David Harbor reveals he called Green Lantern pal Ryan Reynolds for advice on surviving a ‘huge flop’ amid Hellboy’s box office disappointment
David Harbor turned to Ryan Reynolds for advice when Hellboy was on the brink of flopping.
The Stranger Things star, 47, has revealed he went to the 45-year-old actor for reassurance that he was ‘gonna survive this’ as the Canadian star had the same with his 2011 movie Green Lantern.
Speaking to the latest issue of GQ Hype, he said: ‘I know [Ryan] a little bit. I called him and I was like, “Hey man, I just need to know something. You know ‘Green Lantern?’ Huge flop for you. What the f*** is that like, because I think I’m going to hit that right now. Am I gonna be okay? Am I gonna survive this?”‘
Advice: David Harbor turned to Ryan Reynolds for advice when 2019’s ‘Hellboy’ was on the brink of flopping (pictured May 2022)
David played the titular demonic hero in the 2019 revamp directed by Neil Marshall, but it was savaged by critics and bombed at the box office.
The Black Widow actor previously admitted he can see why the project was a bad idea because audiences simply cherished Guillermo del Toro’s two Hellboy movies too much to give the fresh flick a chance.
Speaking on Instagram Live in 2020, he said: ‘I think it failed before we began shooting because I think that people didn’t want us to make the movie and that for some reason we thought could be reinvented and then they certainly – the loudness of the internet was like, “We do not want you to touch this.”
‘And then we made a movie that I think is fun and I think had its problems but was a fun movie and then people were just very against it and that’s people’s right but I learned my lesson in a lot of different ways.’
Surviving: The Stranger Things star, 47, revealed he went to the 45-year-old actor for reassurance that he was ‘gonna survive this’ (pictured April 2022)
Someone who understands: I called him and I was like, “Hey man, I just need to know something. You know ‘Green Lantern?’ Huge flop for you. What the f*** is that like, because I think I’m going to hit that right now (Reynolds pictured February 2022)
Guillermo’s Hellboy films starred Ron Perlman as the Dark Horse Comics character and were hugely popular with critics and audiences alike. He had planned to make a third movie but it was scrapped due to a lack of funding.
After Del Toro dropped out of the project, Perlman was quick to follow with Nerdist reporting he didn’t want to do a third film without Del Toro.
Harbor previously claimed the reboot was fundamentally flawed because there were too many voices contributing to the project.
Beloved: Guillermo’s Hellboy films starred Ron Perlman as the Dark Horse Comics character and were hugely popular with critics and audiences alike (Ron Perlman pictured in 2004 film)
Different flavor: Harbor likened his 2019 movie to chocolate and desrcibed that he wishes there were better ways to compare movies (pictured as Hellboy 2019)
Likening the project to chocolate, he explained: ‘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 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.’