The Hellboy reboot will pit the titular demonic hero against a medieval sorceress known as The Blood Queen and actress Milla Jovovich will star was the powerful villain. In an interview with Collider, David Harbour – who portrays the eponymous paranormal investigator – discussed working opposite Jovovich and the difficulties of taking on the lead role in Hellboy.
Harbour explained that he was impressed Jovovich work on the upcoming reboot and hinted at what fans can expect from her performance as the Blood Queen:
“She’s super bad-ass! I watched some of her coverage, and I was like, ‘Damn, you know how to work a camera!’ There are people that understand the camera, and I’m not one of them. Man, she would do certain things and I would just be riveted and like, ‘Wow, you are so sexy and exciting and powerful and crazy! I don’t know how to do that. That’s amazing!’”
The Stranger Things star also commented on the physical challenges of the role, teasing plenty of action to accompany the story:
“It was the hardest shoot I’ve ever done, primarily because there are just so many stunts in it. It’s a very action-packed movie. There’s a lot of story, too, and a lot of big scenes, but there’s a lot of action. There’s a lot of me running around, jumping and turning, and punching stuff. It’s crazy! I’m 42, and the fact that no one asked me to do this in my 20s is so insulting. Why did I have to become a super-monster in my 40s?! My bones are not the same as they used to be. It was very hard, in that way, but it’s also really thrilling ‘cause I get to carve out an entirely new mythos to this guy and I get to play on this big palette of witches and giants and demons.”
Harbour also detailed the lengthy process of applying the makeup for his role:
“In terms of the make-up, that was not that fun. I will say that I got to a weird place with it. I think we had 70-plus applications of make-up, which is a full mask. By day 30 or 35, I’d wake up in the morning and look at myself in the mirror and everything was blurry. And then, I’d sit in the chair and for an hour and a half or two hours, they’d apply that face. Then, I’d look back up in the mirror and be like, “Oh, there I am!” I started to associate my own image with that other face. That was pretty cool! I didn’t really like my own face, as much as I liked this guy’s face, so I’d get excited in the morning when I’d put on the different face, but it was hard. There was a lot of listening to music on headphones and a lot of sleeping, if you could with four people applying glue to your face.”
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Directed by Neil Marshall, Hellboy also stars Ian McShane as Hellboy’s adoptive father, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida, Daniel Dae Kim as Major Ben Daimio, Sophie Okonedo as Lady Hatton, Brian Gleeson as Merlin, and Alistair Petrie as Lord Adam Glaren.
Hellboy is scheduled to be released in theaters on January 11, 2019.