In another life, Avengers: Endgame star Jeremy Renner would have donned the red horns of Hellboy and appeared in Guillermo del Toro’s original movies.
That’s right, before Ron Perlman was cast in the comic book adaptation, Renner was approached to play the title role in the Mexican director’s dark fantasy… which gives us all kinds of headaches.
First of all, Perlman is literally the only actor we can imagine wielding that unstoppable stone fist (sorry David Harbour!).
Chatting on actor Justin Long’s podcast Life Is Short, Renner explained that he turned down the role even though there was “a lot of money” on the table.
“I was just reading the script and [was] 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.”
But following Hellboy and its sequel’s popularity, does he regret not jumping on board?
“No, there’s zero regrets, zero,” he noted. “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’s a good or bad movie, it’s not about that… I just wouldn’t have fit there.”
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At the end of the day, had Renner agreed to play the half-devil/half-man, the MCU would have probably been without his ace version of archer Hawkeye, so we’re more than okay with his decision.