Avengers actor Jeremy Renner recently revealed that he was considered for the lead in Guillermo del Toro’s big screen adaptation of Hellboy. However, after reading the script, he turned down the role, which ultimately went to Ron Perlman. Why? He just didn’t understand it.
In a new interview, Renner confessed that he has no regrets about turning down the part. “I was just reading the script and [thinking] like, ‘I don’t get this…’ I just couldn’t connect to it. I said, ‘I can’t find a way in (to this character), I don’t know what I’d be doing,’ so I had to say no.”
Unlike the 2019 release, which is R-rated, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies were hits the box office, even though fans of the comic books felt they were softened to appeal to the masses.
When Renner was asked if he regretted his decision to turn down the movie, he said no. “There’s zero regrets, zero. Most of the time it’s like, ‘Oh, I’m glad I didn’t do it,’ and it made sense to me. Not just Hellboy or whatever it was, and I’m not saying that it’s a good or bad movie, it’s not about that… I just wouldn’t have fit there.”
Renner seems to like, or need, more realism when it comes to the characters that he plays on the big screen. Don’t expect to see him in any Hellboy films anytime soon, especially after the lackluster reboot.