Interview: Actor Ron Perlman Talks ‘Hannibal Chau,’ ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ And ‘Pacific Rim’
With just a week and some change left until the world witnesses the next Guillermo del Toro picture, VIBE got a chance to chat with longtime collaborator Ron Perlman about his role in the sci-fi action-adventure flick.
The classically trained actor has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions. Born in Washington Heights, New York, the man who would be known around the world as Hellboy, begun his life overcoming bullies at a young age and went on to hone his acting skill at Lehman College. Over the course of his career, Perlman has worked alongside an array of colorful cinematic characters, including Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Brad Dourif, Ed Harris, Jude Law, Sigourney Weaver, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci to name a few.
The self-described “un-bankable star,” managed to earn multiple Golden Globes for his roles on TV as Vincent (Beauty and the Beast), Slade (Teen Titans) and Clarence “Clay” Morrow (Sons of Anarchy). His charm and menacing wit has afforded him a healthy career as a character and voice actor. After starring in Guillermo del Toro’s films Cronos and Blade II, the pair created a partnership that produced critical acclaim — 2004’s Hellboy. With a sequel in the books (2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army), much noise has been made for a third film.
Movie fans will have to have patience to see if Hollywood green lights another project, but they don’t have to wait long for another Guillermo del Toro / Ron Perlman project. On July 12, the duo teams up again for Pacific Rim, a sci-fi action-adventure picture also starring Sons Of Anarchy co-star Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. The plot finds humanity’s near future in jeopardy, as giant monsters identified as “Kaiju” have risen from a portal in a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean, which results in a war that quickly consumes mankind’s resources. To combat the monsters, a special type of weapon—massive robots known as Jaegers—are created simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.
While Ron does not start off the action during this film, he plays an important role as Hannibal Chau, the head of a group of scavengers who get to Kaiju remains first and sell pieces of the corpses on the black market. With Ron only on-board as a supporting character, he still manages to steal the screen whenever he appears.
VIBE got a chance to chat with the Master Class actor about the creation of Hannibal Chau, how he uses “Jewish guilt” on Guillermo del Toro, what movie fans can do to help Hellboy 3 become a reality, and more.
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