Ron Perlman has been around the block long enough not to hold any grudges in this business, but it was obvious that the decision to reboot his beloved franchise Hellboy had irked the veteran. Wishing his successor David Harbour nothing but the best, his ire was directed at the studio for overlooking director Guillermo Del Toro's script for a third installment that would have completed the trilogy.
"The third one was meant to be epic and conclusive and a resolve for all these, almost, Greek oracle promises of the destiny of Hellboy. It would've made for a really good movie, I think," explained Perlman late last month.
Now comedian Patton Oswalt brought Perlman together with Harbour and creator Mike Mignola to officially sign off on the symbolic passing of the torch. With a few glasses of wine enjoyed between friends and some pictures to boot, here is what took place.
Liver-Pounding Dinner Worth The Weight
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 6, 2017
Sitting in between the merry men on an evening out and about, Oswalt teased an idea for a new boy band - the Hellboyz.
"The summit dinner was a smashing success. Now, to launch my new pop duo, Hellboyz. @DavidKHarbour @perlmutations."
He was not the only one indulging in some social media banter, seeing Perlman poke fun at his own expense to boot.
"Not since Bill Clinton, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat has there been such an epic summit yelding such a little result! Apparently Patton Oswalt aka balvenieboy thought it was a good idea to host @DavidKHarbour and yours truly for a detente dinner. The result: i gained 3 pounds and ruined my liver. Meanwhile, good luck kid! Signed, the babe."
Hand of Doom Turns Blue In Makeup Room
There was no more time for Harbour to hang out with his friends, having to hit the makeup room immediately as the new Hellboy hits production mode. The dark R-rated feature has brought aboard Neil Marshall to direct the movie that will be a more gruesome interpretation of the subject material.
The Stranger Things star showcased his first day preparing for the part with a glut of blue substance stuck onto his right hand, a hand that will be the "Right Hand of Doom," as he explained on his Instagram account. Shirtless and with sweat dripping down from his face, the physical requirements to play a character so big and bulked with weaponry will be a challenge all unto itself for Harbour.
If only he didn't sink so many red wines earlier. Well played Perlman.