Hellboy star David Harbour says reboot "failed before we began shooting"

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David Harbour has discussed the failure of last year's R-rated Hellboy reboot.

Directed by Game of Thrones' Neil Marshall, this dark fantasy recast the demonic title role previously played by Ron Perlman and shifted away from Guillermo del Toro's movies.

The pair's 2004 original and subsequent sequel The Golden Army boasts a strong-minded legion of fans across the world, and Stranger Things star Harbour believes this caused major issues for his effort.

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During a Q&A on his Instagram Stories recently, the actor explained: "I think it failed before we began shooting, because I think that people didn't want us to make the movie and for some reason there was like a big…

"Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman created this iconic thing that we thought could be reinvented and then they certainly – the loudness of the internet was like, 'We do not want you to touch this'.

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"And then we 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 very against it and that's people's right, but I learned my lesson in a lot of different ways."

Following the reboot's dismal release, Harbour previously admitted that it suffered from "major problems".

"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."

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