Hellboy: Mario de La Rosa on Being Esteban Ruiz and Camazotz [Exclusive Interview]

Camazotz, the death bat, is a fearsome Mayan god of death, night and sacrifice.

Alas, it was no match to Hellboy.

Hellboy is the reboot of films based off the hit comic book series by Mike Mignola published by Dark House. The on-screen adaptation is by Andrew Cosby (Eureka) and directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones).

The film follows the legendary superhero, half-demon, to face a giant destruction in the English countryside. The Queen of Blood, Nimue, is seeking revenge for the betrayal to her and ending the world as we know it.

The film stars David Harbor (Stranger Things) as Hellboy, along with Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), Ian McShane (Deadwood), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-O) and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways).

Hellboy is currently available as digital download today. It is available as Ultra HD 4K Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on July 23 from Lionsgate.

The 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo packs will include deleted scenes, previews and a 3-part documentary series called “Tales of the Wild Hunt: Hellboy Reborn.” The DVD’s special content will only include deleted scenes and previews.

LRM Online had the exclusive opportunity to speak with Mario de La Rosa who played Estaban Ruiz, who later becomes Camazotz. He is best known in the Neflix’s series Money Heist. Additionally, he will have a small role in the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate, the third official installment of James Cameron’s Terminator series.

Read our exclusive interview below.

LRM: I’m excited to discuss Hellboy. How did you get involved?

Mario de La Rosa: The opportunity came to due to casting for this character. It’s easy to understand that since this part of the film was made in Europe, in Bulgaria. Then casting opportunities opened for the Latin characters in Madrid and London. I had a chance to try and I got it!

LRM: That is great! How was the experience?

Mario de La Rosa: The experience was wonderful. Before wanting to be a actor, I was a consumer of this type of comic and this type of cinegraphic sagas. To receive a proposal like Hellboy was something I would have never imagined or thought could happen. It came with big expectations and responsibility. The experience exceeded all expectations. During filming and in preparation of the character, it was enriching and I am very happy with the results and grateful.

LRM: What was the experience working with the director Neil Marshall?

Mario de La Rosa: It was a really good experience. Someone whom you have admiration for from previous work. Everything flowed very naturally. I did some important work before arriving. Once I received the script, I did research of the character. I looked at the comics. I did the bodywork on how to interpret and movie like a luchador. The it was how to transition him to a vampire then to a monster. All the work I did on my own with my coaches in Madrid, so I displayed to Neil Marshall. He accepted it and barely did any touch ups. The trust in a proposal like this was a really good personal feeling.

LRM: That’s great!

Mario de La Rosa: It really was.

LRM: Speaking of the transformations, one of the essential part of this film were the costumes and the makeup. What was your experience like?

Mario del La Rosa: Well, maybe I was fortunate of not having several hours of makeup. The results can look marvelous, but the actor suffer with all the hours of makeup. It can be the downside for an actor. My character wore a mask at the beginning. I also wore some prosthetics in my hands, teeth and eyes. Then once my character starts to develop and convert to a vampire and monster–it is devitalized. I didn’t suffer or in quotes ‘suffered’ the process of a lot of makeup. It is also satisfying that although the character was devitalized the character is always me. Everything this monster represents, I personally did on that ring on the set. I am happy with the result. Although this is stuff the public doesn’t see directly, I see the giant monster I recognize myself making those movement. It was a very good experience.

LRM: Do you think your success today has something to do with your participation in Casa de Papel? Some know this as Money Heist from Netflix.

Mario de La Rosa: Yes, of course! In a way this international popularity that the series has had has came with some recognition. Last fall, while filming for the new Terminator: Dark Fate by James Cameron part of the technical team recognized me from Money Heist. It has generated result with noticeable recognition.

LRM: Well, congratulations with the success with Money Heist. Anything you can tell us about the third season coming out soon?

Mario de La Rosa: Well, for season three, as you know, we have the confidentiality to keep. Somethings that can be said now that it is just about to air is that is continues to keep its essence. You should never forget where you come from. This is what the producers have maintained from the first and second seasons. It had taken it to another level and and has improved. There continues to be lots of action, excitement, lots of intimate moments. Scenes that facilitate for viewers to empathize with the characters. There are huge moments of action. Some everyday ethics that transient that are interesting. I’ve had the opportunity to see some of the episodes that will be air July 19th and this third season will transmit plenty of excitement.

LRM: Going back to you mentioning filming Terminator: Dark Fate. How was your experience to be a part of this franchise?

Mario de La Rosa: The experience was very much at a magnitude of Hellboy. I feel like my character has a smaller value in the sense that the role is much smaller. It was a great experience and it was a huge production. We are talking about James Cameron behind this, who has publicly recognized that this is the third film of the saga although there were the past films. Being part of the film with the original cast is an honor, although I didn’t get to share scenes with Arnold Schwarzenegger or Linda Hamilton. It’s just knowing you’re in the same project that they are in. Seeing this magnitude of production, these sets and the equipment used for filming, photography, the stunts. It gave the feel of a challenge and illusion at the same time. Everything was a challenge with high expectations. The magnitude of having a bigger presence in Hellboy then in Terminator: Dark Fate having lived the experience and developing the work it has been equitable.

LRM: Wow. Well, congratulations on all your project and the once to come. Anything else you can share?

Mario de La Rosa: This question comes often and is upsetting to not be able to say anything about some interesting stuff. But you know they don’t allow us to say. Sometimes it’s not good to say as it can be suspended or cancelled for whatever reason and doesn’t happen. There are some projects for film, television and theater for the next course. Can’t really share. Although I’d love to discuss them. But the time will come.

LRM: Completely understandable. Thank you for your time.

Mario de La Rosa: Thank you for your questions, Nancy. It was a pleasure.

Hellboy is currently available as digital download today. It is available as Ultra HD 4K Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on July 23 from Lionsgate.


Source: LRM Online Exclusive

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