Ron Perlman was the first actor to bring Hellboy to life on the big screen, debuting as the Dark Horse Comics character under Guillermo del Toro’s direction in 2004, followed by the two re-teaming for 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Despite this cinematic saga being envisioned as a trilogy, Hellboy 3 never moved forward, though that hasn’t stopped fans from championing for it over the years. Ultimately Perlman is still game to do a third Hellboy movie, despite being, as he put it, “71 fucking years old.”

When the first Hellboy movie came out, Ron Perlman was just days shy of turning 54, and as of this writing, he’s three months away from turning 72. So obviously playing such a physically-intensive role like Hellboy would be more challenging now, and Perlman acknowledged to The Independent that he’s not “eager” to do Hellboy 3 because of his advanced age. That being said, he feels it’s necessary to make one final movie to wrap up this story, saying:

We owe this to the fans and we should give it to them because it would be an epic conclusion. So Guillermo, if you’re reading, I’m not done pounding you to get this fucking thing done.

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