We already knew that a witch was the central villain to ‘Hellboy’ in the new take on the film but now have learned that he’ll also be fighting “giants and demons”! David Harbour (‘Stranger Things’) entertainingly complains about his age while playing the lead in the film but in doing so shares a few tidbits on the film. Specifically, what he’ll be fighting and what he looks forward to adding to the series which wasn’t explored in Guillermo del Toro’s movies.
Harbour didn’t give out specifics on the plot details:
“It was the hardest shoot I’ve ever done, primarily because there are just so many stunts in it. It’s a very action-packed movie. There’s a lot of story, too, and a lot of big scenes, but there’s a lot of action. There’s a lot of me running around, jumping and turning, and punching stuff. It’s crazy! I’m 42, and the fact that no one asked me to do this in my 20s is so insulting. Why did I have to become a super-monster in my 40s?! My bones are not the same as they used to be. It was very hard, in that way, but it’s also really thrilling ‘cause I get to carve out an entirely new mythos to this guy, and I get to play on this big palette of witches and giants and demons.”
More monsters are always fun to include, and demons could be showing a hint that Hellboy could end up in Hell before the new series is all said and done.
“To me, it’s very Shakespearean. I grew up doing regional Shakespeare, and when Hamlet sees the ghost of his father, there’s something about that that you don’t really do in film anymore. We rarely see an indie film where you have an emotional pathos where somebody sees a ghost. This is a palette where you can have demons and ghosts and big creatures and things that are epic, in that way.”
What Harbour is really interested in is Hellboy not knowing his place in the world:
“He’s a half-demon/half-man who’s lost in this world where he fights for human beings against monsters, so to speak, and yet he is part monster. There’s a very interesting thematic kernel about a guy who’s lost and who doesn’t understand who he is, and he’s really struggling with that. That’s something that we play out in the movie, and that’s really exciting to me to play. You can have all the humor and all the action, and then you get to play this very deep, personal truth of feeling like you’re an outcast, or like you’re making the wrong decisions with your life and you’d like to turn that around.”
While it is unlikely to happen in this set of films, what happens to the monster protecting humanity from the things that go bump in the night when you’re the only monster left? It doesn’t seem like that will be the focus of this film, but it could give us a look at humanity fearing Hellboy from how different he is.
Are you looking forward to seeing David Harbour introduce us to a new take on ‘Hellboy’ for the big screen? What is working for or against the movie from these early reports? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Comic Book