Ron Perlman May Have Role in 'At the Mountains of Madness'
After collaborating to great results on both Hellboy movies, actor Ron Perlman and director Guillermo del Toro have a great working relationship and friendship. Therefore, we're not completely surprised by MTV's report from a recent interview with del Toro that there's a role in his forthcoming adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's classic novel At the Mountains of Madness that was written specifically for Perlman to take. The director said, "All I can tell you is if Ron Perlman is free, he will be in. I wrote a part for him. He read it and if everything falls in place, Ron Perlman has a role in it written specifically for him." Sounds good to me.
Luckily, del Toro went on to talk about the role tailored specifically for the actor and it sounds quite badass:
"Ron plays Larsen, the sort of dog guy, the guy that cares for the dogs and the sled — the part of the expedition that is dog sleds. It's a fantastic character. I really love him. He's sort of a pragmatic guy, doesn't care about science or the mythology or the cosmology. He just is a hard-boiled Nordic man, and it is written specifically for him."
Knowing little to none about the work of Lovecraft in literature, I can't speak as to whether or not Perlman is a good fit for this role. However, the actor has proven to be a commanding force on-screen in comedic and dramatic capacities (especially in his turn on FX's series "Sons of Anarchy"), so I'm guessing all will be well. Of course that assumes that the shooting schedule for the TV series will allow him to shoot the film when the time comes. Shooting on At the Mountains of Madness isn't slated to begin until May and del Toro even said it's too early to begin officially casting anyway, so we'll be waiting a little longer for any real developments.