Hellboy's 2019 reboot unfortunately failed to set the world alight with less than glowing reviews and an unimpressive box office.
Ron Perlman, who starred as Hellboy in the original 2004 film and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, has revealed that he was actually asked to return for last year's movie, but declined to take part because Guillermo del Toro wasn't returning as director.
Speaking to ComicBookMovie, the actor also revealed that the only reason a third film hasn't been made for his own version of the character is because del Toro is just too busy to do it.
"The only thing that's stopping the third Hellboy film is the fact that Guillermo is one of the busiest guys in the business," he said. "He couldn't do it with all the stuff he's got lined up even if he wanted to."
Clarifying that his Hellboy films and the reboot "had nothing to do with one another", he added that he actively made the decision not to take part in last year's Hellboy.
"The reboot was something I had the opportunity to participate in and decided that the only version of Hellboy I'm interested in is the one I do with Guillermo and so in walking away from it, I truly walked away from it, and haven't seen it or heard much about it," he said. "I wished them well, but it was not in my bailiwick."
The reboot starred Stranger Things actor David Harbour as Hellboy, with Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church also featuring and Game of Thrones and The Descent director Neil Marshall in the director's chair.
With del Toro too busy to make a third Hellboy movie and the reboot version unlikely to get a sequel – according to its star Harbour anyway – it seems we won't be seeing the half-demon on the big screen again anytime soon.
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