Ron Perlman Describes His Conan the Barbarian Role
01.06.11 by Ryan
Mickey Rourke was initially offered the role of Corin, Conan's father, in director Marcus Nispel's Conan the Barbarian reboot, but the role eventually went to actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army) instead. Perlman, who's out promoting Season of the Witch, recently talked to Examiner about his Conan role and revealed a few details on what fans can expect from the upcoming reboot.
I play Conan's father. There’s big-time sword action. But I'm only in the movie for 10 minutes. I can't tell everything, but the first sequence is huge. It’s epic. All I can tell you is that I work with the Conan who’s 11 years old. And there’s a jump cut to Conan the adult, and I'm no longer on the scene. I don't want to give away anything.
I never worked with [Jason] Momoa, who’s the adult Conan. I only worked with this kid [Leo Howard], who’s a phenomenal actor. And he’s like a North American champion of swords since he was 4 years old. He had a black belt [in martial arts] by the time he was 4. He’s a swordsman and he’s mind-boggling. He made me look like a piker.
Howard played the young version of Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and isn't the only G.I. Joe actor in the movie. Said Taghmaoui (Breaker) plays one of Conan's allies and Rachel Nichols (Scarlett) plays love interest Tamara.
Conan the Barbarian opens August 19, and co-stars , Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, and Bob Sapp. Based on the character created by writer Robert E. Howard, the 1982 Conan the Barbarian starring Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired two sequels, 1984's Conan the Destroyer and 1985's Red Sonja before being mercifully put to rest. The reboot hopes to reignite the franchise.