It seems as though the relationship between Hellboy and Professor Broom will be a little more strained in the upcoming reboot.
Fans of Guillermo del Toro’s original duology of Hellboy films have been slow to come around to the new reboot starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour. However, director Neil Marshall’s R-rated take on the story promises to be a fresh take on the character, and the impressive ensemble cast, including Milla Jovovich, Daniel Dae Kim and Ian McShane, is certainly something to get excited about.
In an interview with Fandom, Ian McShane (who plays Professor Bloom) discussed how the relationship between Broom and Hellboy is explored in the new film. Unlike the interpretation that Guillermo del Toro included in the original films, it sounds as though the two will be at odds in the reboot, and Big Red will have some trust issues.
“You don’t start with the birth of Hellboy… but the relationship between [Hellboy and Broom] is quite crusty. Does he trust his father? [Hellboy asks], ‘Why didn’t you kill me? I’m a monster.’ It’s a little bit of a psychological battle against Hellboy. There’s one important moment in [the film] when [Hellboy] sort of thinks he’s fighting his own people, the outsiders. So, he’s being used by the insiders, which is me, if you like.”
The actor also touched on the late John Hurt’s take on the character, and how he wanted to pay tribute to his late friend in his performance:
“I’m sort of playing this part as a slight homage to John [Hurt]. I mean, I’m not playing it like him, obviously… but the relationship [with Hellboy] is very much the same.”
Neil Marshall has shown with both The Descent and his work on Game of Thrones, that he is a director who knows how to handle creatures and action, and while the film isn’t due out until 2019 (so we won’t see a trailer for a while) hopefully the arrival of footage will assuage any doubts Hellboy fans have about the reboot.