David Harbour does not want to be called ‘Hopper’ anymore
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David Harbour does not want to be called 'Hopper' anymore

The Stranger Things actor David Harbour has said that he is tired of only being recognised for playing the Hopper character in Netflix’s science fiction TV series. The fifth season of the Duffer Brothers show is waiting to be filmed after the actors’ and writers’ strikes come to an end.

In a new interview with Insider, Harbour has revealed his plans to stop acting in TV series once the fifth Stranger Things season is completed so that he can focus solely on performing in movies. Harbour has previously starred in Brokeback MountainRevolutionary Road and Hellboy.

“I’ve been on Netflix, but this was a small original movie that’s going to a cinema,” Harbour said of the film Violent Night. “A whole new world opened up for me with that. I like this playing field. I want to make original movies that go to the movie theatres.”

The actor is keen to walk away from primarily being known as his Stranger Things character. “I think about that a lot, he said. “It’s a funny position I’m in, which I never thought I would be in,” 

Harbour continued, “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.”

Drawing reference to another famous actor leaving a successful TV show, Harbour noted, “I think about George Clooney leaving ER. 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.'”

Harbour seems to find the balance between accepting his most famous role and trying to move away from it “tricky”. He said, “You don’t want to shit on the people that love you for this thing that you did that you also love,” he concluded. “But at the same time, you kind of want to leave the nest. I got more in me.”