Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt organized a dinner for Ron Perlman and David Harbour, the past and future of the Hellboy franchise.
Millenium Films announced their plans and released promotional material for their R-Rated reboot of the series at Cannes Film Festival, but the direction change has been considered frustrating to some fans who have been eager to see Perlman reprise his role and complete the trilogy created and directed by Guillermo del Toro.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 6, 2017
Probably a publicity stunt, but I like to think it’s more just about talking the finer points of being slathered in red makeup over some nice wine.
David Harbour added after the event:
Patton brokered a peace; it was incredible. I had reached out to Ron because I’m a big fan of his. He’s a really sweet guy and we wanted to just talk shop, and I just thought Patton Oswalt would be the perfect chaperone in case Ron and I started to make out or we started dancing too close or if we started getting in a fistfight
Neil Marshall (Westworld, Game of Thrones, The Descent) will helm the good ship Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, while Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden pen the script.
Thanks to Screenrant.
Meanwhile, Harbour has been doing the rounds in interviews discussing the role he’s preparing to portray. In the interview, he addresses a projected September start to the filming process and also speaks to the similarities between his Stranger Things character, Chief Jim Hopper and the demonic investigator:
We’re supposed to go in September, I hope. It’s good. It’s a whole new thing. I’d always been a fan of the comics and there’s a darker tone to it and I think in the climate we have now there’s kind of a darker… a desire for more of that… the script is good and this guy Neil Marshall is directing who’s really good and the aesthetic is great.
It’s a character that I love, and sort of in the way, I think Mike [Mignola] and a bunch of other people saw me in Stranger Things and wanted me to play Hellboy and I think he has some parallels to him. I think he’s another complicated anti-hero who is not strictly good or bad, he’s just trying to do the right thing. I think he’s a demon, he’s crazy, and he’s also sweet and vulnerable and neurotic […] so there’s a lot of complexity there.
Harbour also spoke to Yahoo about his role:
[Hellboy] is very rich. I think the films did a certain thing, the comics do a certain thing. Hellboy is kind of a neurotic, messed-up individual who’s destined for a horrible fate. He’s destined to become the beast of the apocalypse. Whenever he shows up and does the right thing, people throw beers at him and show up with pitchforks and he still manages to do the right thing. I think it’s funny and it’s sweet and it’s weird, and hopefully I can bring that to it as well.
David Harbour also reminisced that Hellboy wasn’t the only time that he auditioned for a part in a superhero film. 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine were casting for the part of The Blob and his friend suggested that he try out.
I just made a stupid joke and then they called me and the director, we met at like a hotel, and he was like, ‘David, look, you’re wonderful, we really think you’re just a great actor, we’re just concerned… we’re really concerned.’ I was like, ‘Why, what’s your concern? I’m good to go. I’m available, let’s do this!’ And they were like, ‘no, it’s just, you lifted up your shirt and we saw the… we’re just a little worried about your health.’ … I was like, ‘Wait a minute, dude … ‘You are telling me I’m too fat to play The Blob? That’s awesome, I have to get the f— back to New York.’ That’s my audition — so I didn’t get The Blob.
The Blob part would eventually be given to Kevin Durand.
Harbour also released this Instagram shot of himself test fitting the Hand of Doom. Not much to see yet, unless the aesthetic for the film will be mushed Smurf.
Jokes aside, I’m genuinely curious as to how this movie will step away from the shadow of Del Toro and the WETA designs that made the original films so iconic.
Thanks to Screenrant.