A lot o f people were bummed to hear that Ron Perlman wouldn’t be coming back for another turn as Hellboy, but we just got our first look at ‘Stranger Things’ actor David Harbour in the make up and… wow. One thing that comes across in the new look is an immediately grittier feel to the Guillermo Del Toro films.
Here’s what Harbour has to say about his take on the character and how it might different from other iterations that have come before it:
“There are things that I’m gonna do that are different. Hellboy is the same character from the comics and from what Ron did, there are certain things that are the same thing, but I do think that—I don’t know, there’s a different approach because I sort of highlight different things, I think, than Ron does. Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, and I really like it and it’s super fun and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion, has to roar, and I think he struggles with his own masculinity. But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.”
Hellboy stars: David Harbour as Big Red, Mila Jovovich as the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Professor Broom, and the recently recast Daniel Dae Kim as Major Ben Daimio.