Following Hellboy‘s disastrous release last March, insiders came out of the woodwork to describe a troubled production that some might describe as truly hellish. There were reports of power struggles between director Neil Marshall and producers, near-constant script updates, and an uncooperative cast. Star David Harbour was accused of refusing Marshall’s requests for additional takes.
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And while his reps denied that Harbour was difficult, the actor himself only recently spoke candidly about Hellboy and what went wrong. Here’s what he told our friends at Digital Spy:
“We did our best, but there’s so many voices that go into these things and they’re not always going to work out. I did what I could do and I feel proud of what I did, but ultimately I’m not in control of a lot of those things.”
Harbour also has a theory regarding why Hellboy was so viciously maligned:
“The problem that I have with comic book movies nowadays is that I think, and it’s a result of the power of Marvel stuff, it’s like chocolate, it’s a flavour. So everybody goes chocolate is delicious and these guys make the best chocolate. So as you judge the movies, it’s like, ‘Well it’s not as chocolatey as this, this does not taste like chocolate at all.’ And I sort of want a world where there’s more flavours than just comparisons to chocolate. So in that way when Hellboy is viewed on the chocolate spectrum, it does very poorly. That being said, it also has major problems. I think as a rental or as a movie that you see on an airplane, I think you’d be like, ‘Oh that was fun’ because it’s a fun movie, and I think it was unfairly bludgeoned as a result of these comparisons.”
Are we still talking about Hellboy? And why am I suddenly craving a Hershey Bar?
If you missed Hellboy when it was in theaters, you’ll be able to pick up the movie on DVD and/or Blu-ray sometime in July (exact release date was not available at the time of posting). Give the synopsis and trailer a spin below.
Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.