I have no idea where this rumor originated — a fair bit of Googling hasn’t revealed the source — but someone somewhere floated the idea that Ron Perlman might co-star in “At the Mountains of Madness.” The ever-unreliable IMDb even lists Perlman as a rumored castmember.
I was unaware of all this when Guillermo Del Toro stopped by the Newsroom on Wednesday afternoon to chat about his newest vampire novel, “The Fall.” Our talk soon turned to “Mountains,” an adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s Antarctica-based horror tale that del Toro is set to direct with an assist from producer James Cameron. In the midst of talk about the potential cast, del Toro kicked us word about how Perlman — the star of his two “Hellboy” features — figures into the project.
“All I can tell you is if Ron Perlman is free, he will be in,” del Toro told us. “I wrote a part for him. He read it and if everything falls in place, Ron Perlman has a role in it written specifically for him.”
So we can now shift this bit of cinema gossip from “rumor” to “reality.” Whether Perlman is free and able to sign on is another question. Del Toro is currently deep into pre-production on the film, and there’s no firm word on when shooting will begin. But whenever it does, del Toro is hoping Perlman is on board.
“Ron plays Larson, the sort of dog guy, the guy that cares for the dogs and the sled — the part of the expedition that is dog sleds,” he explained. “It’s a fantastic character. I really love him. He’s sort of a pragmatic guy, doesn’t care about science or the mythology or the cosmology. He just is a hard-boiled Nordic man, and it is written specifically for him.”