The Original Hulk Lou Ferrigno Will Be At Steel City Comic Con All Weekend

Larry Richert, Lou Ferrigno, John Shumway

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Steel City Comic Con starts this weekend at the Monroeville Convention Center.

The original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, will be in attendance, among other celebrity guests. He joined the KDKA Radio Morning News on Friday.

These are the questions that he was asked:

Do you still workout?

"I train six to seven days a week. I've been training now for 55 years, I'm very consistent. I still train the same, I’m 255 pounds of solid muscle, no fat," Ferrigno said

"I ride the bicycle path on the beach in Santa Monica every day for an hour to an hour and a half because it's great cardio. In the afternoon, I weight train.”

Did you see a resurgence when Marvel started creating the movies and brought the Hulk back?

"Exactly because the Hulk is one of the biggest characters. Now, I'm not crazy about all of this CGI. It's getting out of hand because now we have space ships and rocket ships,” Ferrigno added.

“I want to see more authentic, organic stories. For example, 1968, every episode had a compelling message about life. Even today when you watch the Twilight Zone, or the original Star Trek, you learn something.”

Were you a fan of the late Bruno Sammartino? 

“I used to go to wrestling matches at Madison Square Garden to watch Bruno. At the time, when I watched Bruno, he was a true, real wrestler,” Ferrigno tells KDKA Radio.

“That was before Hulk Hogan, but Bruno almost laid out the platform for wrestling. That man came from nothing, he was such a good gentleman.”

How did you overcome all of the challenges thrown your way?

 “I always tell people, everybody is handicapped in one way or another. Emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually; it’s all about embracing your passion and maximizing your personal power,” Ferrigno passionately explains.

“Everybody has a choice. Some people want to be obese, some people want to be an alcoholic, and some people want to do bad things. It’s a choice about helping yourself. There’s no excuse.”

How would you describe today’s generation?

“The problem with the young generation today is that they want a handout. Where I came from, I had to work hard to make a living. No one ever gave me anything,” said Ferrigno.

“Kids today are kind of spoiled, but that’s why it’s important to educate them. You still have to work for a living, and don’t neglect your education.”

As people approach your booth at Comic Con, will you sign more autographs or take more selfies?

“I would say more selfies than autographs. It’s a personal connection. In the old days, you’d have to wait for a Polaroid to develop.

“The nice thing about the iPhone when you take a picture, you have it in your hand that second.”

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