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STEVE SMASH: Meet Hulk's Stunt Double

Long Islander Steve Romm - who also goes by the name Green Steve - served as one of the stunt doubles for Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in the movie version of The Avengers — a connection with the character that stems back to the CBS television series.
Says Newsday, "How he got the job sounds like a Marvel Comics origin story itself -- down to the secret identity, at least until after the movie was released. As a youngster, Romm idolized bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, who'd played the title character in the 1978-82 TV series The Incredible Hulk. 'My grandfather knew him when he and Lou were sheet-metal workers in Brooklyn,' Romm says. 'I grew up hearing all these stories about him.' It sparked his interest in bodybuilding and something else: 'It was always my dream to play the Hulk.'

"He got his wish after moving to Albuquerque, where his parents now live. An open call for Avengers extras led to a role as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. 'I did one day, and when we were done, they asked me if I could stay longer. One of the casting directors said, 'You're going to be painted green. You know what that means, right?'"

That translated to him spending about 30 days in body paint, with special cameras capturing his every movement so that, as he says, Mark Ruffalo's head could be placed on his body later.

Of the effects work he added, "When the Hulk's jumping from building to building, they had me jumping from particle board to particle board."

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