Hellboy may wind up singing (or "crooning", to be exact) in the movie reboot, according to star David Harbour. The Hellboy film series was launched by Guillermo del Toro in 2004, and for years the filmmaker talked about rounding out his Hellboy movie trilogy with a grand finale that would see Big Red attempting to prevent the apocalypse that he himself was prophesied to bring about. Now the franchise is being relaunched under the supervision of The Descent and Centurion director Neil Marshall, with Stranger Things' own Chief Hopper, David Harbour taking over the lead role from Ron Perlman.
Marshall's reimagining of the Hellboy movies has been described as a darker and scarier R-rated monster horror film, compared to del Toro's more darkly whimsical interpretation of Big Red, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and the other members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Hellboy and Abe even got drunk at one point, and crooned along to the tune of Barry Manilow's lovesick song "Can't Smile Without You" in del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army. It seems that there may still be room for some "crooning" in Marshall's more gruesome reboot of the franchise, if dancing Chief Hopper is to be believed.
Speaking with MTV News on the Golden Globes red carpet this past weekend, the actor joked about showing off his dance moves in Stranger Things 2, and revealed that he's really a "triple threat" - something that he may get to prove in the Hellboy reboot:
"I don't know if you know this, but I'm also a singer, or at least there was a little bit of crooning that Hellboy may or may not do in the film."
Whether Hellboy actually belts out a tune in Marshall's reboot or Harbour was just messing around remains to be seen, but as mentioned before, there is a precedent for Big Red singing on the big screen. The world of the wise-cracking, cat-loving, half-demon superhero is a colorful one and Harbour likewise described the process of making the Hellboy movie reboot as, quite simply, "crazy":
"It was the hardest job I've ever done. The action that I'm doing in the movie, the rolling around on the ground and punching - things that a 40-year-old man should not be doing - and on top of that, the tremendous amount of prosthetics and makeup, but at the end of the day we would shoot some pretty beautiful stuff. And pretty unique stuff for this type of universe."
Harbour has expressed his confidence that the Hellboy reboot will be a "unique" addition to the larger world of superhero movies in the past too, having compared Hellboy to Shakespeare in the way that it blends grounded character drama with fantastical situations and fantasy elements. The Blade franchise is the rare movie series that mixes superheroes and horror, but Marshall's Hellboy is one of a few impending comic book adaptations that aims to combine scary stuff with superpowers, along with Josh Boone's Stephen King-inspired The New Mutants and Ruben Fleischer's body horror driven Venom this year. Sadly, those other films won't include any toe-tapping tunes, unlike (maybe) Hellboy.
Source: MTV News
- Hellboy (2019) release date: Jan 11, 2019