Although many consider him to be synonymous with Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, actor Ron Perlman re-confirmed that he is at peace with future films featuring Big Red continuing without his involvement, despite recently stating the franchise was still an open wound.
In an interview with Aintitcool discussing his current film Asher, Perlman was asked about his feelings regarding Hellboy continuing without him and his frequent collaborator Guillermo del Toro.
“Well I’m pretty much at peace with what we were able to accomplish with two films and I’m also very much at peace with we put up as noble a fight as we could to complete the trilogy,” he said. “But it wasn’t to be. I have completely moved on and what happens in the future in regards to that title is really none of my business.”
Perlman portrayed the Dark Horse Comics character in 2004’s Hellboy and in its 2008 sequel, and he was a vocal advocate for completing the trilogy. When negotiations for the long-anticipated Hellboy 3 fell short, the film was scrapped and the decision was made to reboot the franchise. The actor has wished words of encouragement to Stranger Things' David Harbour, who will portray the character in the upcoming Neil Marshall film, but has at times been reluctant to discuss his feelings about the project any further than what has already been said.
Arriving April 12, 2019, Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.