"Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" was a staple in the lives of generations of children, as they let their imaginations run wild with the help of the man in the sweater. There was one episode that stood out among the rest. Let's take a walk down memory lane and revisit the moment when the most gentle man on earth met the Incredible Hulk.
An Incredible VisitFred Rogers Center
In the iconic 1980 episode, Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely visit the Universal Studios lot to learn about superheroes. It is only fitting that they meet up with the Incredible Hulk.
Once they arrive, they meet Bill Bixby, one of the stars of "The Incredible Hulk" television show. Bill shows them around the set as he explains to Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely that television is just an illusion.
The Big ManYouTube
Before leaving the set, Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely get the privilege of watching "The Incredible Hulk" star Lou Ferrigno film a scene as the angry green superhero.
Outside Of MakeupYouTube
The following day Mr. Rogers returns to the set, this time to chat with Lou before he puts on his makeup and body paint. Mr. Rogers shows kids that the muscles on the actor are real, but turning him into the Incredible Hulk is an arduous process.
Lou begins his transformation with a rubber prosthetic forehead and nose that makes The Hulk look more caveman-like.
Isn't Easy Being GreenYouTube
Next the makeup artist applies the green coloring to Lou's entire body. The green makeup itself goes on shiny so a powder must be brushed over it to matte the coloring.
The hairstylist comes in last to glue on his green wig, the end of a two-hour process. Lou will keep the look for his entire 12-hour workday.
Rogers And Ferrigno TogetherReddit
It's surreal to see the diminutive Mr. Rogers standing side-by-side with the bulked-up Lou Ferrigno, but Lou is great about teaching kids just what goes into transforming into a TV character.
Always A LessonThe Geek Twins
As with any Mr. Rogers episode, the friendly neighbor wanted to teach his television audience that people don't need superpowers to be special. He said, "You yourself don't have to be any kind of super strong. Or super smart. Or super anything. No. [Be] just the way you are."