Trivia / The Incredible Hulk

TV series
  • Acting for Two: In one episode David meets his exact double, a mobster named Mike Cassidy. In another episode Lou Ferrigno (in his first speaking role) plays a bodybuilder in addition to being the Hulk. The two meet during the climax of the episode.
  • The Danza: Jack Colvin as Jack McGee.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Jack Colvin directed two episodes. Bill Bixby directed one, plus three of the TV movies.
  • Executive Meddling: Bruce Banner's name was changed to David because Kenneth Johnson did not want the main character to have what he regarded as a "stereotypically comic-booky alliterative name", although Lou Ferrigno claims that CBS thought the name "Bruce" sounded "too gay." Imagine Kenneth's surprise when it was pointed out to him that his lead actor was called Bill Bixby.
  • The Other Marty: Richard Kiel (Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker) was originally cast as the Hulk but the producers decided he didn't have the right body type. There is one blink-and-you-miss-it moment in the pilot where Kiel is playing the Hulk instead of Lou Ferrigno.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Both Richard Kiel and Arnold Schwarzenegger had been considered for the role of the Hulk- Arnie was turned down for being too short, and while Kiel had the job initially and even filmed a few scenes, it was also decided that he was too small (in his muscles, at least) and was replaced. Kiel writes in his autobiography that this was definitely for the best, as his being blind in one eye caused problems with the contact lenses and even resulted in a hair-raising partial loss of vision while he was driving home from the shoot.
    • Shortly after the series ended, Bill Bixby wanted to do a crossover film with the Spider-Man TV series that had also aired, and Bixby even had Nicholas Hammond (Spidey's actor) onboard and ready to go, but Universal Pictures passed. Their claim was that Lou Ferrigno was unavailable, though Ferrigno would later reveal that he'd never even been contacted nor had he even heard of the proposal until 2003.
    • Ironically, had Bixby not died, a fourth made-for-TV movie would have seen Banner resurrected, and with the ability to control his Hulk power, according to The Other Wiki. Apparently dying didn't exactly cure him. It just would have made it so that Banner could control himself when he transformed... that and actually talk, something the Hulk really didn't do outside of the two-part episode "Prometheus" when Banner was trapped halfway between human and Hulk. Another movie that would have been a backdoor pilot for Iron Man was also being considered, and a She-Hulk movie was in pre-production at one point as well.
  • You Look Familiar: Several times, most notably Gerald McRaney, who showed up in four episodes as different characters.

1996 series
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Neal McDonough as Bruce Banner and Lou Ferringo as the green Hulk are this, as both roles were voiced by Ron Perlman in their guest appearances on Fantastic Four and Iron Man. Regarding the guest appearance on the former, Luke Perry also replaced Benny Grant as Rick Jones.
    • Maurice LaMarche plays Doctor Strange in this series while John Vernon plays him on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (though this is likely because Vernon was the voice of Thunderbolt Ross in this series).
    • Likewise, Lisa Zane plays She-Hulk in season 1 while Cree Summer plays her in Season 2.
    • Lou Ferrigno briefly plays as the transforming Grey Hulk in season 1's finale, while Michael Donovan takes over when Grey Hulk makes his later appearances.
    • And finally, Genie Francis plays Betty Ross for most of Season 1 while Philece Sampler plays her later in Season 1 and in Season 2.

2008 film