Following the announcement of the “Hellboy” reboot last year, one of the first casting reveals for the film was that of Ian McShane as Professor Broom – the elderly head of the B.P.R.D. and Hellboy’s adopted father whom John Hurt played in the Guillermo del Toro films.
One difference with the new take is that it will have an R rating and as a result will stick closer to the source material in some ways. Not necessarily all though says McShane who tells Fandom that he and Hellboy (David Harbour) have a different dynamic than what we’ve previously seen:
“You don’t start with the birth of Hellboy, but the relationship between [Hellboy and Broom] is quite crusty. Does he trust his father? [Hellboy asks], ‘Why didn’t you kill me? I’m a monster.’
It’s a little bit of a psychological battle against Hellboy. There’s one important moment in [the film] when [Hellboy] sort of thinks he’s fighting his own people, the outsiders. So, he’s being used by the insiders, which is me, if you like.”
McShane also confirms he’s playing his role “as a slight homage to John [Hurt]”. The comments come after the film’s star David Harbour spoke about the project with MTV recently and discussed how difficult the shoot was:
“It was the hardest job I’ve ever done. The action that I’m doing in the movie, the rolling around on the ground and punching — things that a 40-year-old man should not be doing — and on top of that, the tremendous amount of prosthetics and makeup, but at the end of the day we would shoot some pretty beautiful stuff. And pretty unique stuff for this type of universe.”
Harbour also added that a lot of the film was practical effects with fairly minimal CG. The new new “Hellboy” opens in January 2019.