The Real Reason Arnold Schwarzenegger Didn’t Get The Incredible Hulk Role
According to the book “American comic book chronicles, “Schwarzenegger was considered Bixby’s monstrous alter-ego on the TV series ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ but at his height of 6’2”, writer-producer Kenneth Johnson deemed the actor too short for the role. . Instead, James Bond actor “Jaws” Richard Kiel, who was 7’2″, was offered the role, but eventually the producers replaced him with 6’5″ Ferrigno because Kiel n didn’t quite have the muscular frame required for the character. However, like the YouTube mini-documentary “The Story of the Incredible Hulk” shows, Kiel has integrated 18 images from the pilot movie episode of “The Incredible Hulk” into an overhead view of the character.
The irony of Ferrigno beating Schwarzenegger for the role, as ‘The Hulk Story’ points out, was that Ferrigno placed second to his rival in the 1974 Mr. Olympia contest (via Old school labs). But while the two coachbuilders were competitors, Ferrigno looked at Schwarzenegger with admiration. In a 2016 publication on his official Facebook page, Ferrigno posted side-by-side photos of him and Schwarzenegger from the 1974 Mr. Olympia contest — which was also documented in ‘Pumping Iron’ — and wrote, “I admired Arnold and was very excited to be on stage with him. In 1 year, I went from Mr. America to the Mr. Olympia. I knew I was not at my best, but this competition really raised the bar in my career.