Ron Perlman has expertly trolled the upcoming Hellboy reboot with a little help from Anchorman. In the years before comic book movies truly took off, but when they were just starting to assert their popularity in Hollywood as more than a passing fad, Perlman starred in a pair of Hellboy movies as directed by Guillermo del Toro. They never got to make a third, despite the desire to and that never sat well with either of them.
The Hellboy reboot is coming our way this year and it's going to be a very different beast. Ron Perlman has mostly refused to comment on the matter, other than to express his disappointment for not getting to make their third movie and complete their trilogy. But recently, the actor took to Instagram to share a meme from Will Ferrell's 2004 comedy classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, featuring Steve Carell's character Brick Tamland. Above the image of his character, it reads "When you see the trailer for the new Hellboy movie." Below, one of Brick's classic lines, "You're not Ron," is there to drive the joke home. Perlman had this to say in his caption.
"I would never be so ungentlemanly as to comment on this. So... No comment! (Although that shit's funny AF)"
Those who pay attention to Ron Perlman on social media likely know that he's not afraid to speak his mind. But when it comes to the Hellboy reboot, for various reasons, he's largely kept quiet, even though he clearly has plenty he could say. But instead, as Ron Burgundy would say, he's choosing to stay classy and not bash someone else's project publically.
The original Hellboy live-action movie from 2004 and its sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, were reasonably successful, by certain measures, for their time. But the sequel especially came with a very high budget relative to its take at the box office, despite being critically well-liked. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman may have been just a few years too early with these movies. The two were campaigning to get Hellboy 3 made up until last year when it was formally announced that Lionsgate was going to produce a reboot instead. The studio felt audiences would respond better to something new entirely and thus, del Toro and Perlman had to finally abandon their dream.
Neil Marshall (The Descent) is at the helm of the reboot, with David Harbour (Stranger Things) in the titular role. This reboot is going to be very R-rated, with lots of blood and adult-oriented mayhem, which is in stark contrast to what Guillermo del Toro would have done with his third movie. But times have changed and Lionsgate feels they can do better with a new, grittier version of the franchise. We'll have to see how moviegoers respond to it when Hellboy hits theaters on April 12. Be sure to check out the meme from Ron Perlman's Instagram below.