David Harbour, who plays Chief of Police Jim Hopper in the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things, seems to think that his role on the former has now led inextricably to his role on Neil Marshall’s Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.
While speaking with Yahoo! Movies recently about the news, Harbour was quick to credit his role in Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things, to him landing the role of Hellboy.
“I would not be doing Hellboy if it wasn’t for Stranger Things, no. I would not. A lot of people responded to it. It’s got a lot of elements — Hopper is a very complicated character and has a lot of levels. And he is heroic, but he’s messed up, and I think they want this for this Hellboy as well.
[Hellboy] is very rich. I think the films did a certain thing, the comics do a certain thing. Hellboy is kind of a neurotic, messed-up individual who’s destined for a horrible fate. He’s destined to become the beast of the apocalypse. Whenever he shows up and does the right thing, people throw beers at him and show up with pitchforks and he still manages to do the right thing. I think it’s funny and it’s sweet and it’s weird, and hopefully I can bring that to it as well.”
My take: I don’t draw any parallels between Hellboy and Hopper because there are few if any that I can see, but I will say that Stranger Things has done wonders for Harbour’s career. It has opened a number of doors that were probably closed before his appearance in Stranger Things. The trick? To ensure Hellboy does well at the box office, because if it doesn’t, if it tanks, it takes with it Hollywood’s newfound goodwill towards Harbour, which may be the last time such an opportunity arises for the actor.
Strike while the iron is hot, but make sure you aim well.