David Harbour’s ‘Hellboy’ Doesn’t Imitate Ron Perlman’s Big Red

Anytime a new actor takes over an iconic role, there’s discussion about the previous version and what the new performer will bring to the character. That’s happened in no small amount for the upcoming Hellboy reboot from Lionsgate, which will see Stranger Things star David Harbour as Big Red, a role Ron Perlman originally brought to life.

Just today, Empire Magazine released a brand-new image of Harbour as Hellboy from their April issue (which is available now), and a new quote from Harbour about not imitating Perlman’s performance.

“[Perlman] does something quite extraordinary in those films that is very specific to him, and I did not want to imitate that in any way. In our movie Hellboy’s younger. He’s rougher. He’s much more of a teenager. He’s really struggling with the idea of whether or not he’s a good person.

Hellboy is fundamentally a sweet-hearted guy but also a big old killer, just whacking people. We explore the horror of what it must be like to be from hell and to struggle to find your place among human beings.”

We’re pretty excited about the tease of iconic Hellboy things and folks from the trailer, including Nimue the Blood Queen.

David Harbour stars as Big Red, Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen,
Ian McShane as Trevor Brutteholm director of the agency and Hellboy’s adoptive father,
Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio BPRD fellow agent, Thomas Haden Church as Lobster Johnson, and Sarah Lane as Alice Monaghan, a woman who in the comics Hellboy rescued from fairies during her infancy. Neil Marshall is directing.

Hellboy hits theaters on April 12th, 2019.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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