David Harbour desperate to avoid being known as 'HOPPER' for the rest of his career
David Harbour is keen to avoid being simply known as Hopper from Stranger Things for the rest of his career.
Though his role in Stranger Things is undoubtedly what he is best known for, the actor has an impressive movie CV which includes features like Violent Night, Quantum of Solace, Hellboy, Black Widow and Gran Turismo.
He will reprise his role as Red Guardian from Black Widow in Marvel's upcoming Thunderbolts movie.
It is clear that Harbour will be very particular about which roles he chooses once Stranger Things ends.
"It’s a funny position I’m in, which I never thought I would be in," he said in a conversation with Insider.
"The first year of ‘Stranger Things,’ I remember having a discussion with a publicist and her saying, ‘Maybe you don’t want to be associated with the show so much,’ and I was like, ‘Why? I love this show. I love the character.’
"And I do love the show. And I do love the character. But I don’t want to be just that character. I don’t want to be just that guy."
Harbour inspired by George Clooney's rise
George Clooney is now one of the biggest movie stars in history, but there was a time in the late 1990s when he struggled to shake off being known as one of the actors from ER. He managed it, and Harbour wants to enjoy a similar rise.
"I think about George Clooney leaving ER," Harbour explained.
"Now we just see him as George Clooney, but there was a time when it was, ‘The guy from ‘ER’ is doing a movie with Nicole Kidman.'
"I’m trying to navigate some of that, and it’s tricky because you don’t want to s*** on the people that love you for this thing that you did that you also love.
"But at the same time, you kind of want to leave the nest. I got more in me. I got different stuff in me, and I want you guys to see that. I don’t want people yelling ‘Hopper’ on the street every five minutes the rest of my life."
Stranger Things will conclude in 2024.
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