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Ron Perlman Says Hellboy Is 'Still An Open Wound'

Ron Perlman admits he's still a little sore about the upcoming Hellboy reboot, which stars David Harbour in the title role.

Perlman famously played the character in Guillermo del Toro's 2004 film Hellboy and its 2008 sequel, and continued to push as recently as last year for the planned trilogy to be completed. However, the franchise will be rebooted next year, with Neil Marshall directing a film that's expected to hew closer to Mike Mignola's comic book source material.

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Perlman said late last year that he doesn't want to talk about the new film, but he's now ready to set the record straight. Speaking with Collider Live, the actor said Hellboy remains a sensitive subject. "I felt like we owed the fans closure, and there were too many people moving in too many other directions and I just couldn't pull it off," he admitted, "so if you ask me about it, it's kind of still an open wound."

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Discussing the cliffhanger ending of Hellboy II: The Golden Army and the shocking revelation that Selma Blair's Liz Sherman was pregnant with twins, Perlman reaffirmed there was supposed to be a trilogy. With Perlman emphasizing how much he invested in playing Hellboy, he said his time "poking and prodding the bear" about Hellboy III left him feeling he'd fallen short when the reboot was announced.

When asked if the rug had been pulled from beneath him, Perlman replied, "I never thought it was going through, but I did know that Guillermo had an amazing idea of how to close the trilogy. It was theatrically so dynamic. If you were a fan of the first two Hellboys, not only were you going to have the top of your head blown off by how it resolved, but you were going to get the payoff in the investment because it was always designed to be a trilogy."

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The actor confirmed he's had no involvement in Marshall's movie, and also shot down the idea of being a consultant to Harbour. Perlman said the publicized dinner between the two stars was arranged by Patton Oswalt, and that Harbour hasn't phoned him for advice. That said, Perlman would "take the call" if the Stranger Things actor asked for his help.

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.

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