Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Professional Hellboy portrayer—and amateur Hellboy enthusiast—Ron Perlman apparently got a little too boisterous in his recent demands for a third film in the apocalyptic franchise. Speaking at a Comic-Con panel for his Amazon series Hand Of God, the gravel-voiced actor revealed that he’d had to “call studio executives to apologize” after stirring up a modest social media firestorm in support of a potential Hellboy III.

It’s not clear what Perlman felt he needed to say sorry for, exactly, as there haven’t been any reports of pitchfork-wielding fishmen or pancake-proffering protesters gathering in Hollywood to demand the film be put into development. (Especially since Guillermo Del Toro has remained non-committal on whether he’d ever be able to put together the funding to get it made.) Still, some movie executive somewhere got to hear a grumbled mea culpa from the “War never changes” guy, and that was probably a pretty big thrill.

Having thoroughly apologized for trying to stir up interest in what he still optimistically refers to as “the Hellboy trilogy,” Perlman then went right back to doing that thing he said he was sorry for doing: “If there’s a real honesty to fan culture relationships, we owe the world the finale of Hellboy. We set up the whole film. It’s a deal we made (with fans). I don’t want to do Hellboy IV or V. I want to finish the fucking trilogy!” At present, nobody has suggested alternate fundraising methods for financing the movie, which is a shame, because a Ron Perlman Social Media Swear Jar could probably get this sucker greenlit faster than you can say, “Let’s make this motherfucking movie!”