Don’t let actor Ron Perlman’s age fool you. Even at 65 the iconic actor who has had roles in Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy, and countless other films has begun using the powers of Facebook and Twitter to push for the final installment in what would be the end of the Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy trilogy.
He took to Twitter last week to pop this question, much to the delight of around 35,000 fans:
“Anybody out there wanna see #HellboyIII as much as I do? Let’s get this muthafucka trending, y’all! Let’s end the trilogy; we earned it!”
Now, I’m sure Perlman and everyone pulling for the last hoorah for the big, red reluctant hero understands that this is not a decision that will come overnight. It’s also not one that the fans can assist with through a Kickstarter or FundMe account. Nevertheless, the statistics don’t lie. What it really relies on is, of course, is the prior success of the other two films. The original came out making $33,000,000 more in worldwide sales than the cost of the film while the second made around double its budget of $85,000,000 in worldwide sales.
Not only does this clearly show the increased success of the Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro partnership, but think about this. Pacific Rim, another sci-fi/action film directed by Del Toro that included Perlman had a starting budget much higher than bothHellboy films together and made just less than double its money worldwide. That film has already been given the go-ahead for a sequel. This was a movie that had a much smaller fan base, and still might. At the very least this should give fans hope that the trilogy is still possible, especially because there has been no word to extinguish the heavy promotion from Perlman.