President Donald Trump has entrusted his son-in-law and senior White House advisor Jared Kushner to find a path to Mideast peace, but perhaps he should hire actor, comedian, and nerd president emeritus Patton Oswalt to do the job because if he could achieve peace amongst Hellboys, he can do anything… Alright, so there was never any real enmity between former Hellboy Ron Perlman and future Hellboy David Harbour, but Oswalt was there to make sure it stayed that way as the two actors dined last night and traded notes about being a big, red, government-funded demon monkey with a stone hand.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 6, 2017
“Not since Bill Clinton, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat has there been such an epic summit yelding such a little result,” Perlman recounted in his Facebook post about the meal. “Apparently Patton Oswalt aka balvenieboy thought it was a good idea to host David Harbour and yours truly for a detente dinner. The result: I gained 3 pounds and ruined my liver. Meanwhile, good luck kid! Signed, the babe.”
“Patton brokered a peace, it was incredible,” Harbour added in an interview with Yahoo. “I had reached out to Ron because I’m a big fan of his. He’s a really sweet guy and we wanted to just talk shop, and I just thought Patton Oswalt would be the perfect chaperone in case Ron and I started to make out or we started dancing too close or if we started getting in a fistfight.”
In that same interview, Harbour credited his new found star status to Stranger Things. “I would not be doing Hellboy if it wasn’t for Stranger Things, no,” Harbour explained. “I would not. A lot of people responded to it. It’s got a lot of elements — Hopper is a very complicated character and has a lot of levels. And he is heroic, but he’s messed up, and I think they want this for this Hellboy as well.”
“Hellboy is kind of a neurotic, messed-up individual who’s destined for a horrible fate,” Harbour added about the correlations between the Stranger Things sheriff and the BPRD’s best agent. “He’s destined to become the beast of the apocalypse. Whenever he shows up and does the right thing, people throw beers at him and show up with pitchforks and he still manages to do the right thing. I think it’s funny and it’s sweet and it’s weird, and hopefully I can bring that to it as well.”
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is currently in development under director Neill Marshall with a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. There’s currently no date for either the film’s release, or the start of production, but we’ll keep you posted.