Interview: Ron Perlman Talks ‘Hellboy’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and Choosing Projects (video)
With Sons of Anarchy almost finished filming this seasons episodes, Ron Perlman will soon be out of work. “I don’t have to go back to work until May,” he said. “So, I spend all that time when I’m free, instead of vacationing, I’m working on other movies. I love working.”
He has been working quite a bit, appearing most recently in the fantastic Pacific Rim. He was also in the very funny Frankie Goes Boom where he played a transsexual. Like he said in a roundtable interview at Comic-Con: “Dude, I’m up for anything.”
I love his choices as an actor; both in choosing his roles and the way he portrays a character on-screen. He’s always smart, interesting and sometimes damn funny.
In the interview, he talks about the possibility of another Hellboy movie, choosing his projects, if he watches his own work and of course, Sons of Anarchy.
For the full interview, check out the video below.
Sons of Anarchy premieres on Tuesday, September 10th at 10pm
Ron Perlman: I’ve heard of him.
There’s a deal with Universal and Legendary now? Do you think a sequel is more like you now?
Ron Perlman: I don’t think in likelihoods, that’s for other people to worry about. I just think it’s something worth fighting for and I’m fighting for Hellboy 3 every day.
That would make the fans really happy.
Ron Perlman: I do know that Thomas Tull is a very big fan of Guillermo [Del Toro]. He’s a very big fan of Hellboy as a character. I don’t know how he feels about me, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he couldn’t be persuaded that this third installment, which has got to be epic because of the nature of how it all resolves itself, is worth putting some resources behind.
There’s another big franchise I’ve thought about and I think you would be perfect for it. It’s coming in 2015, Star Wars. You would be the perfect villain in Star Wars. Would you be up for a role in that?
Ron Perlman: Dude, I’m up for anything. I’m out of work in about 3 months. We finish shooting Sons of Anarchy. If there’s a season 7, I don’t have to go back to work until May. So, I spend all that time when I’m free, instead of vacationing, I’m working on other movies. I love working.
I love working on characters that are really unique, really interesting, really smart and have a kind of stink to them.
How do you choose the projects you want to work on? Is it just mainly character or maybe a combination of the director and the cast?
Ron Perlman: Strangely enough, I’m not in control of my career as much as people give me credit for being. The projects choose me. The only way I would say “no” is if I really don’t think I’m… I could be an asset. But if I read something that they send me and it’s really, really smart and unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I can’t guess what’s happening 3 pages from now and I love the character, 99% I’m gonna say “yes.” As long as it fits into the schedule and as long as they’ve put together a package of people that I really want to work with.
But that’s the way most of my work comes. Something will arrive and I will have to decide whether… but if I don’t understand the character or feel the character when I’m reading it, then that’s the only reason I would probably say “no.”
Do you watch your own stuff?
Ron Perlman: Very rarely. I mean, you have to. If you’re in Pacific Rim and you’re going to the world premiere, you have to stay because if they introduce you to a theatre of 7,000 people and then you sit down and all of a sudden you get up when the movie starts, people tend to notice.