A Minute With: Ron Perlman on "Season of the Witch", "Hellboy"

Fri Jan 7, 2011 4:17am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Actor Ron Perlman stars with Nicolas Cage in supernatural medieval thriller "Season of the Witch," which hits theatres on Friday.

Perlman plays Felson, a rugged, straight-talking comrade-in-arms of disillusioned 14th century Crusader Behmen (Cage).

The two men are charged with delivering a girl, suspected of being a witch and the cause of a devastating plague, to a remote monastery where powerful dark forces are unleashed.

Perlman, 60, sat down with Reuters recently to discuss the movie, working with Cage, the prospects of a third installment of the popular "Hellboy" franchise and his fear of getting back on stage after concentrating on films in recent years.

Q: Why did you decide to play the part of Felson?

A: "I love the character. I'm actually more comfortable being a sidekick, because I don't get blamed if it is a complete disaster. I really liked ... his mindset, I liked his irreverence. In the world of seriousness, he's a guy who thinks it's all bullshit. He's just in it for the whores and the sword fights."

Q: How was it working with Nicolas Cage?

A: "It exceeded my expectations because he is a movie star who doesn't behave like we think a movie star behaves. He's absolutely the very first one on the set when they knock on the door to get us to come down and start the shooting ... There's no ego, there's nothing external. It's all about the work ... He knows when it's his moment, he knows when it's your moment and he's very willing to make you look as good as you possibly can."   Continued...

<p>Cast members Nicolas Cage (L) and Ron Perlman pose as they arrive for the premiere of the film "Season of the Witch" in New York January 4, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>