RUN WITH THE HUNTED Star Ron Perlman Reveals Why He Said No To Returning As HELLBOY In The Reboot - EXCLUSIVE

RUN WITH THE HUNTED Star Ron Perlman Reveals Why He Said No To Returning As HELLBOY In The Reboot - EXCLUSIVE

Talking to us to promote his new movie Run With The Hunted, the legendary Ron Perlman revealed that he was contacted to reprise the role of Hellboy in the reboot, and explains why he ultimately said no...

By JoshWilding - Jun 24, 2020 12:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Hellboy 3

Run With The Hunted is set to be released On Demand on Friday, June 26, and revolves around Oscar, a young boy who commits a noble murder and is forced to run away from his rural hometown, leaving behind his best friend, Loux. 15 years later, he has forgotten his past and become the leader of a band of lost children, and Loux takes it upon herself to find the boy who saved her life.

It's a terrific film, and well worth checking out this weekend (you can watch the trailer below). While we had star Ron Perlman on the phone to discuss his role as Birdie, we obviously had to ask about Hellboy 3, and quizzed the actor on whether he thinks the way last year's reboot bombed has closed the door on him and Guillermo del Toro ever returning for that unmade third instalment. 

David Harbour took on the title role in Hellboy, but Perlman told us that he was actually offered the chance to return as Big Red, but declined because Del Toro wasn't going to be behind the camera!

"The only thing that's stopping the third Hellboy film is the fact that Guillermo [del Toro] is one of the busiest guys in the business," the actor told us. "He couldn't do it with all the stuff he's got lined up even if wanted to. The two films had nothing to do with one another."

"The reboot was something I had the opportunity to participate in and decided that the only version of Hellboy I'm interested in is the one I do with Guillermo and so in walking away from it, I truly walked away from it, and haven't seen it or heard much about it," Perlman added. "I wished them well, but it was not in my bailiwick."

We don't know when exactly Perlman was offered the chance to return, but it's definitely interesting that the studio initially wanted him back as Hellboy, and that certainly would have led to there being a lot more goodwill around Neil Marshall's reboot.

Unfortunately, it sounds like the door is closed (perhaps slightly ajar) on Hellboy 3 for now, but stranger things have happened...

Run With The Hunted is available On Demand on Friday, June 26, 2020.

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dracula - 6/24/2020, 1:02 PM
@TheDoctor1225 - should also check out the two animated movies that were made, both reunites the whole cast of the films

dracula - 6/24/2020, 12:59 PM
Was it really something he had to be asked about, just look at the crap that came out.
Reeds2Much - 6/24/2020, 1:00 PM
"I read the script."
dracula - 6/24/2020, 1:04 PM
@Reeds2Much - all the explanation needed. seriously if you want to reboot Hellboy, get someone like Fede Alvarez or Sam Raimi
WakandanQueen - 6/24/2020, 1:03 PM
dracula - 6/24/2020, 1:05 PM
@WakandanQueen - If there are longer versions of his movies. then hell yeah I could get behind that. Considering unlike Snyder Del Toro has a good track record
Cbmfilmjunkie - 6/24/2020, 1:07 PM
Del Toro is the “busiest” director I can think of that doesn’t have the work to back it up.
oldmanglitch - 6/24/2020, 5:57 PM
@CBMFilmJunkie - Yeah because all of his movies get cancelled
Blergh - 6/24/2020, 1:08 PM
Good on him for walking away.
The reboot would always have been a poorly concieved plan. Rebooting an open ended saga wich has it's fans still clamour for closure is easily the worst plan out there.

Who will watch Hellboy? Hellboy fans. What do Hellboy fans want? Not a reboot, I'll tell you that.

Had the movie been a spiritual conclusion to the saga while also working as it's own thing (taking place after Hellboy 2 but still setting up a new franchise with new introductions) it could have worked
Ha1frican - 6/24/2020, 1:10 PM
While I don’t think the reboot is as bad as it’s made out to be I much rather would have waited for GDT to be able to do it eventually in the future
RolandD - 6/24/2020, 1:20 PM
@Ha1frican - I’m still waiting for Haunted Mansion that he announced in 2012.👻
manofillintent1 - 6/24/2020, 1:26 PM
Feels like GDT is busy getting attached to stuff he eventually ends up not making
dracula - 6/24/2020, 1:44 PM
@manofillintent1 - Well really it takes a long time, but he usually gets his original projects made.
To bad he didnt get to do The Hobbit(considering peter jackson wasnt given time to alter enough to fit his style), hellboy 3 and Justice league dark
dracula - 6/24/2020, 1:41 PM
@Godzillakartt - plus the make up they used in the reboot looked like crap. so cheap
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/24/2020, 1:57 PM
Good thing. It would have ruined his legacy.
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 6/24/2020, 2:36 PM
Chewtoy - 6/24/2020, 3:00 PM
Honestly, I enjoyed the new Hellboy for what it was... a far less artistic and very pulpy version of the property. Still, I found it watchable when I checked it out on cable, and I’d watch another one.

I’m glad that Perlman passed, as I’d rather keep the GDT version whole as its own thing though, and keep the dream that somehow they might return to finish it. (Surely Netflix could pony up some cash for a miniseries?)
Tufasrox - 6/25/2020, 8:46 AM
I thought he went around saying that he was upset they didn't ask him?? Perhaps I dreamed that..just like I dreamed there was a third movie with GDT...
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