A few days ago Ron Perlman took to Twitter to ask fans to show their support for Hellboy III (which was met with a very enthusiastic response), and now the actor has been talking to Comic Book about the chances of the third instalment happening, and what Guillermo del Toro may have in store for the closing chapter of the trilogy.
“The response has been pretty dramatic. It’s very heartwarming. People should definitely take notice – the people who care about fanbases and stuff like that. After all, those are the guys who make what we do possible. I really, I’m just completely overwhelmed and thank you for your help... I think what [the fans have] been doing the past couple of days. I mean, in 48 hours since I dropped that post, I’ve never seen… I’ve been on social media for, I guess, a couple of years, Facebook very recently, I’ve never seen anything with a response to this degree. So, this struck a nerve and the fact that there is a nerve to strike, is one pawn. You have to absolutely take that into account. The fans are doing what they’re supposed to do. Anybody who follows me has been quite vociferous about their passion for seeing this trilogy evolve to where it was meant to evolve to, including yours truly.”
As for his knowledge about what a third Hellboy could entail, Perlman stated that: “Guillermo has been very deliberate to not tell me anything because he knows what a big mouth I have. I’m fine with that but he has hinted at certain things that are kind of obvious. Shelby has been summoned into our world with one purpose. It’s almost like he’s a Greek oracle. It’s something one can negotiate one’s way out of and his purpose was to destroy mankind. That’s his purpose and the fact that he was brought up and nurtured to utilize his powers for positive effects rather than negative ones is a big discussion. That’s what makes the Hellboy discussion compelling. It’s this classic nature versus nurture dialectic. The Oracle is so vast, though. There’s no wiggle room in it. He’s destined to do this. Obviously, it’s gonna be this internal struggle within himself as to who wills out here. Then we you have the birth of these two twins, seeing how they figure into the story, seeing whether they come out as demons or humans or permutations of both, there’s an awful lot of things that have been set up in the first two films.”
Perlman certainly seems keen to give the fans the long-rumoured final chapter, adding that: “I really feel like we have an obligation to finish this. We asked the patience of an awful lot of very devoted fans. We’re clearly not the biggest blockbuster financially that ever came down the pipe with other comic book movies, but I think all that’s bullshit. I think we asked fans to come along on a journey with us and there was a promise made that we would complete the journey. The reason why I go about this is that I feel like we’re obligated to. I don’t care how much the movie costs. If it costs $600, let’s finish the fucking story and then movie on. It doesn’t have to cost a gazillion dollars. It’d be nice if it was as epic as what Guillermo has in mind and that would take some resources but the fans have shown this amazing devotion and passion and intensity.”
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