EXCL: Hellboy 2’s “Prince” Speaks


Goss is born into royalty

“I’ve got so many restrictions from Universal it’s ridiculous,” actor Luke Goss prefaces before going further about his role in the anticipated Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. The British actor who first landed on the Guillermo Del Toro map as Nomak, the Reaper, in Blade II was confirmed to have a place in Del Toro’s follow-up to Hellboy earlier this month. According to Universal he’d play, “A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below [who] defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures.”

When Shock catches up to the actor, who will next be seen in Unearthed this Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, we prod him politely for a touch more information. Goss plays it cautious, as if Universal has tapped this writer’s phone. “I play ‘the Prince’ and in simplistic terminology he’s the nemesis,” he elaborates. “The great thing about him is he’s not trying to take over the world, he’s a rounded character that’s not just driven by greed and I think people are going to enjoy the depth Guillermo brings to him.”

Thanks to an Academy Award nom and three wins for Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro has been granted a certain amount of freedom for Big Red’s next adventure, Goss says. In the next chapter, Hellboy is trying to temper a forthcoming battle between the creatures of fantasy and the human race. Leading the former into battle is Goss’ “prince” who, he adds, reflects many emotional shades. “Like with ‘Blade II,’ I’m a big fan of taking the maniacal out of anything. Certainly ten years ago it was like ‘bad guy’ meant ‘maniacal villain’ – they were great actors not in the best roles. Dr. Evil was created out of performances that were meant to be valid. From Guillermo’s script, without giving it away, let’s just say I’m a big fan of internal pain and anguish. All of these things elicit a truthful direction rather than just [fueled by] greed or ego. This character, the Prince, his father’s the King so…” Goss gets dangerously ahead of himself. “It’s just a bloody great role. Visually, it’s stunning.”

The actor is off to Budapest at the end of this month where he begins shooting Hellboy 2. Look for our full interview with him later this week.

Look for everyone’s favorite supernatural ass-kicker to return to theaters in 2008.

Source: Ryan Rotten