Star Trek: Discovery actor Doug Jones, who portrayed Abe Sapien in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy films, says he was offered a role in the upcoming reboot (also titled simply Hellboy) - but had to turn it down.
"There was a chance that a cameo might have happened, but not as things progressed," Jones told The Hollywood Reporter. "Reboot means recasting, and I'm told this first reboot does not have anybody in it from the original film. I received an offer to do a cameo, but I was deeply immersed in Star Trek: Discovery when that offer came in, so I couldn't do it."
Abe Sapien isn't the only comic book character Jones has portrayed. He also physically played the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Laurence Fishburne dubbed his voice) - a role Jones says he'd return to, given the opportunity.
"When I did the Silver Surfer in the Fantastic Four sequel, I had a three-picture deal. There were plans to have the Silver Surfer role doing more," Jones explained. "I'm not at the studio level, so I have no idea what happened from there. I was onboard then, and I would be onboard now if the Surfer ever came back. He's a beloved character and I would love to play him again."
Director Adam McKay has expressed interest in making a Silver Surfer movie, something Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said he's open to discussing.
Hellboy is due for an April 12 theatrical release.