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Lou Ferrigno, TV’s Incredible Hulk, to be sheriff’s deputy in New Mexico

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The actor and former bodybuilder will be sworn in on Thursday to recruit officers for the department and the county

As the Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno brought the bad guys to book with his famous thunderclap, a signature superhero move as loud as a sonic boom or a hurricane.

But the actor most famous for bringing the Marvel Comics legend to life in the long-running 1970s CBS television series will have to rely on more traditional crime-fighting tools in his latest role, as a sheriffs deputy in the New Mexico desert.

The 68-year-old former bodybuilder will be sworn in on Thursday as the newest recruit of the Socorro county sheriffs department.

As a deputy, Ferrigno will continue a journey in law and order that began as the ferocious green alter ego of Dr David Bruce Banner on the small screen and progressed to real-life spells as a reserve deputy in two California counties and as a member of notorious Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaios volunteer posse which targeted illegal immigrants.

According to Socorro county sheriff William Armijo, Ferrigno will be instrumental in recruiting officers for the department and the county. The actor, Armijo says, will be bringing decades of law enforcement experience.

Expected to perform mostly office-bound duties, Ferrigno will be on call to assist patrol officers where needed, though will wear the neat beige uniform of the sheriffs department rather than the torn shorts and pea green body make-up of the giant Hulk.

Since stepping back from an acting career that still sees him accepting occasional roles, such as voice-overs in the Avengers series of movies, Ferrigno has enjoyed success as a fitness coach and motivational speaker.

In an interview on his website, he explained the parallels between life as a fictional crime-buster and his time with the San Luis Obispo sheriffs department in California.

This is not a costume, he said. This is the real thing because Ive played sheriff over the years in different films. This I take very seriously and Im very excited, very proud to be a deputy because my whole life Ive always wanted to be a sheriff.

People assume its just an honorary thing. It isnt, because Im certified and I have police powers which Im very proud of. I went through all the driving, the shooting, the studying and it changed my life and Im very happy to be a real-life hero, protecting life and property.

During an appearance on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2012, Ferrigno struck up a friendship with Donald Trump. In 2018 Trump appointed Ferrigno, a former Mr Universe, to his presidential council on sports fitness and nutrition.

Ferrigno is among a number of celebrities to have had careers in law enforcement. They include the actor Steven Seagal, who partnered his duties as a reserve deputy in Louisiana and Arizona with a reality TV series that was halted when he became embroiled in a sexual assault lawsuit, and the retired basketball star Shaquille ONeal.

An honorary federal deputy marshal, ONeal attended police academy and served as a reserve officer for police departments in California, Arizona and Florida.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/11/lou-ferrigno-televisions-incredible-hulk-to-join-new-mexicos-sheriffs-deputies

Marvel’s Kevin Feige brushes off Scorsese superhero movies criticism

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Studio chief describes as unfortunate the directors claim that the blockbusters were like theme parks and not cinematic

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has responded for the first time in public to the controversy surrounding superhero movies first sparked in October by Martin Scorsese, who said they were not cinema and closer to theme parks.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Feige brushed off Scorseses remarks, saying: I think thats not true. I think its unfortunate.

Feige added: I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theatre full of people.

Scorseses views were backed up by fellow directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, who described Marvels output as despicable and Ken Loach, who called them cynical. Film-makers such as Joss Whedon and James Gunn, however, defended the Marvel franchise, while Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, which owns Marvel, said: I dont get what [Coppola and Scorsese are] criticising us for when were making films that people are obviously enjoying going to and theyre doing so by the millions.

However, Scorsese later amplified his criticism of superhero movies with an article in the New York Times, in which he said he felt a terrible sadness about the state of the industry.

Feige said: Everybody has a different definition of cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk. Some people dont think its cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion, and I look forward to what will happen next. But, in the meantime, were going to keep making movies.

Feige, who is generally considered the main creative force behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has overseen the release of 23 MCU films since 2008 with a worldwide box office of over $22bn, making it by far the most successful film franchise of all time. Feige has also been asked to collaborate on a new instalment in the Star Wars series, the second highest grossing franchise of all time.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/11/kevin-feige-martin-scorsese-marvel-studios-superhero-movies

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