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Perlman Done Hiding Behind the Mask

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Hellboy 2 actor, Ron Perlman says now that he is in 50s and “quite comfortable in his own skin” he “no longer” needs the mask as much as he used to. Read on:

For much of his career, Ron Perlman has been an actor in hiding.

And for a long time, that was how he wanted it. Masks and heavy makeup were his defences.

“When I first started out in this business, I was really quite uncomfortable in my own skin,” admits the star of the upcoming Hellboy II: The Golden Army. So for him, transforming himself into something else in the makeup chair was a form of release.

Go back to Perlman’s film debut and his Genie-nominated performance in 1981 as the caveman Amoukar in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Quest For Fire and you find an actor covered in makeup. Five years later Annaud cast him as a hunchback in The Name Of The Rose – and then came his award-winning turn as Vincent the lion man in television’s Beauty And The Beast. He continued to be an actor behind the mask playing a vampire in Blade 2, and a Reman viceroy in Star Trek: Nemesis.

“Luckily, the good lord provided these roles,” Perlman says. Playing a grotesque on screen was an escape from his own perceived reality.

“All this happened during a period of my life when I was more comfortable behind a mask than I would have been naked . . . and it freed me up. It made me freer because it was no longer me. It was a transforming version of me which was very abstract in relation to my own persona. So it made acting more possible and more freeing.”

There’s quiet self-assurance mingled with humility as Perlman faces reporters this morning – a distinguished-looking middle-aged man with a military bearing, trim pepper-and-salt mustache and sunglasses casually pushed up over his greying hair. Not someone, you would think, who needed to assume an alien exterior to deal with feelings of inferiority.

Yet this award-winning, classically-trained actor, whose stage credits range from Shakespeare and Moliere to Beckett and Pinter, once famously observed he always believed he possessed monstrous aspects he must learn to live with.

“I was not dealt the best physical hand in the world,” he commented a few years ago. “My nose didn’t fit my mouth, My forehead didn’t fit my cheeks. . . . So, consequently, I suffered from very low self-esteem. In a sense I had a beast inside me.”

But much has changed since then – even though Perlman has once again donned the horns, tail, over-muscled torso, red-leather visage and bad-ass attitude of the cigar-chomping, kitten-loving Hellboy for a new Hollywood instalment in the chaotic life of this unique comic-book hero.

“These days, I’m in my 50s and I’m quite comfortable in my own skin and I no longer need the mask as much as I used to. So now it becomes: how much pleasure am I going to take in playing a masked character?”

When it comes to the engaging blue-collar monster that he first brought to the screen in 2004, Perlman doesn’t even need to ask himself the question. Besides, he wanted to work again with Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, one of the screen’s great visual stylists.

Del Toro has said that Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which opens July 11, is the movie he wanted to make the first time around, but only now has he been given the budget to enable him to fulfil his vision. Four years ago, Del Toro and producer Mike Mignola, the creator of the cult Hellboy comic, had to fight to cast Perlman over the studio’s choice of Vin Diesel. So Perlman feels he owes his rotund director an enormous debt for giving him the role.

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Behind the Scenes – Meet Wink Featurette

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Check out this Hellboy II Featurette

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Hellboy II: Edit Suite Visit

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

IGN visited the set for Hellboy II and the had the privilege to watch several scenes from the film, plus they checked out some cool concept art.

Last Friday, IGN UK visited a post-production house tucked away in Soho, London where filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is hard at work frantically editing his blockbuster sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army. He graciously offered to screen several brand new sequences from the film for us, with explicit instructions to tell the world about what we saw. So here goes, though remember… although we weren’t screened anything particularly spoilerish, there’s plenty of information within. So if you want your Hellboy fresh, then click away now…

Int. Army Base, New Mexico – Night

First up, a pre-credit prologue sequence in which an 11 year-old Hellboy is in his pajamas, brushing his massive teeth. The tyke playing him — apparently in heavy prosthetics — looks freakishly similar to Ron Perlman. In steps dad, Professor Broom (played by a rakish looking John Hurt), who begins telling him the story of the titular Golden Army…

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Hellboy II Will be Bigger and Better Than the First

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

The folks over at IGN saw the first ten minutes of Hellboy II and they were blown away by what they had witnessed.

IGN was lucky enough to witness 10 minutes of footage from Hellboy II: The Golden Army this morning, and we’re pleased to report that Guillermo del Toro’s big-budget sequel is looking rather spectacular.

The action sequence screened appears to take place early in the proceedings, and kicks off outside a plush Manhattan building with Tom Manning (Jeffrey Tambor) explaining there has been an incident that FBI agents are investigating. Cut to inside; Hellboy and friends are on the case, searching for 70 guests who have gone missing with not a survivor or body in site.

As they search their surroundings, Hellboy and girlfriend Liz start to bicker about his use of the word “babe” and a brief argument ensues (followed by a pretty big revelation which we won’t spoil here). Speaking after the screening, del Toro explained that the couples’ strained relationship is central to the sequel’s story.

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New Hellboy II Movie Trailer

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Brand new Hellboy 2: The Golden Army trailer. Check it out!

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Teaser Trailer

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Hey, Hellboy fans! We have the teaser trailer for Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

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Hellboy II Production Art

Thursday, November 8th, 2007


IGN has a new production art image from Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Click on the link below to view the production art image titled The Well.

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