Stranger Things star David Harbor has enormous shoes to fill when he replaces Ron Perlman in Lionsgate’s Hellboy film. While the two actors are playing the same character, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola says the two takes are altogether different.
Talking with IGN, Mignola says Harbor’s interpretation of the character will be increasingly genuine and abrasive.
“[David Harbour’s Hellboy is] a little bit more dramatic,” Mignola says. “There’s a different edge. [Ron Perlman] was very smooth as Hellboy, and there’s a whole different love interest vibe with Ron’s thing. Ron was almost playing this kind of old adolescent. And Harbour plays a grittier Hellboy, and a bit more explosive, emotionally.”
“It’s hard to explain, but it is a very different take,” he continued. “The beauty is, both of them, in their own way, feel like Hellboy. It’s almost like they’re just tipped it in two different directions. There’s something much gnarlier about David’s Hellboy.”
At the point when Hellboy comes around next Spring, we’ll discover Harbor’s interpretation of the character well into his profession with the B.P.R.D, though Perlman’s version of the character was toward the beginning of his career. As indicated by Mignola, Harbor’s character will be a well-known individual by the fans rather than Perlman’s underground take.
“In the del Toro films, Hellboy is kind of penned up, and kept secret, and that is not what we have here [in the upcoming film],” Mignola mentions. “This is truer to the comic, in that Hellboy’s been out in the world. He’s not a top-secret, hidden away guy. He’s an out-there-in-the-world, functioning, working adult.”
“So you’ve got that working stiff, been there, done that vibe with Harbour, that you just couldn’t have with Ron because it was played so differently,” Mignola elaborates. “[With Harbour’s Hellboy] there’s a little bit more angsty, find-your-place-in-the-world, a frustration with his role.”