The always worth reading movie web site www.chud.com just posted a really, really interesting set visit report from Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Here’s the link to that.
The fellas at Chud have a longstanding buddy-buddy relationship with Guillermo del Toro, and their man Devin gets a great look at the sequel-in-progress. Here’s a tid bit:
Big is generally a good way to describe Hellboy II, which doubles and possibly triples the scope of the original, while not costing all that much more. ‘I don’t think people are expecting this movie,’ del Toro told me, and I have to agree. If you think Hellboy II is going to be a retread of Hellboy – ie, a smaller, more character driven quirky superhero pulp movie – think again. This is going to be a huge, character driven quirky superhero monsters and mythology movie.
It was the monsters that del Toro felt were missing from the first one, and Hellboy II has some forty-odd monsters in it, ranging from all-devouring CGI tooth fairies to a tadpole vendor that is a man in a giant suit with facial features controlled by remote. I watched as a six foot eight man was transformed into the Tadpole Vendor, and stood in awe as the fully suited monster turned and looked at me, eyes and mouth moving.
In the immortal words of Bob Costas: “You’re excited? Feel these nipples!”