How David Harbour Decided to Play Hellboy

Don Kaye Apr 11, 2019

Hellboy is back and star David Harbour tells us why he took on the challenge of playing Big Red.

In Hellboy, director Neil Marshall’s (The Descent) reboot of Mike Mignola’s comic book creation, Stranger Things star David Harbour takes over in the role first made popular by Ron Perlman in Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 adaptation and its 2008 sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

In this new entry, the dark fantasy elements are downplayed in favor of a gorier, more horror-oriented tale that pits the demonic title superhero against an ancient sorceress (Milla Jovovich) whose history delves deep into British mythology and the days of King Arthur and Merlin.

Harbour plays Hellboy as a younger, angrier and more impulsive creature, still unsure about his place in the world and much more at odds with his “father,” Professor Bruttenholm (Ian McShane), who rescued the young demon from
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