Destination: Memorabilia At Universal Studios
The “Universal Experience: Behind The Scenes Of Universal Pictures” Has Hellboy Exhibit
Before becoming the box-office champ opening weekend, the star of Hellboy II: The Golden Amy, Ron Perlman was immortalized in a new movie memorabilia exhibit at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Perlman says it is a great source of pride for him to be part of the new Universal Experience. “It’s almost too much for me to accept, because I am such a devotee of the studio, and a movie freak,” reports the man who plays the red-skinned devil-hero in the summer hit.
The Hellboy mask that completely transformed Perlman is on display, along with models of the characters from the movie and posters. The items are right next to dinosaur models from Jurassic Park, and mechanical shark drawings from Jaws. Across the way is the “phone home” transmitter from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Kevin Bacon’s space suit from Apollo 13 and Gregory Peck’s briefcase from To Kill a Mockingbird.
“It’s a big surprise to me that I’m included in the studio museum, among all the memorabilia from the classic movies. To be part of that big quilt that encompasses the history of movie making is a big ‘wow.’ What kid doesn’t dream about that? I certainly did,” says Perlman.
“I don’t think there’s any nobler art form than cinema. I’m just such a fan of the movies, and the people who came before us and made the movies and starred in the movies in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, etc. And now into this century. Those are amazing artists,” praises Perlman, who takes his place among them.
“The Universal Experience: Behind the Scenes of Universal Pictures,” was created to celebrate the studios’ historic movie heritage. And all the movie memorabilia can be seen by visitors to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park with admission.
The Academy Award for The Sting is on display, and much more. The “Universal Experience,” provides an extraordinary, close-up view of never-before-seen props, costumes, artifacts and special effects items pulled from many of Universal’s most celebrated productions.
In addition to the Hellboy stuff are numerous other props on display, including the Book of the Dead from The Mummy, the Book of Who from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Toby Maguire’s trophy from Seabiscuit, military props from All Quiet on the Western Front, and an authentic WWII Enigma machine use during the filming of U-571.
Costumes and wardrobe include garments worn by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in the film Atonement; Cate Blanchett’s regal period pieces from Elizabeth; Steve Carell’s argyle “date” sweater, bicycle and Iron Man superhero doll collectible from The 40 Year Old Virgin.
Guests can see original set designs created for the Psycho house, storyboard for Jaws and mechanical drawings for “Bruce the shark” used in Jaws.
Interactive trivia and film clip kiosks give a lively hands-on element to the guest experience, at Universal Studios Hollywood, called “the Entertainment Capital of L.A.”
It’s a fun place where Hellboy hangs out.