Stranger Things Star David Harbour Thought the Show Was Going to Be a Failure


Stranger Things has garnered a laundry list of accolades for its thrilling storytelling and terrific acting, including six Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe nominations (and counting). However, one of the show's biggest stars—soon-to-be Hellboy David Harbour—recently admitted that he did not have much faith that the show would succeed.

"When we were shooting it, about four episodes in, I thought 'Yeah, no one's going to watch this,'" Harbour, who plays the series' beloved Sheriff Hopper, said on an episode of the WTF With Marc Maron earlier this year. "I thought ... 'I'm not good, and it's not good.'"

"And it didn't help that, we were all working hard, but we were in a bubble," Harbour continued. “I just thought it was like, you know, in a long line of failures ... I had grown very cynical. But so this was one of those opportunities where my expectations were really low ... And so before it came out, I was scared."

Harbour has been involved in plenty of hit-or-miss projects, and he thought Stranger Things was going to be a major miss even during the weeks leading up to the series' release.

"I was actually doing a play with a guy who was on a very successful TV show,” Harbour explained. “And like three weeks before [Stranger Things] came out, there were no ads in New York. No ads on buses, nothing. And then a week before it came out, no ads anywhere. I talked to [the actor] and was like 'There's no ads. Is that a bad sign?' And he was like 'They're burying it. They're trying to bury it.' And I was like 'Oh my god. My one f***ing shot, and they're burying my show.' And then it came out, and it was like a zeitgeist."

"They claim now that they did it on purpose, where people claim ownership over it because they discover it and then they tell their friends," said Harbour, who won a Critics Choice Award for his role as Hopper. "And it is kind of brilliant, when you think about it, if that is the case."

The ultimate sign of the show's popularity is the nonstop hype for the third season, which is expected to arrive in summer 2019.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]