In 2007 he was cast as Silkard The Fish Vendor in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy 2 The Golden Army. Shot in Budapest, the creature appeared in the massive Troll Market scene, which contained many fantastic monsters, over 250 extras, a 7ft troll as well as Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and Hellboy himself (Ron Pearlman).
This full body suit puppet was again sculpted by Nigel Booth and featured a fully animatronic head. Brian manipulated the creatures long tenticles and used video goggles inside the silicone head to see the camera’s shot.
Del Toro liked the Silkard so much he lent his voice to him in the movie and the irony that the man inside the Fish Vendor’s name was Herring wasn’t lost on him! To see a clip of Brian and Hellboy in action click HERE.