So here’s a weird one, after all he rallying of the fans with Twitter posts and positive talk at places like Comic-Con, Ron Perlman has revealed that he doesn’t actually want to make Hellboy 3. He feels he has to make it in order to complete the story.
While at the Television Critics Association over the weekend, Perlman was on hand to promote his new series Hand of God. Naturally, he was asked about Hellboy 3:
“Let me make the record clear,” Perlman said. “I don’t want to do Hellboy 3. It’s a pain in the ass to put that makeup on and take it off. But I feel we’re obligated to finish the story. That’s it. End of conversation.”
Clearly frustrated it has taken so long to find a studio that will actually fund the third Hellboy film, Perlman continued, this time sounding a little angry:
“I got no problems with forcing the conversation, as you can tell,” Perlman said. “We’re in the business of moving mountains. Those of us who are used to working in mainstream film and television. Don’t come to me with details and problems. Just tell me how we move the mountain.”
There is also the issue of Perlman’s age, and bring in his 60’s, he may not be able to do the stunts required for the role anymore. Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro recently told Yahoo:
“We better do it quick. Ron is no spring chicken, and soon enough he’s going to be Hellboy in a Barcalounger, changing channels, ordering from shopping networks.”
However, this seemed like an odd thing to say considering del Toro has all but given up on the idea, due to studios not wanting to fund the film (madness!) Perlman also discussed his age, saying it was not an issue:
“Because del Toro says: Put the makeup on, you can shoot me in a wheelchair and I’ll still be Hellboy,” Perlman said. “I guess the only cutoff point is when they actually close the box. If you don’t see me get up and go, ‘Hang on, I was kidding,’ then I’m still ready.”
So on the evidence of this, Perlman just wants to get the third Hellboy film done, and it is clear from his comments that he is frustrated that he can’t finish the trilogy and move on.
We all feel his pain, as we all want to see the third film too.
Hellboy was made on a budget of $66 million, and grossed just shy of $100 million worldwide. Not a huge profit, but a profit all the same. Hellboy II was budgeted at a slightly larger $85 million, but increased profits by taking $160 million worldwide, a big improvement on the first film. So why then will no studio give del Toro what he needs, $120 million?
Del Toro said at Comic-Con recently that the third film is unlikely to happen:
“The hard fact is that the movie’s going to need about $120 million and there’s nobody knocking down our doors to give it to us,” del Toro said at Comic-Con. “It’s a little beyond Kickstarter,” he laughed.
“It would be great to complete the trilogy,” he said, “But in a way I don’t see the world—the industry—supporting that idea.”