David Harbor, star of the new Hellboy movie, recently reflected on the “major problems” that the film faced. One of the big problems it seems is that there were too many cooks in the kitchen.
“We did our best, but there’s so many voices that go into these things and they’re not always going to work out. 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.”
He also thinks that the movie suffered unfairly from being compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Harbour used chocolate as a metaphor to explain how people compared Hellboy to Marvel movies.
“The problem that I have with comic book movies nowadays is that I think, and it’s a result of the power of Marvel stuff, it’s like chocolate, it’s a flavor. So everybody goes chocolate is delicious and these guys make the best chocolate. So as you judge the movies, it’s like, ‘Well it’s not as chocolatey as this, this does not taste like chocolate at all’. And I sort of want a world where there’s more flavors than just comparisons to chocolate. So in that way when Hellboy is viewed on the chocolate spectrum, it does very poorly.”
But Harbour has hopes that people who see the film in the future will enjoy it.
“I think as a rental or as a movie that you see on an aeroplane, I think you’d be like, ‘Oh that was fun’ because it’s a fun movie, and I think it was unfairly bludgeoned as a result of these comparisons.”
Directed by Neil Marshall, and starring Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church, the new Hellboy movie earned $40 million on a budget of $50 million.