Ron Perlman Talks ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 6, ‘Pacific Rim,’ & ‘Hellboy 3′

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At the end of Sons of Anarchy season 5, Clay Morrow is in pretty bad shape. He’s been kicked out of SAMCRO, arrested for murder, and has a $10 million bounty on his head. Fortunately, Clay’s dire situation hasn’t worn down the man who plays him, Ron Perlman.

In a recent appearance at the C2E2 convention in Chicago, the 63-year-old actor – whose wide-ranging credits have made him a fan-favorite for decades – cheerfully answered questions about Sons of Anarchy, as well as a range of other topics including his longstanding friendship with Guillermo del Toro, his role in del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and why he keeps “punching away” at the director to make Hellboy 3.

On the subject of Sons of Anarchy, Perlman admitted that he knew how Clay’s story was going to unfold, but didn’t reveal it to the audience. Instead, he teased at some of the many possibilities for the character.

“There’s a million ways he could either extricate himself from that situation, or not extricate himself from that situation. Does he go inward? Does he go outward? Does he become more manipulative than ever? Is he more dangerous than ever, because he’s a cornered big cat? I don’t know. I mean, I do, but I’m not going to tell you.”

When asked about his role in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, however, the actor was more forthcoming, describing his character Hannibal Chow in humorous detail.

“Hannibal Chow is kind of what you would imagine when you hear that a big, oversized Jew from New York is playing a guy named Hannibal Chow. He’s got to be the most full of sh-t guy on the face of the earth, and indeed that’s what he is. He’s a black marketeer. He has fashioned an agreement with the government whereby whenever these Kaiju fall in battle, he has the rights to farm them and market them. And he has fashioned a gazillion ways to profit off of these Kaiju.

So Hannibal Chow is a war profiteer, who has zero north moral compass whatsoever. He has no political loyalty whatsoever. He’s just a guy who profits off of other people’s misfortune.”

Perlman also took time to talk about the incredible scale of Pacific Rim and how del Toro’s commitment to building realistic sets has paid off again.

“That’s a signature of Guillermo. Whenever possible, he creates the real thing in three dimensions and he only uses CG as a sort of punctuation mark or enhancement to what you see with your own eye… He recreated about six blocks of Hong Kong – because Hannibal Chow’s lair is in Hong Kong – so the sequence that I was in was mind-blowing.”

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Since he was at a comic book convention, Perlman was inevitably asked some questions about the possibility of Hellboy 3. Though Hellboy creator Mike Mignola recently stated that a third film isn’t currently in the works, and that he was once told by Universal that the movie would never get made, Perlman was still hopeful that he would have a chance to bring the trilogy to a conclusion.

Joking that he’s been giving del Toro “Jewish guilt,” Perlman told the crowd that he’s pushing to make the third movie.

“We both walked away from Hellboy 2 agreeing that there would never be another one. But, with the passage of time, it became clear to me that he really always designed it as a trilogy. He has a very well-articulated idea of what the resolve would look like and it’s amazingly theatrical and is epic in scope and would make for amazing cinema, with or without the first two movies.

But there are so many questions posed in the first two films that absolutely need to be answered. I said, ‘You owe it to the world to finish this trilogy.’”

Assuming he can convince Universal to give him the greenlight, given del Toro’s insanely busy schedule, it might be difficult for the director to find the time to return to the franchise. That being said, I think most fans would agree that an epic conclusion to the series would be more than welcome.

Fans of SoA, what do you think will happen to Clay in Season 6. And Hellboy fans, are you as eager as Ron Perlman to see a third film? Let us know in the comments.


Pacific Rim will be in theaters on July 12, 2013.

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  1. SOA 6 can’t get here fast enough

  2. Glad he’s pushing for Hellboy 3… I became a big fan after Hellboy 2.

    • Same here!

    • YES Hellboy 3 Please! *waves money for a ticket* I’ll buy my ticket now if it helps.. *wants to see another hellboy movie*

  3. I don’t know what the studios are waiting for… just make Hellboy 3 already!

    • I heard it’s because the creator of the comic book series, Mike Mignola, hasn’t written the end of the series yet. note : this rumour is about 8 months old.

  4. Perlman is perfect as Hellboy. I wish they would just keep making movies, because if there isn’t a sequel it means it will be rebooted sometime soon with some who is not Ron Perlman which cannot happen.

  5. Absolutely waiting for Hellboy 3! There has to be a third one to wrap up the first two! And besides, we gotta see what kind of Daddy Hellboy will make for the twins!

  6. Hes gonna die before hellboy 3
    Priorities people.

  7. Hopefully Perlman can get some of these movies made before he gets too old. But he looks in great shape, always has. Clay is one of the great bad guys on TV now, somewhat under-appreciated, but the fans of the show know what he brings to the character. A lot of people certainly want Clay dead, but somehow I don’t see the show continuing after Clay dies. I think the show ends with Clay meeting whatever his ultimate fate is: death, or life in prison. I don’t think it will be like what happened to Vic in The Shield.

    • I think you are right about that, but what about a different ending. What about Clay hooking up with the Irish and start his own little club or family? I think it would be cool if Clay and SAMCRO would have to compete or eventually have to work together. That is another storyline in itself.

  8. Definitely need Hellboy 3,going nuts waiting for sons of anarchy to begin. Ps I agree with wait to long and you won’t be doing Hellboy 3 he is getting older 63 is no spring chicken.

  9. I would LOVE a third Hellboy. My first two movies look so lonely without sitting next to their conclusion. Hellboy deserves to be an epic trilogy.

  10. Ron Perlman is awesome. He looks like one of the few actors somebody could hang out with and have a good time.

  11. Hellboy 3? Hell yeah! Seriously now, yes please. I hope Universal will green this as I too am getting older by the minute, so I want the Trilogy completed. Please. Thank you.

  12. I hope they do hellboy 3 before the studio does the unforgivable and reboots the series. Hellboy would be completely cg motion capture with a new actor that would suck! Del toro needs to just drop everything and finish the hellboy series!

  13. Hellboy 3, hell please! I mean hell yes, I mean yes please.

  14. Why does it have to be with Universal? They could go independent, or shop it around. I would hope if HB3 is made, it’s not as campy as the second film.

  15. HellBoy II was so good! I really have great hopes for a third movie to be done.

  16. Just something about the article that isn’t correct. Clay only has a 5 million dollar bounty on his head.

    Clay is going to be more manipulative than ever. There is no way that he is just going to fold and take a bullet after being set up.

  17. I loved Hellboy and Hellboy 2 please make a 3rd one I would love to see what happeneds

  18. my little brother and I have been dying to see hellboy 3

  19. Can’t wait for SoA season 6!! Also they should definitly make a hellboy 3. The first 2 movies were great, ever since i seen them i’ve been hoping for a third!

  20. I really hope that Clay can some how stick around for the final 2 seasons even thou I think it is not going to happen for some reason Kurt Sutter has decided to turn this into the Jax/Gemma/Nero show SMH!!!!! Can someone tell me how Juice is still alive!!!!!!!

    • I absolutely agree with you! Juice was informing on the club, killed Miles in the process of covering up his tracks and then tried to kill himself and he’s still a part of the MC?? Hopefully Jax just used him to setup Clay and once Clay is out of the picture Jax will take care of Juice as well. I mean the whole reason he went after Clay was because he killed JT and Piney so it would be double-standards to let Juice live. I do think that the “weakest” point of the show was Juice getting blackmailed by the sheriff just because of his black father – this is just bad writing – they could’ve done much better.

  21. Ever since Clay became the wounded animal that emerged from the hospital, I have waited for a moment when he might strip off his nose tube, stand up straight, and tie his hands to the handle bars, literally and figuratively. One telling insight: when he struggles to get on his bike he is ALONE, meaning there is no audience to benefit from any deceptive weakness, and that his inability to mount the bike was genuine.