When you think of ‘Hellboy‘ and everything he is going through the idea of him being a “classically complicated hero” might not be your first thought but David Harbour (‘Stranger Things’) hits it right on the nail when he describes him that way. The actor is gearing up for his role as the Right Hand of Doom and has a handle on what it means to play him.
According to Harbour:
“It’s a classically complicated hero. He’s a creature that was meant to bring about the end of the world, and he just sort of wants to be a good guy. He’s got that complexity to him. He’s also a monster who lives among human beings, so he’s in a sense fighting for human beings against his fellow monsters, and yet the humans hate him because they fear him and they think he’s weird looking and everything.”
This pretty much is a perfect description of ‘Hellboy’ when we first meet the character before he gets to the point that he’s had enough and just wants to be left alone.
As to how Hellboy compares to his role as Sheriff Jim Hopper on ‘Stranger Things,’ the actor states:
“Yeah, he’s terrifying! There’s that question of, why am I fighting this battle? Just because of some sense of justice, or some sense of good? It’s a really interesting question that sort of is at the core of him, that he struggles with . . . I know that [writer] [Mike] Mignola and [director] Neil [Marshall] and [producer] Lloyd [Levin] all watched Stranger Things and saw that in what I did there, which is similar. He has a heart that’s really good and with a lot of this crusted-over stuff. What I’m dealing with in Hellboy is a lot different, bigger in a certain way. It’s very Shakespearean. It’s demons and witches and stuff like that. But it has a similar core to a dude who’s trapped in horrible circumstances who’s just trying to be a good guy.”
While fans of Guillermo del Toro’s films wanted a trilogy, this could be shaping up to be the start of a trilogy that can get completed and potentially launch a franchise as well.
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‘Hellboy’ will be battling his way onto the big screen on January 11th, 2019!
Source: Heroic Hollywood