Actor Ron Perlman has enjoyed a successful career in TV and movies going back to 1981. He starred in both of director Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy films, as well as Blade II and Pacific Rim; plus, he has done voice work in various Batman animated shows and starred in most of the run of Sons of Anarchy. He remains busy with frequent roles at the age of 66, with his next project the upcoming re-entry to the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The election this week of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States throws open the possibility that the next generation of political leaders may draw upon the ranks of famous people who got their start in fields far away from politics. Kanye West, in fact, announced earlier this year that he aspires to run for president in 2020. And now, none other than Ron Perlman is throwing his hat in the ring.
Perlman announced to the 1.2 million followers on his verified Facebook page Wednesday: “I am hereby using my immense Facebook presence to announce my candidacy for President of United States, 2020," illustrating the announcement with a hand over his heart. Take a look:
The first comment on the post, by Perlman himself, states, “My slogan will be, "Make America Great Again, Again" so...hold onto your hats!” Below that, at least one commenter noted that Perlman has played a president before - his character, Clay Morrow, was the president of the SAMCRO motorcycle club on Sons of Anarchy. With Hellboy 3 shelved indefinitely, he'll have some free time.
It’s unclear how serious Perlman is about his presidential aspirations. The actor has not previously been much associated with specific political causes, although on Facebook last week he urged his followers to vote and posted a picture of himself sporting an "I voted" sticker. He also once, in an interview, expressed his desire for a “neural link” (the robot-mind-melding maneuver from Pacific Rim) with President Obama, and has made fun of Trump’s frequent use of the phrase “You wouldn’t believe” on Twitter.
If Perlman is serious, then he’d certainly be an entertaining presence on the political stage. Of course, if it turns out he’s kidding, it's likely that “surprise” presidential announcements by celebrities are going to become a joke that’s beaten into the ground before long -- that is, if it hasn’t been already.