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David Harbour Was The Only Actor Considered To Be The New HELLBOY


Several sites visited the set of Hellboy last year, and they had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the cast and crew assigned to the film. Hellboy will be rated R, and in a decision that was recently revealed to have been made by Guillermo del Toro himself, it’ll be a reboot.

JoBlo Editor-in-Chief Paul Shirey noted that Harbour looked and sounded great while filming a scene in front of the visiting bloggers. Here’s how Shirey described Harbour’s presence in the role:

“We talked to David Harbour, who we witnessed filming a scene in full HELLBOY costume, looking and sounding every bit like the snarky, badass demon we’ve come to love. I was at first taken aback when I heard his voice, as I realized how similar it actually is to Ron Perlman’s. Harbour is an imposing presence in the costume and it was amazing to see the scene being filmed almost entirely practical, which took place at Osiris headquarters where someone has been killed and Hellboy is conversing with a spirit to find out just what happened. “

It sounds like Harbour is impressive as Hellboy. If you’re interested in seeing Harbour in the garb, you can see the latest stills released from the movie HERE, or check out our latest piece on the trailer HERE.

Another interesting note that arose from interview is the fact that Harbour was the only actor considered for the main role. Marshall spoke on tha:

“You know, I’ve been a fan of David’s for many, many years before he did ‘Stranger Things’. And again, that certainly didn’t hurt. But David’s been doing amazing character work and just amazing performances throughout his career. And he’s a force of nature. He’s an incredible presence and it doesn’t hurt him that he’s like 6’5” and he’s a big fella and he’s just an amazing voice and those eyes that just like, captivate you immediately. He is a force of nature, and you feel that through the character. So it was like, once that name came into the mix, there was never anybody else considered. It was like, of course. He’s so right for it. And it was just from there on, it was like, that was our goal, get David Harbour.

“He’s just giving such a great and original take on the material that I can—I mean, the thing is, I very rarely see him without all his makeup on. You know, he comes in in the morning and goes straight into makeup, he turns up on set in makeup and he leaves in makeup and then I don’t see him again. He comes in with all his makeup on. I’m like, I haven’t seen you in ages, how are you doing? So oh yeah, you were on set all day. So he’s become this character. And when he walks onto the set, he is Hellboy and I don’t see him as anything but Hellboy. Now it’s like it’s so difficult to get past the fact that it’s okay, I don’t see makeup anymore, I see Hellboy walk onto set. And he’s living and breathing that character until he leaves at the end of the day. So but his performance is just remarkable, absolutely remarkable.”

It sounds like Harbour’s brought a lot of authenticity the role. It’s awesome work when directors notice certain actors, and keep them on their mind. This follows what Vanessa said in The Revengers Episode 43, where she talked about casting directors in particular remembering people, and remembering them down the road for later work. Good on Harbour for always doing his best and placing himself onto people’s radars for exciting projects like these.

Read the full interview at the link below if you’re interested. Stay tuned here at Revenge of the Fans for more on Hellboy.



Katie Gilstrap

Clemson University 2019 Engineer. Lover of all things Star Wars and DC. You can find all my work at For inquiries:

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