David Harbour Discusses 'Black Widow' Casting Rumors (Exclusive)

The leading man also discusses how he was transformed for 'Hellboy'!

Is David Harbour the latest actor to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe!?

ET’s Kevin Frazier caught up with the rising star at CinemaCon 2019 to discuss the reporting that he’s being enlisted for a role in the upcoming Black Widow standalone film, starring Scarlett Johansson. However, he remained cagey on confirming the news, while also admitting he knows a great deal about the story and production.

"Yeah man, like I want to do the movie," he admits, later adding, "[Marvel would] kick me out so fast…[if I reveal anything]. Look here's what I will say. It's being directed by this woman Kate Shortland who is a phenomenal director. She directed a movie called Lore. She's a phenomenal director, so what's really exciting to me about it is it's gonna be like a real deep, interesting film. And so yeah, I'm just excited for it as a film as well as a superhero movie."

The 43-year-old actor also discussed becoming an action star now that he’s heading up the Hellboy franchise.

"It feels like a lot of pressure to get to the gym," he shares, adding, "I don’t love working out, I have to tell you it's like not my favorite thing. I really enjoy sitting on a couch. But now that you become 'action star of the year' [quoting Frazier] … it probably means you have to work out year-round not just when you're doing a movie."

Frazier also mentioned that if he were joining Black Widow, Johansson would be in shape when arriving on set, to which Harbour concurred, stating, "Yeah, she'll be in far better shape than me, but that's fine."

Speaking of Hellboy, Harbour discussed the elaborate daily makeup routine it took to turn him into the lovably brash comic-book character.

"It was like torture. It was like 3 hours," he admits before adding, "No, it wasn't that bad. … I actually kind of got into it as it went on. Like, I spent so much time in it. It was three hours a day and the first couple weeks, you're just miserable and then I started to fall in love with Hellboy's face and, like, identify with [it] much more than my own face. And so I kind of like got really into it. Like I get in the chair, I get kind of excited, you know?"

The leading man, who rose to fame for portrayal of the paternal Sheriff Hopper on Stranger Things, was tight-lipped about the upcoming third season but did reveal that, like the new promo teases, there will be plenty of romance for the show's teens this time around.

"You know, it's a summer season and … I’ll tell you this: In some ways, it's like the summer of love in Hawkins in various forms," he says. "...It's also got monsters and all kinds of stuff too, but in a lot of different ways I would characterize it as the ‘summer of love’ season."

Hellboy arrives in theaters on April 12, while Stranger Things returns to Netflix on July 4.


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