Thursday, October 3, 2013

Doug Jones, Man Beneath the Masks



You have seen him but you may not have seen his face. His skill at bringing monsters and otherworldly creatures to life while buried under layers of makeup and prosthetics has given us some true movie magic in a world increasingly dominated by CGI. Doug Jones has brought some of our favorite monsters to life. He is particularly a favorite of Guiermo Del Toro when the moment calls for a real life creature. Doug was El Fauno and The Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth.



He is also the man beneath Abe Sapian in the Hellboy movies. Although David Hyde Pierce voiced Abe in the first film.


But he was not limited to our favorite blue paranormal investigator. In Hellboy II, Doug also brought The Chamberlain and The Angel of Death to life.


While these are his most memorable roles, he has had others. He was the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The voice of the surfer was provided by Laurence Fishburne, however. You might also recocnize him as the Ice Cream Man in Legion and as the Thin Clown in Batman Returns, one of his earliest roles. Most recently he has been lending his talent to the alien invasion series, Falling Skies on TNT where he plays the alien Cochise.


Doug has also branched out as a voice actor, voicing Abe Sapian in the animated Hellboy films, Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, and other short and independent films.  Doug is also a spiritual man, singing in his church choir, and is an active member of the Christian group, Media Fellowship International, which works within the entertainment industry. It is no surprise that many Doug Jones roles have a spiritual element to them.
On a personal note, Doug is a great guy in person. I met him at the Geek & Sundry Lunge during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer. He stayed to talk to fans and sign autographs after the screening of Rock Jocks, in which he played Smoking Jesus.

Doug Jones is a man of many talents. We know him best for bringing our favorite creatures to life.  He is also accomplished at bringing every day characters to life. His career has covered commercials, voice overs, webisodes, music videos, theater, television, short fims, independent films, and of course, feature films. I look forward to the next memorable creature he will inhabit on film and when he can showcase his talent in a starring role in a feature film that does not require so much makeup.

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