Ron Perlman has opened up about being replaced in last year’s ill-fated Hellboy reboot, insisting he’d still love to return as the title character.
The actor only had good words to say about David Harbour, who took on the role, telling Comic Book that “he’s a really good guy and he’s really good actor” and that, when it came to the film, he “was hoping for the best for him”.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as Neil Marshall’s take on Hellboy was roundly panned by critics, while audiences stayed away too; it grossed a worldwide total of £40 million ($55 million) from a budget of £37 million ($50 million).
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The same couldn’t be said of Perlman’s incarnation of Hellboy, as his two films with writer and director Guillermo Del Toro were met with superb reviews, returned more money, and became cult classics.
The adulation for Perlman’s work as Hellboy means that there’s still an awful lot of movie fans who want to see his return as the character – and that includes Perlman.
“I did make it clear that if there was a chance to finish the trilogy with Guillermo, as we had done the first two films and in the image of what he had in mind in terms of closing all of the circles, that is something that I would, to this day, consider doing,” the actor said.
There’s still an outside chance that it could happen. Especially as, since Hellboy II: The Golden Army hit cinemas in 2008, Del Toro won an Academy Award for 2017’s The Shape Of Water.
The fact that Perlman is now 70 could be a sticking point.
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