The actor behind the macabre makeup in last year’s Hellboy reboot recently expressed his views on why the film did so poorly.
David Harbour, of Stranger Things and Black Widow fame, said during an Instagram interview that he thought the R-rated reboot failed “before we began shooting, because I think that people didn’t want us to make the movie for some reason.”
He continued that Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman created “this iconic thing that we thought could be reinvented. (But) the loudness of the internet was like, ‘We do not want you to touch this’.”
Directed by Game of Thrones‘ Neil Marshall, this most recent Hellboy film recast the title role previously played by Perlman and shifted away from del Toro’s movies.
Harbour added that he thought the cast and crew “made a movie that I think is fun and I think had its problems, but was a fun movie, and then people were just very against it, and that’s people’s right, but I learned my lesson in a lot of different ways.
“We did our best, but there’s so many voices that go into these things and they’re not always going to work out,” he said. “I did what I could do and I feel proud of what I did, but ultimately I’m not in control of a lot of those things.”