Neil Marshall’s upcoming reboot of the ‘Hellboy‘ franchise is trying to stay true to tone for the original comics but also be different from what Guillermo del Toro has given us. Not only that, but the upcoming star David Harbour made it clear that he “did not want to imitate” original actor Ron Perlman for the film. One might argue that this is Harbour and Marshall trying to make the movie their own, however, there is some sound logic on why the actor wanted to do things slightly differently.
According to Harbour:
“[Perlman] does something quite extraordinary in those films that is very specific to him, and I did not want to imitate that in any way. In our movie Hellboy’s younger. He’s rougher. He’s much more of a teenager. He’s really struggling with the idea of whether or not he’s a good person.”
This isn’t the Hellboy who has been fighting for the B.P.R.D. against evil for years and is already grown cynical as he has aged but one that is questioning if he is even a hero at all. He hasn’t found his place in the world which leads you to believe that this will also be a movie of self-discovery. This tracks with what character creator Mike Mignola having said in a previous interview that, “[With Harbour’s Hellboy] there’s a little bit more angsty, find-your-place-in-the-world, a frustration with his role.”
We’ve also got a great new shot of the character right here:
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‘Hellboy’ will rise into your local theater on April 12th, 2019! It stars David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church.
Source: Empire Online