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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There’s a new Hellboy in town, and he’s played by Stranger Things‘ David Harbour.

Yes, Hellboy is being rebooted, and while Ron Pearlman is upset he won’t be making Hellboy III with Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones, who played Abe Sapien in the first two Hellboy films, is willing to offer advice to whoever will fill his flippers.

Screen Rant interviewed Jones to celebrate the home release of his latest film, The Shape of Water, where he also has gills, and Jones revealed that Abe Sapien may not even appear in this first Hellboy reboot:

“I’m told that Abe Sapien doesn’t really show up in this first reboot movie, so for a minute here I’m kind of – I’m OK with the fact that I don’t have to watch somebody else do that role just yet. I’d love to see the first and how they set up now with David Harbour, who is a brilliant actor and sweetheart of a guy. We met at Comic-Con last year and we hugged it out – really nice to make that Hellboy connection with him.”

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Indeed, so far Abe Sapien has not been cast for the reboot from director Niel Marshall. But, that didn’t keep Jones from offering advice to the next actor who will eventually play him:

“If and when Abe Sapien does enter the storyline in subsequent movies, I honestly would not have any advice for anyone besides have patience with the make-up, but otherwise make the character your own. And, also, anytime you take on a comic book character you must know your source material. The fans depend on it, the fans will want to ask you about it. It’s an injustice to the fans of the source material if you don’t know it going in. And it will help inspire you performance on film if you know the comic books that you’re coming from.”

Know the source material. That’s some great advice. Can someone share it with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment?

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.