Ron Perlman is right to be upset. He was never in the running for the role of Hellboy in the reboot. The studio never really considered finishing off the Guillermo del Toro trilogy despite a strong fan appetite for it. Now, Perlman is taking to Instagram to troll the reboot.
Between Perlman and new Hellboy David Harbour, I’ll admit I prefer the latter. That’s not to say I’ll prefer his portrayal because based upon the trailer, it just doesn’t look that good. If anything, it seems to be a complete waste of Harbour’s talents and newly sculpted physique, but this is Hollywood. They’re famous for taking things with great potential and utterly ruining them.
The upcoming Hellboy reboot drew controversy and criticism early on when David Harbour was selected for the role. It wasn’t because Harbour was a bad choice, but fans of the original movie were just as disappointed as the actor of the titular character for not even being asked.
Ron Perlman, who brought the character to life n the 2004 film version, is now at peace over the snub, but he still doesn’t like to talk about it.
After years of hoping, fans are finally about to get a brand new Hellboy movie. Unfortunately, what many of those fans really wanted was a third installment of the franchise written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman in the title role. While any hopes that the trilogy might be completed have been dead for a while, it turns out Ron Perlman is still frustrated by the whole thing, mostly because he feels like he let down the fans. According to Perlman…
I felt like we owed the fans closure, and there were too many people moving in too many other directions and I just couldn’t pull it off. So if you ask me about it, it’s kind of still an open wound.
It’ll come down to the reviews for me. I hate that I need to rely on reviews to see what should be a no-brainer, but the trailer failed to inspire me. I do hope it’s good, though, if only to propel Harbour to greater things (as long as he keeps doing Stranger Things).