If there is one man who seems like he was born to play a character, one could argue that Ron Perlman is that man, and Hellboy was that character. Even without the makeup, the dude embodied everything lovable about Big Red, but of course, we know this story doesn’t necessarily have a happy ending. In spite of this, his films didn’t exactly make bank at the box office, leading to the studio deciding against a Hellboy III.
However, the franchise is still kicking, with Stranger Things‘ David Harbour filling in for Perlman as the titular character. By all accounts, the film looks pretty solid, but what about old Perly himself? Obviously, he will not be involved in the franchise going forward, but is there a possibility for him to jump on the superhero bandwagon in another franchise?
ComicBook.com asked that very question, and here’s what Perlman had to say.
“Well, I’m not much of a comic book dude, so I don’t know who’s really out there. I didn’t find Hellboy, Guillermo [del Toro] found Hellboy and Guillermo just introduced Hellboy to me and infused me with his boyish fanboy obsession with the character. That’s what got me through that one. No, there’s no comic book character that I have identified that I’m dying to play. Plus, I don’t know if, at 68, I should even be educating the notion of superheroes anymore.”
So if you were hoping to see him take on another caped hero, don’t hold your breath, but if you wanted to see more of him in a superhero film in general, you may eventually get that chance. After all, Robert Redford wasn’t exactly spritely when he was in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he played a fairly sizable role. Jumping off buildings and throwing punches aren’t everything in these films, and even if Perlman can’t be one of those guys, who’s to say he can’t be an older super or puppet-master villain?
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