While the best comic to screen casting ever is J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson one of the top 10's is Rob Perlman as Hellboy. The first two movies were, like most of Guillermo del Toro's work, was ahead of its time. If it was released these days the movies probably would have done a lot better at the box office than they did a decade ago. At the same time, the movies also helped kick off the more adult-centric boom of the comic book to movie adaptation along with other productions like Sin City that started to wake people up that comic book properties were more than just superheroes.
There has been a third Hellboy movie languishing in development hell for years and as the industry began to rely entirely on these movies to get by it seemed like it could really happen. That was not the case and instead, we got a reboot last year that got absolutely destroyed by critics and audiences alike. There were a lot of people wondering why the movie was being made at all and Perlman was asked by ComicBookMovie.com why he decided to turn down a role in the movie.
"The only thing that's stopping the third Hellboy film is the fact that Guillermo [del Toro] is one of the busiest guys in the business," the actor told us. "He couldn't do it with all the stuff he's got lined up even if wanted to. The two films had nothing to do with one another. .. The reboot was something I had the opportunity to participate in and decided that the only version of Hellboy I'm interested in is the one I do with Guillermo and so in walking away from it, I truly walked away from it, and haven't seen it or heard much about it. I wished them well, but it was not in my bailiwick."
Perlman isn't just loyal to the character he's also loyal to del Toro which isn't that surprising. Maybe someday we'll get that third Hellboy movie. If they figured out a way to do it with a small enough budget so they didn't have to break the bank to make a profit that would probably help. It doesn't sound like anything is actively in the works right now but maybe that will change. There are plenty of other movies we never thought would get released that finally made it to the big screen.