Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Poster


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The young Hellboy is played by an adult woman, Montse Ribé.
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.
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.
Seth MacFarlane's first major motion picture.
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.
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).
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.
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 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 one-eyed Troll Mr. Wink was named after Selma Blair's pet, a one-eyed dog named Wink.
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.
Ron Perlman was offered the role of Piccolo in Dragonball: Evolution (2009), but turned it down in favor of reprising his role of Hellboy.
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.
Roy Dotrice (King Balor) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) starred together in the TV series Beauty and the Beast (1987).
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.
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.
Luke Goss (Prince Nuada) has a twin in real life, much like the character he plays in this movie.
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.
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.
The damaged mask of Kroenen from Hellboy (2004) can be seen in a glass case at the BPRD headquarters.
The Wink suit weighed 130 pounds. Additionally, Brian Steele, the actor who portrayed Wink, wore 10-inch stilts while in the Wink suit. He lost over 12 pounds through sweating during the shoot.
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.
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.
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).
First movie to be filmed in the new Korda Studios in Budapest, Hungary.
Christopher Lee was, reportedly, offered the role of King Balor, but had to turn down the role.
Some of the special vocal effects were provided by Guillermo del Toro, the film's director.
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).
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.
The role of Manning was originally intended for Larry Miller when Jeffrey Tambor was unavailable.
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).
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.
Shipped to some theaters under the name "Burnt Toast".
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.
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.


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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