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– by David Kozlowski

Hellboy fans have plenty of reasons for excitement, the R-rated reboot has a solid director, a great cast, and we’re just a year out from its release. Well, now we can add some more cool news to the pile, which was oddly buried in a wide-ranging interview with David Harbour (Stranger Things).

Harbour spoke with Variety regarding his recent roles and awards, including his hopes for the third season of Stranger Things. During this interview the topic of Hellboy came up, and Harbour dropped a little knowledge that somehow hasn’t hit the Internet (as far as I can tell).

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We learned late last summer that Hellboy was slated to begin filming in October, primarily in Bulgaria — a region known for its old-world architecture and probably a few ghosts and demons lurking in the shadows too. During the interview, Harbour let this comment slip:

“It was hard, I’m 40 years old, and I’m running around punching giants.”

Harbour also intimated that production recently wrapped on Hellboy, which was most certainly the first we’d heard of this. Consequently, director Neil Marshall has an entire year for post-production (editing, special effects, CG, music, etc.) A relatively short shoot and a lengthy post-production cycle isn’t unusual, particularly for an action-heavy horror film. One presumes that dialog won’t be Hellboy‘s long suit (if you’ll allow me the anachronistic phrase).

In an amusing note toward the end of the interview, Harbour is asked about getting in shape for Hellboy, but then having to pivot back to Chief Hopper’s “dad bod”:

“I’ve already started the donut training. Six donuts a day! We’ll get there, folks.”

Ah, the life of a Hollywood actor, one day you’re painted red and flexing in a Bulgarian gothic church, the next you’re gorging on pastries and beer half a world away. That said, it’s no joke getting into shape after 40 — that Hellboy sequel is gonna hurt, bro!

Are you surprised that Hellboy has already finished principal photography? Let us know in the comments down below!

Hellboy hits theaters on January 11, 2019.

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SOURCE: Variety

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.