ” Bill was a great person to work with, also a great director and producer. Lo recuerdo como alguien muy exigente, recuerdo alguna vez llegar tarde al set, y que me chara una mirada fulminante, parecía que se iba transformar en Hulk. Fue mi mentor, aprendi mucho de él,” continued Ferrigno.

Ferrigno kept the Hulk wig, and turned it into a pair of commercials that featured it as an image. Until now, his last recurrent contact with the character was voicing the animated series realized between 1996 and 1998. Luego lo volvoí a hacer para la saga de The Avengers.

The anecdote results in a curiosity, since in the program those responsible for the grunts were Ted Cassidy (Largo de Los locos Addams) en las dos primeras temporadas, and Charles Napier (The silence of the innocent) en las demás. Since then, Ferrigno dedicated himself to enjoy his fame, to train a figure like Mickey Rourke, Chuck Norris or Michael Jackson, to walk around different parts of the world? entre ellos la Argentina, donde se enfrentó, nada menos, que a Martin Karadayan.

Un gigante con pies de barro

Although the closest memory of Lou Ferrigno in Buenos Aires is his frustrated participation in the 2000 edition of Fantabaires, the actor was already in our country in full success of the series in 19197: he visited Mar del Plata) being the first, the most recordada por lo bizarra.

Between the 6th and the 28th of October 1979, Expo Pibe 79 took place in La Rural, and the Incredible Hulk was the guest star. Por entonces, el crédito local en questiones de lucha was Martín Karadagian, quien junto a Titanes en el ringit was the other great attraction of the sample.

En su libro El Gran Martin, the journalist Daniel Roncoli consigna los recuerdos del armenio: “Él estaba de moda conel thema del Incredíble Hulk. No me quiise perder la occasión: he was culturista, un grandote, estaba en el pico de popularidad, así que lo quise desafier. Lo habian traído como empresarios los journalistas (Fernando) Niembro y (Marcelo) Araujo, e hizo algunas demostraciones de fuerza. To his surprise, el Zurdo D’Artagnan, lo empezó a cargar de metido y Ferrigno se enojó, so he took advantage of the discourtesy he had committed to irme encima. No se prendió, no entendió bien, no me dio el gusto, no se atrevió a luchar. Me hubiera encantado luchar con él, me lo comía crudo.’

In the 24 hours that he was in Argentina, the North American preferred to do some demos of force, break the teleport utility and have lunch with Mirtha Legrand. More here in the tiempo, Paulina, la hija de Martín, also recorded that failed encounter: “Lou Ferrigno came to Argentina. Una de las cosas que iba hacer was fighting against papá. Something happened that I didn’t want to do, and they ended up putting some iron on the ring to show a mini training. Para mí tuvo cuiqui”.

Las noticias más recientes en torno a su nombre tuvenon que ver con su salud. Within 2018, from his reaction to an empty contrast with pneumonia, the actor tuvo que ser internado, con el consecuente susto para su familia, y especially para Carla Ferrigno, su compañera desde hace cuarenta años.

Last year, the actor began to notice that he was practically deaf in the right ear. A series of studies revealed that the deterioration was progressive. The solution was a cochlear implant, which allows the placement of an electronic device that allows hearing to be recovered through stimulation of the nerve endings.

Luego de su trabajo en The tender, Lou Ferrigno continues to challenge a volver a ser un astro de la pantalla. There is no promising project on the horizon but who knows, the Marvel universe is expanding so fast that it costs nothing to give a place to someone who was a fundamental part of its prehistory.

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