Ron Perlman To Play Speakeasy Gangster

Actor Ron Perlman recently spoke at Rhode Island Comic Con about his Fantastic Beasts ‘goblin’ character:

Although he has a confidentiality agreement, Perlman proved he wasn’t bounded by anything other than his artistic integrity. Filming the role on a week before his R.I. Comic Con appearance, Perlman revealed he plays a two-and-a-half-foot goblin in the eagerly anticipated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the upcoming film inspired by the book of the same name by “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling.

“The movie takes place in 1914 Manhattan with Newt Scamander, who’s this magician who comes to New York to buy the girl he’s trying to win over a little exotic gift, and he gets caught up with this thing and he comes to my nightclub,” Perlman said. “I’m a gangster who owns a speakeasy. He comes to my nightclub to get information and so I have this one scene in the movie with Newt and his friends. Newt is played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, who was in “The Theory of Everything” … And I steal the movie. I’m like the Donald Trump of acting. My acting is so good. You’re not going to believe how good it is.”

While we know the movie is actually set in 1926, no 1914, it’s also of interest to note that he says Newt came to New York to win over Porpentina with an ‘exotic’ (animal) gift.

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