Ron Perlman has hope left in turning his Hellboy movies into a trilogy after all these years and a bomb of a reboot.
Hellboy star Ron Perlman hasn’t put on the red prosthetic make-up or swung the Right Hand of Doom since 2008 but he hasn’t moved on in his heart either. If it can fit into everyone’s schedule, he still wants to complete the trilogy fans and director Guillermo del Toro pulled for.
Perlman spoke with ComicBook.com recently about the possibility of re-upping with del Toro and collaborating on the overdue sequel. It’s getting slimmer all the time but his desire is still there. “There’s always a little ember, that lives deep within me,” he told them.
Perlman added that maybe one day Guillermo del Toro would wake up and say “‘You know what? F-ck, we need to finish this trilogy’.” He reflected on how they were “one film away” and how unrealistic it appears now to reach that point again.
The big hurdle is del Toro’s increasingly busy schedule – something that Perlman feels makes the chances of a Hellboy sequel less realistic. However, the actor then reiterated his point about the hope he lives with, adding:
“It doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to happen, but that doesn’t prevent me from living in hope.”
Instead of waiting for the duo behind the first Hellboy movie and its sequel The Golden Army, Lionsgate recruited The Descent helmer Neil Marshall and went ahead with last year’s reboot starring David Harbour. It turned into one of the biggest flops of 2019 and was received poorly by fans.
Harbour was bummed by the reception and kind of blamed Marvel. In interviews a year ago, just after the reboot’s dismal theatrical run, he took aim at critics and Rotten Tomatoes for being “wildly irresponsible” and not taking a serious “responsibility to the art form” of filmmaking.
As for Perlman and if he’s seen Harbour’s version, the Blade II star had this to say to CB.com:
“I did not. I spent enough time immersing myself in the world of Hellboy that it was something I had no curiosity for.”
Offered to reprise the role, Perlman turned it down for a pretty obvious reason (hat-tip to ComicBookMovie):
“The reboot was something I had the opportunity to participate in and decided that the only version of Hellboy I’m interested in is the one I do with Guillermo and so in walking away from it, I truly walked away from it, and haven’t seen it or heard much about it.”
Ron Perlman’s most recent film Run with the Hunted is available now. All three Hellboy films are out there too.
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