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'Hellboy 3' could be shelved for good

Ron Perlman stars in Hellboy. (Handout photo)

Ron Perlman stars in Hellboy. (Handout photo)

Actor Ron Perlman has given up pestering director Guillermo Del Toro to move forward with another Hellboy sequel, because they are both too busy.

The Sons of Anarchy star tackled the title role as the giant red demon in two action movies, both shot by filmmaker del Toro, and Perlman has been eager to reprise the part of the comic book superhero one last time.

However, after years of campaigning for his pal to pull the trigger on a third instalment, he has finally come to terms with the fact his dreams for the project may never be realized.

Speaking at New York Comic-Con over the weekend, the actor admitted the topic doesn’t even come up in discussions with his frequent collaborator.

“We don’t talk about that anymore,” he told fans, according to ScreenRant. “Because he’s busy, and I’m busy. Maybe one day he’s going to call and say, ‘Hey, let’s do it’. But for right now? We’re happy discovering new worlds to conquer.”

The original 2004 film was made on a budget of $66 million and grossed $99 million worldwide, with its 2008 sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army making back almost double the initial investment of $85 million.

While there may be no Hellboy project on the horizon, Perlman and del Toro have continued to enjoy a good working relationship, recently reuniting for upcoming animated series Trollhunters, on which the actor voices the character of Bular.

They are also reportedly preparing to start work on Pacific Rim sequel Maelstrom, which is set for release in 2018.