Recently, it was announced that Mike Mignola would be working on rebooting the Hellboy franchise with “Stranger Things” star David Harbour taking on the title role. For many, this was an amazing turn of events as it meant we would be able to see more of this character and the adventures of the B.P.R.D. For others, however, it was a tragic announcement that hammered the final nail into the coffin of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy 3, confirming that the conclusion to his planned trilogy would never see the light of day, at least in the form of a feature film.
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During a panel at this weekend’s Motor City Comic Con, Perlman spoke briefly about Hellboy 3 and what fans could’ve expected, saying, “The third one was meant to be epic and conclusive and a resolve for all these, almost, Greek oracle promises of the destiny of Hellboy. It would’ve made for a really good movie, I think.”
Speaking about the upcoming adaptation, Perlman simply says, “David Harbour is a good dude. I wish him nothing but the best when it comes to the retooling of HB.”
Also during the panel, Perlman confirmed that he does not reprise his role as Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim 2.
Speaking briefly about his role in The City of Lost Children, one of my personal favorite films of all time, Perlman told the follwing anecdote: “The hardest thing about the movie is I’m supposed to get bitten by this thing and become monstrous. I take this little girl and become an ogre and slap this little girl. The director insisted I slap her so that she’d really cry. It took me 22 takes, because I kept pulling my punches. But right before the last take, I went to [director] Jean-Pierre [Jeunet] and slapped him to see if that’s what he wanted. He had tears in his eyes and said, “Yes!””