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Sunday, June 10th: EVERYONE IS BACK June 12, 2007

Posted by Dougie in Filming.
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So great to finally have everyone here.  Old buddies Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Selma Blair (Liz Sherman), Jeffrey Tambor (Agent Manning), and Brian Steele (a few of our bad guy creatures) all arrived for a final week of rehearsals, meeting up with us, who were here a tad earlier, Luke Goss (the haunting Prince Nuada), Anna Walton (the enchanting Princess Nuala), John Alexander (Johann Krauss), and myself (that yummy fish filet).

 

RON PERLMAN

Oh my word, how I love this man!  2 days before filming began, we had an on-camera make-up film test.  During filming, we have seperate make-up trailers, but for this day, we were in chairs next to each other.  I don’t think I can adequately express how it felt to watch Hellboy and Abe come together, piece by piece in the mirrors.  It was like finally getting back to that fun summer camp to see all the friends you missed during the year … only it’s been 4 years.  Brothers Red and Blue are back, and it just feels right.

 

THE SNAPSHOT

It is so good to have another actor going through the kind of make-up application that I am.  At the end of that make-up test day, with Ron getting pulled out of his 5 hours of demon bits, and me getting pulled out of my 6 hours of fish bits, we were both in our own worlds of clean up.  When all our prosthetic rubber bits had been removed and unglued, that’s when I hear a deep voice say, “Hey Dougie”.  I reply, “Yes, Ronny?”  I turn to Ron, who is looking at me with glue streaks, sweat, and red smears on his face, as I look at him with glue streaks, sweat, and blue smears on my face.  He locks eyes with me dead-pan for a beat.  Then in his good-natured sarcasm … “There has to be an easier way to make a living.”  I just smiled at him, knowing he loves being Hellboy.  He smiled back, knowing I love being Abe.  No words necessary.

 

SELMA BLAIR

This may sound redundant, but oh my word, how I love this woman!  Selma had me doubled over laughing one day as we were being driven to a rehearsal together, telling about the paparazzi guys on bikes that spotted her on the streets of Budapest just that morning.  Imagine what YOU might look like while out walking your dog before the day has actually started, and then picture your feelings as 3 different bikes stop with professional cameras snapping at you with zoom lenses.

 

THE STUDIO PARTY

We are the first film ever to shoot in brand new studio facilities just outside Budapest.  So, the Hungarian studio hosted a little welcome party in our honor, a little over a week ago.  While taking a big bite of my “typically Hungarian fish stew”, a nice local man from the studio asked me how I liked the food.  What an unfortunate moment to have a mouth FULL of fish fat.  Doing the gentlemanly nodding of the head with my eyebrows up, trying to be gracious, Selma sees into my eyes and said in front of everyone, “You hate it, don’t you.”  Dear me, I love this girl.  She says whatever we are all thinking, but would never say out loud.

 

JEFFREY TAMBOR

Yep, you guessed it … oh my word, how I love this man!  Jeffrey is possibly the funniest man ever.  Everything he says is done with this serious face and such conviction, but when you listen to how ludicrous his words are, well, he is just delicious.  One day as we were finishing up a rehearsal of the last scene in the movie, Jeffrey has a troubled look on his face, walks over to Ron, Selma, and me, and says, “Ok, so, what are the early signs of depression again?”  We all cackle laugh, but without skipping a beat, Ron pulls his sun glasses down, points to his eyes, and says, “this is one.”

Then Jeffrey informed us how much he’d love to stay and chat, but he had an audition in 20 minutes for a Hungarian porno flick about a middle aged Jewish fellow.

 

THE CAMERAS ROLLED, FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH

Well, a new personal record has been set.  My pick up time at the hotel for our first filming day was (drum roll) … 1:15am!!!!!  That really isn’t even today yet … that’s still yesterday, right???  My last record early call time was 2am.  What job was that on, you ask?  Why “Hellboy 1”, of course.

What an exciting day for all.  Guillermo del Toro was his usual little boy self, with the film set seeming like his big sand box full of toys that he had invited us all to play in.  Truly a gifted man with a knack for growing the ultimate creative environment.  The gifted Guillermo Navarro is also back as our Director of Photography with his talented team of usual suspects … yep, the dream team that brought you the Best Cinematography Oscar for “Pan’s Labyrinth”.  I’m not sure if we are making a movie here or having a lovely family reunion.  Both, I’d say.

The first set-ups were all in the hallways of the BPRD Headquarters, our home.  Jeffrey and I started the day with a very long walk & talk down a long hallway, negotiating 3 turns and 4 steps … and yes, I’m partially blind.  Came off without a hitch, thankfully, and we moved on to a more complicated set-up with 40 BPRD agents running around the hallways, and Ron, Selma, and I had to round a corner, come up those 4 steps, and end up on certain marks.  That’s when it happened.  I now have the honor of “Hellboy 2’s” first blooper.  Right on Selma’s heels, my feet got tangled in hers, I missed one of those 4 steps, and performed a most uncoordinated ker-plunk to the floor … yeah, something like a fish flopping around on the dock just after being pulled from the water.  So here’s my question:  Is it really a compliment when the DVD editors come up to you smiling to congratulate you on being the first piece of footage for the bonus features?

Another highlight of the day was sitting in my set chair between scenes.  I had my eyes closed, finding my happy place, when I heard Jeffrey’s voice.  He knows what a day like this is on me, so as I open my eyes and come to, I see his hand in my face with a wet, white wad on his fingers.  In his distinctively dry humored voice, he asks, “There you are.  Would you hold my gum?”

By the time I had wrapped for the day, been cleaned up, and driven back to the hotel, it was now over 19 hours later.  Delirious, but happily content from the day, and knowing I didn’t have anything to do until the next night’s party, I closed the blackout curtains in my room, put the Do Not Disturb sign on my door, and fell into the most satisfying slumber at 9pm … and when did I finally wake up?  At the crack of 1pm the next day … 16 hours later!!  “Oh Dear Me,” thinks Dougie, “This could be one long shoot.”

 

THE KICK OFF PARTY, SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH

Our entire production company took over a swanky restaurant and courtyard for a wonderful night of frolick.  Dougie ate lots of odd food, drank some cola and orange juice (not together, silly), and danced until glistening … that sounds better than a sweaty mess, right?  It was on the dance floor that a lovely British woman from our production office approached me and said, “Please forgive me, but I have to do this” … oh dear, what on earth was this woman about to do?  Something unseemly?   Then I became very complimented as she incorporated a “Pale Man” pose from “Pan’s Labyrinth” into her dance, open palms on forehead and all.  “I’m so sorry, but I just loved you in that movie,” she continued.  And now I love her too.

Two other highlights from the night include the on-set sound mixer, Mac Ruth, coming up to me and telling the very insecure Dougie how much he likes my voice as Abe already.  A sweetheart of a guy who did not have to say that, as it’s his job to listen to voices … and I dedicate this blog installment to the two lovely fellows from our visual effects company, Double Negative, who took turns asking, “So when are you going to update your blog?”

Well ….. tomorrow’s pick up time is 3:15am (yeah, still feels like tonight, doesn’t it),  so Dougie is off … but just a little!  (That joke never gets old, I tell ya).

There’s Love!!!! —- Dougie

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1. Katie - June 13, 2007

Hahahaha, that certainly does sound like a blooper-reel worthy moment. =] I’m not sure if they had one of those on the first one, but I really hope there’s one this time around!

Certainly a wonderful group of people there. I’m sure there’s never a dull moment, huh. (Wait, that’s a dumb question to ask… sorry!)

Just be safe and get as much rest as you can. I still would like to see you at Mid-Ohio-Con later this year… in one piece and well-rested, of course!

2. Riddick - June 13, 2007

It was a great report! Many thanks for this update Doug!

You certainly do not have a lot of time for you, it is really kind to share with us all these moments!
I hope you will have your section on the DVDs, lol!

How is it to look at you with a different face? It must be disturbing, no?

3. Gary - June 13, 2007

Glad to see that the shoot is going”swimmingly”…(sorry i had to say it,corny,I know)I hope all is well.Take care my friend and thanks for doing this blog to keep all of us updated!

4. Christine - June 13, 2007

Yay Doug!! I have been DYING to hear the gossip. Thanks for blogging.

I love Ron too!! I am so jealous, I hope to meet him someday.

God Bless!!

Christine

5. Olga - June 14, 2007

WooHoo…what fun! Thanks for taking the time to keep in touch with all your fans. What fun it must be to play daily in the Del Toro “Fantasy Sandbox”. Looking forward to your next update 🙂

Have you discovered any new local food treats you like (ie Goulash) or are you still doing the Golden Arches? lol

psst…The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer opens this Friday in Canada. I watched the London opening coverage today. It was wild! It opened on six screens. I look forward to seeing it this weekend.

6. Riddick - June 14, 2007

A special drawing for the blue fish…

7. Laura - June 14, 2007

Hi Doug! Cheers from Italy too!!! Take care of yourself and thank you to be so sweet and forthcoming. Take care of Ron too who’s my hero. Tell to Ron that I send to him a BIG kiss a HUGE hug!It’s from little time that I know you, but I must say that you are a wonderful person and an artist as you it is rare to find.
Cheers from Rome

8. Nashville is Talking » Finally! Someone Agrees With Me! - June 14, 2007

[…] Sample bit: I hear a deep voice say, “Hey Dougie”. I reply, “Yes, Ronny?” I turn to Ron, who is looking at me with glue streaks, sweat, and red smears on his face, as I look at him with glue streaks, sweat, and blue smears on my face. He locks eyes with me dead-pan for a beat. Then in his good-natured sarcasm … “There has to be an easier way to make a living.” […]

9. Cindy Luken - June 15, 2007

Wow Doug! This is fantastic! As a huge fan of Hellboy, you and Ron Perlman, I am incredibly excited to read your accounts of the filming.Hope all goes well for you both, and please keep blogging! A huge hug to you and to Ron ( will you pass his on to him for me?? )
God bless and take care!
Cindy

10. Phil Edwards - June 15, 2007

Sounds like you are having a quality time inbetween the periods of sleep that must be a blessed relief.

Keep on blogging. It’s great to hear what is happening with you, the mighty Ron, Mr Del Toro and the rest.

Can’t wait to see the finished movie.

Hopefully off to see Fantastic Four this weekend and reviews I’ve read have all commented on how brilliant the Silver Surfer is, especially the way he moves with such style and grace.

Keep up the good work

Phil

11. CosmicAvatar - June 15, 2007

Wow, it’s almost as good as actually being there. At least while I wait impatiently for the movie to come out, I can console myself with this excellent blog (you can credit/blame mizhelenuk for leading me here) and the knowledge that Hellboy Animated: Blood And Iron will be in my sweaty paws in a week or two. And I get to geek out over the Silver Surfer in FF 2 tomorrow! [/excitedgeeksaddo]

Looking forward to the next update.

12. Kristen - June 16, 2007

Very happy to hear your having a good time in Budapest. Also, I’m very impressed that you’ll be playing four characters in the upcoming Hellboy, I could barely play one role in our drama group.

I hope you continue to have a good time and I can’t wait for more news of your mis-adventures!

13. Julia Sternberg - June 16, 2007

I saw “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” yesterday. Whatever it is you did up in Canada, you did it well. The Surfer looks terrific (and shiny!). I just wish they’d used your voice; Laurence Fishburne sounded kind of monotonous. The rest of the movie was fantastic (…pun intended, I guess!).

Very glad to know that Hellboy 2 is going well and that you’re having a great time. Best wishes from NYC!

Julia

14. Claudia - June 17, 2007

Thanks for the blog updates.
My husband and I are tickled to read them!
Keep healthy, and enjoy this Budapest adventure.

15. Moin Syyed - June 18, 2007

dougie,your a credit to hollywood and will no doubt bring your unique charm to these very intresting new characters & i believe getting your moment to shine verbally has been a long time coming, THREE CHEERS!…I also agree you should’ve been the voice for silver surfer, laurence sounded a bit too ‘low’…:D. It must be intense working with the creative genius Guillermo Del Toro and i know you and him will be doing great things in hollywood where others fear to tread. Nice one!

16. Alexander Anderson - June 18, 2007

Hi Dougie,this seems a totally shameless plug but how about running by Guillermo the idea for a HELLSING movie, based on the graphic novels (Not ‘Van Hellsing)…lol…it’s strange how he seemed to indirectly mention in a interview with IGN when talking about ‘Pans Labyrinth’, and mentioning something about a vampire in the vatican as a contextual example (it exists in HELLSING! :p). I am sure he an avid anime fan and of DARK HORSE manga (of which it is now a member & which he’s probably read). That aside your work has been truly incredible and emotive.Budapest is rocking no doubt!

17. Genie - June 19, 2007

Hey Doug!! I love u LOTS. Just saw the silver surfer. I was SOOO cool. I can’t wait to catch you as Abe Sepian again. *hUGS*

18. Jared - June 19, 2007

Thanks for the updates, Doug. I have you bookmarked so I can continue to read of the escapades of “blue” and “red”. haha. Sorry you had to take a spill while shooting but think of it this way, it brings new meaning to the actors wish of luck, “break a leg”…which I hope you don’t. Keep up the amazing work, we love ya man. See ya next post.

19. Gearskin - June 19, 2007

Can’t wait for this film. Can’t wait for the next set of Hellboy/BPRD comics either. Arghhh! Such a long way off.

20. Genie - June 22, 2007

Hey Doug…..been waiting for you to update your blog since I read it a few days ago. How have you been doing all these while? Hope you are fine and enjoying yourself in all the hard work — your supportive fan / from Singapore.

21. the Garkain - June 22, 2007

“…she incorporated a “Pale Man” pose from “Pan’s Labyrinth” into her dance, open palms on forehead and all…”

Gold!

Love you.

22. Brenda Hann - June 22, 2007

Hello Doug,

Thanks for sharing your experiences,
it’s amazing to read and take a peek
at your work from your perspective, very
fun ! I loved the “glistening” vs. sweating
comment! I will quote you with my dancing
friends. I wanted to ask you, did your ever
go to the Goldston School for mimes workshops?
I went to one in 1999.

Looking forward to your next blog !

Brenda Hann
Los Angeles, CA

23. David Beck - June 23, 2007

Hey Dougie,

It sounds like you’re all having a wonderful time over there, don’t over-work yourself!

Man, every time I see you in a video interview or read one of your blogs you remind me of my best friend Jon, who is one of the nicest guys on the planet, your just an all around really nice guy and a terrific performer.

By the by I’m currently a senior at Ex’pression College For Digital Arts, about to graduate and start a career in the film industry myself. I very much hope I may be able to work with you at some point in the future. It would be wonderful to work with such a talented and nice guy.

24. Camilla Todd - June 23, 2007

Gawdness, i’m amazed you’re managing to blog at all, i’ve been on a regular tv-show set and seen the hours they keep – people are zombies by the time they stagger home! And you’ve got way longer hours with your make-up calls. I could never do it.
It’s wonderful to hear everything that’s going on set, so forgive me for being pleased you’re spending valuable slumber time keeping us all informed, heh.
Have an awesome time on set, i’ll be sure to check in here regularly! 😀

25. chris morrison - June 25, 2007

Hi Doug sound like you and all the others are having a blast im really looking forward to seeing hellboy and the gang again on the big screen along with indy, batman, iron man and the incredible hulk it’s going to be a blast in 2008, but hellboy is top of my list i love all those great characters. thanks to all involved im now a huge hellboy nut (and B.P.R.D of course) i do however have a few gripes about the new movie. as i am from the u.k, north east of scotland to be exact (well the aberdeen area ) we had to wait until september to see hellboy when it was released in september over here next time round i would like as im sure all other uk fans do a world wide same day release and last but not least hellboy : the golden army sounds epic so i would really love it if the number 2 was not in their… sorry for the rant doug as i loved the first movie. but could you please pass on my rants to Mr Del Toro and also tell him im a huge fan (i have all his movies on dvd ) and also say hi to the rest of the cast and crew thanks again love ya dougie

26. Katalin - June 27, 2007

Doug,

I’m curious as to how long they will be filming in Budapest, Hungary. Both my parents are from there, and I will be leaving to visit on July 18th, for 5 week. I’d love to check out filming since I’m very familiar with the location, and language….and I’m a professional photographer. P.S. Love your blog, make sure you try the Chicken Paprika.

27. Peter Tangen - June 27, 2007

Hi Doug!

I am so excited that production has finally begun on Hellboy 2! I am the photographer that spent 3 amazing days photographing you and the rest of the cast in Prague for the marketing campaign. To this day it is one of my favorite shoots that I’ve been lucky enough to work on! To anyone else reading this I have to say that being in the presence of Abe Sapien is an extraordinary event! Doug is such a graceful man and we were all in awe of him.

Doug, I’d love to be asked back again, let me know if you have interest in seeing me there in Budapest! I can be reached at peter@petertangen.com.

I wish you continued success and another amazing experience on Hellboy 2!

Peter

28. Sasha Tane AKA Scott Alexander Young - June 28, 2007

See local Budapest film pundit on the topic of Doug’s blog and local film buzz, here at http://www.pestiside.hu/archives/stars_descend_on_budapest_while_painful_cliche_decomposes_in_kecskemet003285.php

In English, of course…


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