As the TV series, The Incredible Hulk, the adventures of yet another of the endless throng of super heroes that have emerged from Marvel Comics, ran from 1978 to 1982. The Hulk thunders onto the big screen under the direction of the masterful Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and stars Australian actor, Eric Bana, in the lead role - or, more correctly, roles.
Bana plays scientist, Bruce Banner (Bana as Banner?) who, during a catastrophic experiment, is transformed - Jekyll & Hyde-like - so that the demon within him is released in a most graphic and spectacular manner. After the accident, whenever he becomes angry, Banner turns into the monstrous green creature soon to be known as the Hulk. However, the same experiment has also transformed three escaped convicts into similar awesome mutants that only Banner as the Hulk can stop.
In the original television series it was necessary to use two actors to play the Banner/Hulk roles - Bill Bixby as the sensitive, compassionate scientist, and former Mr World and Mr Universe, Lou Ferrigno as the bulky Hulk. With the extraordinary advances of eye-popping special effects technology, Eric Bana is able to play both parts. (Ferrigno also appears in a small role as a Head of Security.)