Thanks in part to creature effects house Spectral Motion and Ron Perlman — best known to us small screen fans for his role on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” –a young child’s dream to become one of Perlman’s most famous characters from the big screen became a reality. Rather than try to explain how exactly this was set up ourselves, we’ll let the official statement from Spectral Motion’s Facebook page (which has some additional photos of the event) sum it up:
“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!”
From a TV standpoint, here is what makes this gesture by Perlman all the sweeter. For much of this year he, along with many other actors, has been hard at work on the “Sons of Anarchy” set — which traditionally means incredibly long work days in hot weather. Not only did he find the time to spend with Zachary for this particular meeting, but he also underwent the Hellboy transformation — which takes hours and is not exactly comfortable in any sense of the word.
With all of this in mind, there’s really nothing we can do other than give Perlman and the design team a massive round of applause for doing something just out of the goodness of their hearts. For those curious, season 5 of “Sons of Anarchy” should return to FX in the fall.
Photo: Spectral Motion