David Harbour Compares Hellboy To Shakespeare And Stranger Things

by Erik Amaya

 

Stranger Things star David Harbour’s refrain of “we will fight monsters” will take on a new hue when debuts as Hellboy in next’s years Hellboy reboot. Directed by Neil Marshall from a script by Andrew Cosby — with significant input from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola — Harbour’s Hellboy finds himself facing Nimue (Milla Jovovich) and other creatures of myth in a story readers will recognized from Mignola’s “The Wild Hunt” storyline.

Which, to Harbour, gives Hellboy a Shakespearean component. “It’s demons and witches and stuff like that. But it has a similar core to a dude who’s trapped in horrible circumstances who’s just trying to be a good guy,” he told Vanity Fair. “He’s a creature that was meant to bring about the end of the world, and he just sort of wants to be a good guy. He’s got that complexity to him.”

But he also noted a similarity to Jim Hopper, his Stranger Things character, which caught the attention of Marshall and Mignola. “There’s that question of, why am I fighting this battle? Just because of some sense of justice, or some sense of good? It’s a really interesting question that sort of is at the core of him, that he struggles with,” he explained. The actor also noted that like Hopper, Hellboy “has a heart that’s really good and with a lot of this crusted-over stuff.”

Hellboy arrives in theaters on January 11th, 2019.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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