‘Hellboy’: David Harbour Compares Reboot To Guillermo Del Toro Adaptation

Actor David Harbour explains that the new take on Hellboy is more complex version of the character than the one seen in Guillermo Del Toro's movies.


David Harbour explains how his version of Hellboy is different from the version we last saw in Guillermo Del Toro’s two Hellboy movies, specifically mentioning that this iteration of the title character has some similarities to his Stranger Things character Jim Hopper.

Harbour recently had a discussion with The Independent, touching upon his starring role in the Hellboy movie. Harbour noted that fans should expect a different take on the superhero than the version that Ron Perlman played:

“The interesting thing about Hellboy is the character shares that same complicated centre as Hopper. Hellboy’s not a clear hero. The Guillermo Del Toro movies were so fantastic in their own way, but we wanted to do a different version where he goes through a lot more struggle, a lot more angst. That’s the complexity I bring to it. In a sense, there are many similarities. It has the same complicated sensibility which is certainly what drew me to the project.”

The approach to the new movie has been suggested to be closer in nature to Mike Mignola’s original Hellboy comics as opposed to Del Toro’s revised take on the setting, so naturally the new version is apparently darker in nature to keep more in line with the horror elements of the series. It’s reassuring to hear that the new movie will be more character-driven as well.

Hellboy will raise Hell at an unspecified point in the future. The movie’s cast includes David Harbour as Anung Un Rama (Hellboy), Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida, Daniel Dae Kim as Benjamin Daimio, Sophie Okonedo as Lady Hatton, Brian Gleeson as Merlin, Alistair Petrie as Lord Adam Glaren, and Milla Jovovich as Nimue (The Blood Queen). An actor for the role of Abe Sapien has not yet been cast.

Source: The Independent