Hellboy, a fun film about a demon who defends humanity, hit theaters in 2004. Its equally fun sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, came out in 2008. If this were a math puzzle, we'd logically deduce that Hellboy 3 should be released in ... four plus eight equals ... 2012. But ... no. Writer/director Guillermo del Toro explains why.
Del Toro recently told MTV News that the only thing standing between him and Hellboy III is the star—Ron Perlman.
"I had dinner with [Perlman] last night. He said 'six hours [in the makeup chair], what do you want?'" said del Toro. "And he's doing Sons of Anarchy without makeup. He's spoiled! He likes to be the big cheese without the makeup session."
In other words, when choosing between playing a bad-boy biker in Sons of Anarchy and the heroic Big Red, Perlman took the path of least makeup.
This comes as sad news to del Toro, who has plans to kill off our demon hero ... a fate the director calls "facing his destiny."
"I would love to do it," continued del Toro. "But the heartbreak for me is that I know how it ends and I don't know if I want to see that ending. But I would love to do it."
But writer of the Hellboy comic book, Mike Mignola, is okay with any delay in Perlman's availability.
"The problem is, what del Toro's talked about to me is that Hellboy III would be the end of Hellboy," said Mignola. "And here's where we have the big conflict. My version of Hellboy in the comics is a finite story, but it's going to take me 15 years to get to the ending. If he makes Hellboy III and it's the death of Hellboy, I'm left doing the comic going, 'But I'm not done yet.'"
So although Perlman's current commitment to his TV show seems like bad news for Hellboy fans, we can take comfort in knowing that at least Hellboy III won't be going forward without Perlman.