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Ron Perlman may be trying to give Johnny Depp a run for his money on the “nicest guy in Hollywood” title.
Spectral Motion, the effects house behind the look of Ron Perlman as Hellboy, received a Make-A-Wish foundation for a young boy named Zachary. He wanted to meet and become Hellboy, the star of two movies, a few animated specials and numerous comic books. Of course how could they say “no” to such a request, but it was the extra surprise that warms the heart. From the company’s Facebook page:
In the past three weeks, Spectral Motion has been honored to host two wonderful Make-A-Wish children, Caleb and Zachary. Zachary loved his visit for two very special reasons. It was Zachary’s wish to meet Hellboy and also to become Hellboy. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted Spectral Motion with this request, Mike thought it would be fantastic to have Ron Perlman reprise his role for the day. Ron loved the idea and donned the makeup once more (with the assistance of Lufeng Qu and Eden Elizalde) and also ordered a Hellboy sized meal of burgers, shakes, and fries for Zachary and his family and the entire Spectral crew to enjoy. Later in the day, Zachary was transformed into Hellboy with the assistance of makeup artists Lufeng Qu and Neil Winn. Both of the Make-A-Wish days were a complete thrill for the families of the children, as well as for the crew at Spectral Motion!
Considering all the crazy things you always hear about Hollywood stars, you have to tip your hat to Mr. Perlman. Back in the time of the movies it would take up to four hours to put him in the costume, and while I can imagine they cut a few corners for this event, it was still sure to be a lengthy process.
I’m sure it’s a day Zachary won’t forget any time soon.