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Lou Ferrigno talks ‘GoT’ parody and ‘The King of Queens’

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Actor and fitness trainer Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk") stars in "Purge of Kingdoms: The Unauthorized Game of Thrones Parody." The movie, playing now in select theaters and also available on demand, was directed by Ara Paiaya, and co-stars Anna Hutchison, Angus MacFadyen, Madison McKinley, Adam Bond, and Armando Gutierrez. Actor and fitness trainer Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk") stars in "Purge of Kingdoms: The Unauthorized Game of Thrones Parody." The movie, playing now in select theaters and also available on demand, was directed by Ara Paiaya, and co-stars Anna Hutchison, Angus MacFadyen, Madison McKinley, Adam Bond, and Armando Gutierrez. (photo courtesy of the artist)

He says his passion is still fitness, and he keeps up a training regimen to prove it, but Lou Ferrigno says he still loves to act – especially when he has a chance to flex his comedy muscles.

“The Incredible Hulk” and “The King of Queens” star’s latest movie is a spoof of HBO’s recently concluded “Game of Thrones” series titled “Purge of Kingdoms: The Unauthorized ‘Game of Thrones’ Parody,” directed by Ara Paiaya (“The Suppressor”).

Ferrigno says he admired “Game of Thrones” for its high level of writing and acting but admits that he had only seen portions of the series before signing on to play the character of Deaddard Stork (an homage to GOT’s Eddard Stark) in “Purge of Kingdoms.”

“Since “Game of Thrones” has been such a popular series, they wanted to do a spoof on it,” Ferrigno told me during a phone interview. “I said, ‘Sure, why not?’ because I really enjoy doing comedy. We spent a month in England doing this project and it was a lot of fun.”

Ferrigno’s costars in “Purge of Kingdoms” include Angus Macfadyen as King Bartho, Armando Gutierrez as John Doe, Anna Hutchison as Cursey and Madison McKinley as Denise, Mother of Dragons.

The film’s premise revolves around nobles from the Eight Kingdoms as they gather for a sort of convention called “PurgeFest 3000,” designed to put an end to the violence among them. If fart jokes still do it for you, you’ll find a lot to like in “Purge of Kingdoms.” Ferrigno says he and the cast had a ball making the film and that he especially enjoyed portraying a character so far removed from his actual self.

“I played a version of myself on seven seasons of ‘The King of Queens’ but this movie gave me a chance to show another side of me playing a different character.”

Ferrigno says years on the set of “The King of Queens” not only brought him back to series television for the first time in years, it gave him an opportunity to learn from comic actors that he considers iconic, including Kevin James and Jerry Stiller.

“I was very honored to work with them and learn from them,” Ferrigno said. “I had never filmed in front of a live audience and I was amazed at how well I was received. I continue to be amazed at how much people love that show around the world. I was recently in Germany, where it’s still one of the most popular shows on TV.”

A lifelong supporter of law enforcement personnel (his father was a police lieutenant), Ferrigno has been an officially certified sheriff’s deputy for more than 15 years.

“I went through the academy because I wanted to be certified officially, not just an honorary deputy,” Ferrigno said. “As of now, I’ve been deputized in 22 states across the country. I travel to different police departments to show my support for law enforcement and to meet the officers.”

I asked Ferrigno if the bad guys do the smart thing and surrender when they see him coming. “They don’t have a choice,” he said before shifting to a more serious tone. “I take this very seriously. Police officers have no idea what they are going to encounter on a given day. They are always in danger. I deal with gangs, I deal with homeland security, and I do a lot of search and rescue. It’s tough. Every time an officer is on duty, their life is on the line. You have to be very smart in how you conduct yourself because you never know who you’ll be dealing with.”

Ferrigno, 67, says he is planning to live a long life and is devoted to maintaining peak physical condition to help make that happen.

“I’m passionate about eating well, training well and sleeping well,” he said. “I train every day for 90 minutes with cardio and weight training. I don’t overindulge and I always get the right amount of sleep. I want to live for a long time so it’s important for me to maintain my condition.”

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