If you read my review of the Avengers you will know that I (like 93% of the planet) LOVED the big screen outing of Marvel’s super group. However there were a couple of things that irrked me, one being the distinct lack of Hulk legend Lou Ferrigno.
The Hulk has enjoyed spectacular success throughout different media over the last half a century, however there has (almost) always been one consistency, Lou Ferrigno. Ferrigno is the only actor to play the hulk in 3 different mediums; the classic 70′s show where he was painted green and paraded around in torn shirts and jeans as the jade monster, the 90′s animated series in which he voiced (for the first time) the green goliath, a role which he later reprised for the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk. Ferrigno also had cameos as a security guard in both 2008′s The Incredible Hulk and 2003′s Hulk.
As a fan of all of these incarnations of Lou playing the Hulk I was somewhat dismayed when I saw The Avengers to find that The Hulks dulcet tones were seemingly a heavily distorted version of Bruce Banner actor Mark Ruffalo’s voice. However it turns out that former bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno was used after all, as the actual voice of the jolly green giant was an amalgamation of both Ruffalo and Ferrigno’s voice (as well as Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer Christopher Boyes, and two random New Zealanders).
Check out the video below for a more in-depth explanation of how Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer Christopher Boyes created the voice of the Hulk for Avengers…. and as if you didn’t know already The Avengers is out in cinemas now.