Ronald N. "Ron" Perlman is an American television, film and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Vincent in the television series Beauty and the Beast, as the comic book character Hellboy in both 2004's Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army and as Clarence "Clay" Morrow in television series Sons of Anarchy. Perlman is a frequent collaborator of Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro, also having roles in his films Cronos, Blade II and Pacific Rim. He is also known for his voice-over work as the narrator of the post-apocalyptic game series Fallout, Clayface in Batman: The Animated Series, Slade in the animated series Teen Titans, The Lich in Adventure Time, The Stabbington Brothers in Disney's animated film Tangled and as the narrator of the television series 1000 Ways to Die.
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I'm here at reddit eating a tuna sandwich. I just did a reddit AMA back in April. I can't believe you guys have more questions this quickly. Go ahead, ask away.
My new book Easy Street is now available on Amazon
Keep up with me on Social Media:
My latest show, HAND OF GOD, is now available on Amazon Prime.
And I'm also a part of the movie Book of Life, in theaters October 17.
Edit: Just can't believe the amount of love and support I feel whenever I interact as I do in these AMAs. So much more I'd love to share with you. And a good way to begin to address that is for you to go out and spend twenty-three fucking bucks on my fucking book. Oh, and I think the fucking audiobook's even cheaper. You have to pay less to hear my story in my voice than to hear it in your own.
Is there anything we fans can do at this point, to help make Hellboy 3 a reality? Thanks!
Edit: Thanks for the gold!
Probably just show as much enthusiasm for its eventuality as is possible. Because people are listening.
Can you tell us how you got cast as The Lich in Adventure Time?
I was the tallest.
That's why it's funny.
Victoria you can write that if you want to. You're my muse, and my typist.
What is your book about? I think Ron Perlman is probably a lot of things, but I never would have guessed "author."
It's about 295 pages.
What was 20-year-old Ron Perlman like?
I was never this funny until an hour ago.
If The Tick remake happens, will you reprise your role as Fiery Blaze? Please?
In a heartbeat.
Love me some Patrick Warburton.
Huge fan who is at a loss and can't think of any questions other than
"Should wishing for more wishes be acceptable in a genie situation or is it just taking advantage of the genie?"
No. I would... Jesus, these are some interesting questions. Always kick a genie when he's down.
What did you say to Sigourney Weaver after she made that crazy basketball shot in Alien Resurrection?
"NO you DINT!"
That's what I wished I'd said.
What is your favourite movie you've starred in and why is it Police Academy: Mission to Moscow?
Isn't that obvious? Have you ever SEEN Mission to Moscow?
How would you sell me " Easy Street" in 5 words?
You better buy this fucker.
I've now read your book twice and it's had a deep impact, how does it feel knowing your words can touch someone so deeply?
Because the book is more personal than anything else I've ever put out into the universe to date, getting that kind of feedback is more gratifying than you could possibly imagine.
Guillermo del Toro was on here a couple months ago and I asked him about the first time he met you.
> Ron was dressed in what looked like a Miami Vice suit, he had like a blue Miami vice suit, with a silver bolt in the back of his jacket, very very hardcore 1990s! Big shoulder pads.
Here is a link to his answer. Anything you want to add to the story?
I would like to add that since Guillermo made that jacket famous, the amount that it fetched on eBay is astronomical. Thank you very much GDT.
Hey Ron! I heard you were once set to play someone in Guillermo's Hobbit film(s.) Who might you have played?
Watching SOA right now!
Beorn The Bear, the Bear-man, I was going to do that when Guillermo was directing it.
RON!! HUGE FAN OF YOURS!!! There was a really big rumor going around that you and Jimmy Smits did not get along very well on the set of SOA due to his farting during your scenes. It sounds made up, but it’s a widely spread rumor. Any validity to this?
The only validity to that rumor is that it's made up. I love Jimmy.
Hi Ron, welcome back and thanks for doing another AMA.
During Guillermo Del Toro's AMA he said you are "secretly a fat man". If you could only have one dessert for the rest of your life what would you choose?
And was there any movie in particular that had the best craft services?
Well, first of all, thank you Guillermo for making it not so much of a secret. And second of all, whatever it is, it would have to be... just teeming with chocolate. I'm a choca-holic. I have my entire staff, you are looking at my entire staff, when you're looking at me. So when I want chocolate, I have to go to D'Agostinos and get me some.
Well, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN was shot in Paris. Need I say more?
Not a lot of movies have Fois Grois just randomly sitting out on the craft services table.
Just loved you in "In the name of the rose". How was it to work with Sean Connery? Did you tease Christian Slater about his awkward sex scene? How long did it take to apply your makeup in that movie?
I would love to answer those questions, not in order of how they were asked.
First of all, I insisted on rehearsing Christian's love scene so that I could instruct him on what a real man would look like with a woman of Valentina Vargas' obvious charms.
It took 4 hours to apply.
Working with Sean Connery was a pinch me moment. It was something that I would have never imagined within the realm of possibility. And he was someone who i had never imagined would be as cool as I was imagining he would be. And I was happily wrong on both counts.
If I were to ever see you in a hotel, or other public place, would it be cool if I asked to take a picture with you?
Does anyone ever walk up to you and ask you to say "War, War Never Changes"?
Ron! You fucking made hellboy. I am not a big comic book movie fan, but I can watch Hellboy over and over. Is there any chance of a Hellboy 3 at this point, and is that something you would look forward to doing? I am sure the make-up and prep is a huge pain, but the suit looked great.
I think Hellboy 3 is the best thing we could do for the fans that were so devoted to the first 2 films. And I argue for it every day.
Have you ever played Fallout 3 or Fallout: New Vegas?
Now I want to see the jacket.
Sold it on ebay.
Any funny stories from the set of SOA?
Does your tuna sandwich have celery in it? It's not a real tuna sandwich without the tasty crunch of celery.
Goddamnit. I knew there was something wrong with this piece of shit tuna sandwich. Bring me the person who ordered this and fire them immediately.
Wait, I take it back.
I feel like I want to throw my cell phone at somebody right now.
One of the things I noted in your wiki page is that you have been married for over 30 years, which is impressive in Hollywood. What advice would you give to someone wanting to stay/maintain a long term relationship?
Also, will your character show up in Pacific Rim 2?
Any good stories you want to share from the sets of Hellboy or Pacific Rim?
Learn how to say the following:
"You are so right, darling."
Yes, absolutely. That's all I have to say on the matter.
How did you get casted for The Punisher: Dirty Laundry short film? Did they write the role just for you?
I'm good pals with Tom Jane. When he was getting ready to shoot, he asked me if I would consider doing it. Didn't take long to say yes.
Why did they cast Will Ferrell as Mugato in Zoolander, when they could have used you with far less makeup?
I couldn't have been half as funny as Will was in that role. Or any role, for that matter.
Tell me...does war really ever change?
What can I say?
What was the weirdest thing you found red makeup on after filming the Hellboy movies?
My phone and my zipper.
Hi Ron! Was your end credit scene in Pacific Rim planned from the beginning or something that you and Guillermo cooked up? I was pleased that Hannibal didn't die and cut his way out like the bad ass you are! You also were fantastic as Clay on SOA. Much Love!
Hannibal was supposed to die in the movie. The thought to keep him alive by having him cut himself out of the Kaiju's belly was an afterthought after the film had already been shot.
My girlfriend is at work and asked me to pass along this question:
How did you like working on City of Lost Children? Is it different to work with French actors and a French crew?
(girlfriend is French, btw)
It was a magnificent experience, working on City of Lost Children. The beautiful thing bout cinema is that it is a universal language, and it is executed the same way the world over. So working with French crews and actors is more something that's coincidental than it is definitive.
What size fitted hat do you wear?
Not really sure. But I have really large hands, if you know what I mean.
What music are you listening to these days?
Still listening to a lot of Sinatra, Tom Waits, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and a li'l Rachmaninoff thrown in.
You obviously have a big enough fanbase, and you've got the look and chops for it, so why is it that (with the exception of Hellboy) you've never really starred in an action film as the leading man?
It's mystifying, isn't it? But if you'd like to see me in more mainstream roles, please write your Congressman.
Got a chance to work with you oh so briefly on Hand of God.
First just wanted to say thank you. I was all nervous walking into that day but after chatting with you at lunch before shooting I felt a lot better.
Secondly how did you feel about the new "let the viewers help decide the pilots" thing amazons doing nowadays?
Just grateful that Amazon is in the original content business, adding to what is turning into the golden age of television.
Is that tuna sandwich made with Hellman's Mayo, or Hellboy's?
Just thanking god it wasn't miracle whip.
Once, my brother was part of one of these DVD clubs and he accidentally bought Hellboy. I was mad at him for his wasted purchase. As a goof a couple of nights later, we sat down and actually watched it. Listen... I admit i was wrong. Can you ever forgive me? I was wrong ok?
You have a characteristic that I have yet to discover in Hollywood or politics: the ability to admit you were wrong.
Do you happen to like apple sauce as much as I do?
Did you make the tuna sandwich yourself or did you purchase it at a Deli or similar establishment?
Follow up question: If you prepared the tuna sandwich, how do you typically make them?
The sandwich was purchased on my behalf. I'm not sure whether it came from a deli, or an actual tunafish on rye sandwich factory. My recipe for tuna is rather simple:
Just some mayo, some celery, and a fork.
How did you learn your russian accent?
Well, the first time I feel like I applied a Russian accent was the Police Academy movie, which we actually shot in Moscow, so everyone there helped me with how instructive they were at grappling with speaking english. But probably my greatest influence in learning the Russian accent was whoever the guy who played Boris in Bullwinkle.
Holy shit you're a published author? What's that like?
Boy, I would sure love it if you read the book and let me know what you thought!
The coolest thing about having written the book is hearing people's responses to it. So it's not really a finished exercise until it's received by the world at large.
What's your favorite childhood memory?
Playing ball with my dad. Tied with going to Yankee Stadium with my dad.
I remember seeing you years ago in an episode of Highlander as a "fake Methos". Even though it was one episode, it was memorable.
Is there any one episode or small role you've done over the years that you'd like to revisit?
Don't want to revisit any roles, but sure, I'm fond of a lot of the smaller ones that nobody got a chance to see.
What's the funniest story from your book Easy Street?
It's hard for me to pick one.
But the one that makes me laugh out loud when I think about it is my description of Nelson de La Rosa, the 27 inch man that Marlon Brando chose as his alter-ego in the film Island of Doctor Moreau.
What is your favorite brand of whiskey?
Not a whiskey drinker. Love me some Gray Goose vodka. And some Casa Amigos tequila. Maybe George Clooney will invite me to his next wedding.
What was the hardest and most fun you had filming the Hellboy movies? Thanks for making Hellboy awesome!
The hardest thing about the Hellboy movies was winning the role, and the effort it took for Guillermo to finally make that happen. All the rest of it was kind of easy and a real pleasure. What a character. What a filmmaker. What a cast. And the amount of love and resources that were poured into that project is rather uncommon in my field of experience.
And you're fast too!
How did you deal with constantly feeling like a total bad ass on the set of SOA?
Any chance you guys film a Hellboy 3?
It's definitely a part of the conversation that I have with Guillermo every time I see him. I, for one, would love to see how the Trilogy resolves itself. And I will fight for Hellboy 3 as long as my cold dead hands are not cold and dead.
What do you think of this current season of SoA?
I think it's number 7.
Has there been a role you've turned down, but regretted it later?
What's your favorite animal?
My dog, Nigel. He's a jack russell terrier and my best pal.
What is your all time favorite movie?
Godfather part 1.
If you, the real life person Ron Perlman, had a super power, what would it be?
Flying. But only first class.
Can you blush?
How would you feel about doing a Christopher Nolan movie?
Sure would love it if he asked.
And happy to take it from there.
Is tuna on rye your favorite sandwich?
No. Tuna on rye is tied with about 8 other things for my favorite sandwiches, among with is the Meatball Hero, Chicken Parmigian Hero - so not 8 other things, 2 other things.
Mr Perlman! I'm a huge fan, and so is my dad. For this AMA, he asked me to find out what your three favourite roles you've played are?
Almost impossible to choose. But if I had to, I would say Hellboy, Vincent, Judge Pernell Harris in Hand of God.
I'm really looking forward to reading your book! Are you reading it in the audio book? And you should consider learning Swedish and read the Swedish audio one as well. Your french was flawless!
Thank you. No Swedish this year. But we'll consider it.
Yes, have read the audiobook in English only.
Good afternoon, Mr. Perlman! Just digging into Easy Street as of this morning, and the audiobook helps my commute to work immensely.
A couple of questions, naturally:
A.) Vasilly Fet from The Strain was written with you in mind, but unfortunately you were unable to play the part in the TV series. Now that Sons Of Anarchy is off your plate, have you been approached to play any part in future seasons?
B.) Are you looking forward to revisiting Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim 2, and do you have any thoughts on where he can go to become even more badassed?
C.) Favorite Sinatra song? Have to ask from one fan to another.
Thanks for your potential answers, thanks for this AMA, and go Hellboy 3!
1) I hear Kevin Durand is killing it in the role. So absolutely would never consider replacing him. But would love to address maybe doing something else in The Strain down the road.
2) Would love to revisit Hannibal. And completely throw myself at the mercy of Guillermo whose invention Hannibal was in the first place. And who is unsurpassable in where he can take a character in his most unique imagination.
3) My Funny Valentine.
Greetings from brooklyn..can't wait to meet you tomorrow! Question: what magazine would you like to be on the cover of that you haven't been on already? Is there a movie/tv role that you wished you were offered to do?
Or Good Housekeeping.
Which gun that you used in a movie is the best?
I kind of felt a little differently about the 357 Magnum than any other gun that I've ever fired. Don't quite know why. I suppose it's a combination of grace and power.
How long did you have to learn French before filming City of Lost Children? Was it as awesome an experience as it seemed?
Quite an awesome experience. Because I was onscreen for almost every moment of the film, it appeared I had to learn a lot more french than I really did. In actual fact, all of my dialogue fit on one page, so it was not as big a lift to learn the French I spoke in the movie as it appeared to be. But a complete and utter pleasure.
Has there ever been any discussion of you and Jeunet working together again?
There was a movie that he made last summer that I was supposed to be in, but there was a conflict with the dates, so that wasn't able to happen. But there is a huge desire on both of our parts to reconnect.
I have a question.
A comment first though.
You are awesome. Whenever I start a new game in Falout anything, if people talk during your intro, they get smacked.
now, my question:
How did you become what the internet refers to as the Fallout Guy? Did you audition, did Black Isle and later Bethesda contact you? And did you ever think your line, "War... War never changes" would become so popular and well known?
Don't think anyone that went into the original Fallout game ever thought it would be the juggernaut that it has turned into, and certainly don't think anyone was thinking that any of the lines or references of that game would become iconic. Kinda just the luck of the draw.
Hi Ron,thanks for doing another AMA. Well,I've got your book Easy Street on order,I have Hand of God on my Prime watchlist and Book of Life is released a day before my birthday..I'm guessing that you had fun doing all of them,but which of them stretched your talents the furthest?
Difficult to answer. Loved every minute of each of them. Happy birthday.
How hard was it to train for Aliens vs. Hellboy?
Pretty much trained the same way for every movie. Particularly movies where I am called upon to be in decent condition. I do a combination of weight training and cardio. The thing that changes drastically when I'm working on a picture like that is diet. I cut way back on calories and try not to eat after 7 pm at night. I'm a chocoholic, I have to have chocolate every day, so every once in a while I'll skip a chicken breast so I can have a chocolate bar.
Your narration of City of Thieves was really amazing. Any plans to do any more audio book narration? I'd love to hear you read the Yiddish Policemen's Union.
I'm gonna check into Yiddish Policemen's Union, sounds fascinating.
No plans at the current time, unless of course I write it myself.
Hey Ron! Hope you're having a good day! Congrats on publishing your book! I'm gettting the audio version so I can hear you narrate your story. Does the book include stories about the movies you've made?
Absolutely, very much so. And the Audiobook is narrated by yours truly, and I sometimes get overly emotional in my narration.
For some reason I miss Clay on SoA. Any predictions on how it will end?