Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Poster


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The young Hellboy is played by an adult (36 years old in 2008) woman, Montse Ribé.
David Hyde Pierce did the voice of Abe Sapien in Hellboy (2004), while Doug Jones played the physical part. For Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Jones also does the voice. The reason is because the producers hoped Pierce's name would make the first film a box-office smash. But he refused to be credited because he felt Abe Sapien was Jones' work, and as such did no promotions or interviews, or even attended the premiere.
The outline of the movie revolves a great deal around Ireland and Irish mythology: Nuada is the name of the first king of the mythological Tuatha De Danann people. The mythological Nuada bore the epithet "Silverhand" because, having lost his arm in battle, he wore a functioning silver arm. In the movie, Nuada's epithet is "Silverlance", and Nuada's father, Balor, has a mechanical arm.
Revolution Studios was originally set to produce this sequel but had to pull out once Sony decided they no longer wanted to fund Revolution Studios. Sony put the rights up for sale since they felt Hellboy wasn't a profitable franchise for them. Universal felt differently and bought the rights to make the sequel immediately.
The Angel of Death's voice is done by Doug Jones doing each line twice, once in a higher pitched voice and then in a lower pitch, and then the two takes were blended together.
Peter Jackson approached Guillermo del Toro to direct Halo, and even though del Toro considered it, he turned the offer down so he could direct this sequel. Also, Del Toro turned down I Am Legend (2007), One Missed Call (2008), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) for the same reason.
Seth MacFarlane based the voice of Johann Krauss on Jeremy Irons' character from Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).
The Wink suit weighed 130 pounds. Additionally, Brian Steele, the actor who portrayed Wink, wore 10-inch stilts (going from his towering 6'5 frame to 7'3) while in the Wink suit. He lost over 12 pounds through sweating during the shoot.
As the Angel of Death, Doug Jones could only see out of the crack across the mask he wore. Also, the mechanical wings he was wearing weighed about 40 pounds. Doug was originally supposed to walk around the set, but when it was discovered that he could barely stand, they instead hung him from a wire. This is why The Angel of Death floats.
Ron Perlman was offered the role of Piccolo in Dragonball: Evolution (2009), but turned it down in favor of reprising his role of Hellboy.
The motto carved over the door to the Troll's Market is "Unus Mundus", which literally translates as "One World", and refers to the idea that there is an underlying reality from which everything emerges and to which everything will return. The idea was popularized by Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung.
Thomas Kretschmann was the first choice as the voice of Johann Kraus, but Guillermo del Toro was not satisfied with the result, and subsequently brought in Seth MacFarlane.
When in costume as either Abe Sapien, the Chamberlain or The Angel of Death, Doug Jones was rendered almost completely blind and deaf from the prosthetic pieces on his head.
Rupert Evans (Agent John Myers from Hellboy (2004)) couldn't reprise his role due to his casting in a stage version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" in London in 2007 and was written out of the sequel.
Just like the first film, none of the cast member's names are written on the posters, mentioned in the trailers or shown in the opening credits.
The damaged mask of Kroenen from Hellboy (2004) can be seen in a glass case at the BPRD headquarters.
For the perspective shot of the elemental egg opening in Nuada's hand, a huge prosthetic hand holding an over-sized golden egg was created, and Luke Goss stood behind it.
The special goggles they wear to see the troll market are described as being designed by Eugen Schüfftan and using lenses and mirrors. This is an homage to special effects pioneer who used mirrors with silver stratigally removed to in camera place actors into miniatures or paintings.
Shipped to some theaters under the name "Burnt Toast".
The one-eyed Troll Mr. Wink was named after Selma Blair's pet, a one-eyed dog named Wink.
Seth MacFarlane's first major motion picture.
The number 7 appears throughout the movie, most notably when it is stated that the Golden Army consists of "70 times 70", but also during the scene in the auction house, where the crown piece is listed as lot 777, with a starting price of $7,000,000. And when the team arrives at the auction house, Liz says, "Over 70 guests reported"
After reading it in his manual/ancient lore book, Abe calls Tooth Faires "Carcharodon Carcharias". Actually, that is the scientific name of the Great White Shark.
Some of the special vocal effects were provided by Guillermo del Toro, the film's director.
Christopher Lee was, reportedly, offered the role of King Balor, but had to turn down the role.
The start of photography was postponed by two months due to Anna Walton's pregnancy. She was eight months pregnant when auditioning for her role.
As in the first movie, the agents that accompany Hellboy are named for things found while digging in the earth, albeit decidedly tougher than the first group: Marble, Flint, Steel (true, this is an alloy that is mostly iron, but Iron is not a common last name).
This film is the second time that Ron Perlman and Luke Goss have worked together, the first being Blade II (2002) which was also directed by Guillermo del Toro.
The resting place of the Golden Army was originally scripted to be under water, requiring the main characters to swim to it. This concept was removed for budgetary reasons.
This movie was originally intended to have a sequel to form a trilogy as opposed to a duology. However due to this film's box office thunder being taken away from the release of The Dark Knight (2008) on the second week of its premiere, the film's attendance dropped. Despite the film didn't made as much money as its predecessor, Del Toro expressed interest in directing the sequel but had to put it on hold due to commitments to other film projects. In 2012, Ron Perlman don his Hellboy costume to meet a terminally ill boy as part of the Make-a-Wish foundation. This event inspired Del Toro to do everything he could to get the sequel started. This lead to a five year development hell where no producer or studio expressed interest in funding the proposed sequel. Even at one point Del Toro was going to publish the sequel as a comic instead of a film only to get vetoed by Hellboy's creator Mike Mignola. Inspired by the success of the green lighting of Deadpool (2016) Ron Perlman tried to convince fans to start trending #HellboyIII on their Twitter accounts to help showcase that there is an audience for Hellboy. In 2017, Del Toro would later do a similar thing on his Twitter account by posting a poll for his followers. If 100,000 votes were cast in, Del Toro will have a sit down meeting with Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola on the development of the proposed sequel. After exactly 132,938 votes were cast in, the sit down meeting happened. After the meeting concluded, Del Toro made the announcement that the sequel won't be happening after having a conversation with Mike Mignola that against all odds the film can never be made. Thus making this film a final chapter as oppose to a middle chapter.
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The movie mentions Bethmoora, a city in the fiction of the early 20th century visionary writer Lord Dunsany. Also note that the Golden Army is hidden in Ireland, Dunsany's homeland. The term "glamour" used for the fairies' cloaking skill also originates in Dunsany's "The King of Elfland's Daughter".
The enormous female statue shown in the auction scene is a representation of the Venus of Willendorf (the original was only about 4.5 inches tall).
The area where Hellboy and company walk around is not actually on the Giant's Causeway itself, although it can be seen far behind and below them. The area they are standing on is close to Mussenden Temple, the Temple being behind the camera for most of the shots. The Causeway itself is actually over 10 miles from their position.
There are several shots in the movie showing a worn movie marquee advertising a film called "See You Next n sday." The inclusion of the phrase "See you next Wednesday" is a trademark of director John Landis (he has incorporated it into nearly all of the movies and many of the music videos he has directed). Landis, in turn, took the line from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Roy Dotrice (King Balor) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) starred together in the TV series Beauty and the Beast (1987).
Prince Nuada played by Luke Goss has similar vampiric make up as Nomak in Blade 2, also played by Luke Goss. Both movies are directed by Guillermo del Toro.
SERIES TRADEMARK: [51] There are the numbers '51' stenciled into the side of the compound, seen several times, since we find out in Hellboy (2004) that it's "sector 51". It may also, in both films, be a reference to Area 51.
First movie to be filmed in the new Korda Studios in Budapest, Hungary.
This movie features a creature called the tooth fairies, similar to the movie Don't be Afraid of the Dark written by Guillermo del Toro.
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The role of Manning was originally intended for Larry Miller when Jeffrey Tambor was unavailable.
Hellboy, upon challenging Prince Nuada in the Golden Army chamber, is called 'not Royalty' by the elf prince. Princess Nuala immediately contradicts him by saying he has the right to challenge Nuada as he is 'Son of the Fallen One'. This could easily be a reference to the fallen angel known as Lucifer Morningstar, who was cast out of Heaven for inciting rebellion against his heavenly father, God Almighty. Since Hellboy is considered to be the Son of Satan (which is the name Lucifer took upon being cast into Hell to rule it for it eternity), it could be said that Hellboy's grandfather is God.
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The Elves and The Golden Army do not appear in Mike Mignola's comics. They were originally made for the film.
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In both Hellboy and The Golden Army's opening titles sequences, there is a brief shot of a spoof drawing of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci. In Golden Army, it's of a Golden Army Soldier. In Hellboy, it's Hellboy.
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Blake Perlman: The female reporter seen interviewing Hellboy outside of the auction house is Ron Perlman's daughter.
Santiago Segura: "Distinguished Customer" in the auction scene is a frequent player in movies directed by Guillermo del Toro, and voices Johann Krauss in the Spanish dubbed version.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Luke Goss (Prince Nuada) has a twin in real life, much like the character he plays in this movie.
This is the second time Luke Goss's character has killed his Father. The first time was in Blade II.
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According to Ron Perlman, the unmade sequel of this film was going to be about Hellboy becoming the beast of the apocalypse as was foreshadowed in the predecessor films. However Hellboy comes to terms to meet with his destine fate by defending humanity as opposed to wiping out all of mankind. Hellboy's twin kids were going to bear resemblance to Hellboy & Liz respectively. One of the twins was going to be corrupted while the other was going to be angelic.
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Along with the Hellboy 3, an Abe Sapien spin-off film titled "Hellboy: Silverlance" was also previously in the works before being scrapped indefinitely. Peter Briggs, the screenwriter of the first Hellboy was given the task back in the year 2010 to write the screenplay. The plot, as described by Peter via his Facebook post, is going to be about Abe Sapien being transferred to the Colorado branch of the B.P.R.D. Abe, upon his arrival, was still troubled since the events of the climax of Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) as he still had the psychic connection with the deceased Princess Nuala. To ease his pain, he decided to do research on the history of Nuala and her also deceased brother Nuada. A series of sequences that focused on both Nuala & Nuada's travels across the world throughout the centuries would have commenced. Upon these sequences was going to be a back story to Nuada's first meeting with Mr. Wink, and Kroenen from the first Hellboy film was going to cross paths with Nuada during Nuada's visit to Nazi Germany. Doug Jones would have reprised his roles as both Abe Sapien and the Angel of Death from "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," Agent Myers was going to play a part in the film, along with Hellboy making a cameo. Had this film been a success, it would have spawned a cinematic universe titled "From The Files Of The B.P.R.D." After the announcement of the Hellboy remake being green-lit, this spin-off film along with "Hellboy 3" was put to rest.
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