“Remember, every episode he threw in one of those big steel oxygen tanks,” McConaughey said with a laugh. “They appeared in every scene, didn’t they? After a burst of laughter, McConaughey said, “Lou Ferrigno, thank you. “
Ferrigno used to provide his voice for the Hulk in the MCU from the 2008 solo film until the second Avengers film. Ruffalo took over the vocals starting with Thor: Ragnarok, but he paid tribute to Ferrigno when pressing for the sequel to Thor.
“That’s what I watched Hulk play growing up,” Ruffalo told Yahoo in 2017. “ [The voice is] definitely a nod to you, Lou. You influenced that.
Ferrigno criticized the Hulk in Ragnarok for having too much dialogue when he is in hiding. Ferrigno also challenged the Hulk in Avengers: Endgame and said the Hulk was not “hideous” enough. Imagine what Ferrigno would have said if McConaughey had been used for the Hulk motion capture.
Regarding the Hulk’s future in the MCU, Ruffalo said there have been conversations about his appearance in the She-Hulk series on Disney +.
McConaughey appeared in theaters earlier this year in director Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen. IGN’s review of The Gentlemen said, “There’s no high to be found in this new Guy Ritchie joint” and gave the film a rating of 4 out of 10.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who thought The Gentlemen was actually pretty good.