Lou Ferrigno: Schwarzenegger cost me Gladiator role

Lou Ferrigno: Schwarzenegger cost me Gladiator role

0 comments 📅26 May 2017, 13:56

Lou Ferrigno says he was denied a role in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator because fellow bodybuilder-turned-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was “jealous” he had been cast.

Ferrigno was originally cast as Tigris of Gaul, but was replaced during production by Sven-Ole Thorsen. It had been thought that Thorsen won the role from Ferrigno because the Hulk actor was too musculature, and the part needed someone chubbier who could play a retired gladiator.

“I don’t think that’s the answer,” Ferrigno said during a press interview at MCM London Comic Con. “Schwarzenegger was jealous and he would rather have his friend because I was more of a threat. That’s what really happened.”

Pressed on Arnie’s intrusion, he continued: “I was in the film, I had auditioned twice and I had the part – the casting agent told me that it had to do with Schwarzenegger. Apparently he was kind of jealous, so they switched roles. But I auditioned twice and I was hired – everything changed once they began filming. And Sven felt bad about it, he’s a good friend of mine.”

Watch the full Facebook Live video of the Lou Ferrigno interview here…


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