Ron Perlman Is Conan’s Dad

Ron Perlman is one of the coolest looking people I’ve ever seen, and he’s also a badass, as illustrated by his role in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy”. You’ll be able to see him on the big screen this Friday, playing opposite Nicholas Cage in the absurd looking, and potentially mind-blowing, “Season of the Witch”. In addition to that role, Perlman is in the “Conan the Barbarian” remake.

In an interview with The Examiner, Perlman talked about his part in that film:

I play Conan’s father. There’s big-time sword action. But I’m only in the movie for 10 minutes. I can’t tell everything, but the first sequence is huge. It’s epic. All I can tell you is that I work with the Conan who’s 11 years old. And there’s a jump cut to Conan the adult, and I’m no longer on the scene. I don’t want to give away anything.

I never worked with [Jason] Momoa, who’s the adult Conan. I only worked with this kid [Leo Howard], who’s a phenomenal actor. And he’s like a North American champion of swords since he was 4 years old. He had a black belt [in martial arts] by the time he was 4. He’s a swordsman and he’s mind-boggling. He made me look like a piker.

Perlman also went on to speak about potentially working with director Guillermo Del Toro again in the near future:

He [Del Toro] was trying to do “Mountains of Madness.” That’s been his number-one labor-of-love movie that he’s been trying to do for a number of years. I think that was the one he identified as the next one he’d like to do. Because I’ve been away working and he’s been away doing other stuff, I haven’t had a chance to catch up with him personally to see everything’s going and where everything is at.

I hope there’s a third “Hellboy,” simply because he always thought of it as a trilogy. And when he set up that [Liz Sherman, Hellboy’s love interest] is pregnant with twins at the end of “Hellboy 2,” he kind of sketched out what the third “Hellboy” movie would look like. It’s so theatrical. It’s so epic. It’s so dark.

And also, we have to find out about the Hellboy destiny. It’s written in stone that he’s going to destroy mankind. That’s what he’s been brought to Earth to do. So the whole dialogue between nurture and nature gets to live itself out in the third “Hellboy” movie. But if there’s no third one, then the audience doesn’t get to see any of that.

You can read the full interview here.

“Conan” begins brutalizing movie audiences on August 9, 2011.