Daniel Robert Epstein talked to Hellboy star Ron Perlman and got a few tidbits:
Daniel Robert Epstein: Besides Hellboy what has been necessary for your work in terms of reading comics?
Ron Perlman: Well, Frank Darabont is a really close friend of Guillermo’s and they share a boyish passion for comic books. The first time I ever met Frank was in a comic book store here on Melrose in Los Angeles. In aisle three we had a long, wonderful meeting and he told me I had to read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and everything that Alan Moore wrote. Then Watchmen came up because [Hellboy producers] Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin have the rights to make the film version of that. They were pushing for me to play the Comedian.
Perlman is also into a graphic novel about Charles Fort by Peter Lenkov and Frazer Irving:
Ron Perlman: I got into Frank Miller’s stuff because I’ve become pals with Mike Richardson who is the publisher at Dark Horse. Mike and I are actually talking about taking on the character of Charles Fort, which Dark Horse published a graphic novel about [Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained] and is a real character out of history. He’s another investigator of all things mysterious, unnatural, unexplainable, turn of the 20th century guy. So I’m steeping myself in that.