The Hellboy reboot hits theaters next month, bringing general audiences a completely new take on the horn-wielding antihero. For David Harbour, who will be stepping into the fan-favorite role, the process of getting the job was pretty unexpected.
In a recent interview with Joblo, Harbour spoke about how he got brought on for the role, and just how surprised he was to be getting the initial call. As Harbour explained, his scene-stealing role as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things proved to be surprisingly instrumental in landing him the Hellboy gig.
"I got a call like almost completely randomly." Harbour revealed. "We were shooting the second season of Stranger Things. I think it was very early in the shooting process. And I got a call from my agents just saying they want to remake Hellboy and they want you to be the new Hellboy and here’s the script. And the movie wasn’t completely like, green lit. It wasn’t completely like, we didn’t have a studio, we didn’t have, blah, blah, but it was just Lloyd Levin and Larry Gordon had this script, they wanted to re-do the whole thing, and they had Neil Marshall at that point and they were all very keen on me doing it. And I read the script. So they sent it to me, and I was like, very confused and terrified at that prospect and excited. I mean, like who the fuck am I? You know what I mean?"
"I’ve been like a character guy for years doing these little things, and then sort of Stranger Things came out, and I think that Neil, Lloyd
Once Harbour realized he was being sought after for the role, the script was ultimately what drew him in, as well as the sort of tone the movie was wanting to strike in the comic book adaptation world.0comments
"So yeah, so I read the script and it was a very early draft of the
Hellboy will land in theaters on April 12th.