You'd think that if most kids were given the opportunity to meet their favorite superhero, you'd think they'd select Spider-Man or Batman or others of their caped ilk. But when a little guy by the name of Zachary was approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he told them he wanted to meet Hellboy. And not only did he want to meet him, he wanted to become him.
That’s when the call went out to actor Ron Perlman, who played the charming crimson devil in the two film adaptations of the Mike Mignola created comic series, and he graciously obliged to putting on the broken horns, the trench coat, and Fist of Doom once again. While Ron was getting suited up, Zachary went through the process as well, getting red paint and prosthetics applied to his face, just like his hero.
Kudos to the coolest of cool, Ron Perlman, for stepping up and being a real hero. Also, a big thanks to Spectral Motion for taking the time and effort to bring Hellboy to life for this kid. Here’s a message from their official Facebook page, where they talk about how it all came together…
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!