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The Most Famous Actor You’ve Never Seen


(pleasant music) – For 31 years I have been
acting in major motion pictures and TV series, but you
may not recognize my face. I’m Doug Jones. I am an actor. (pleasant music) (pleasant music) I got into acting out of a
need, almost, to be validated. And it was at Ball State University that I discovered the art of mime. It was a very visual form of communication and entertainment. Little did I know that this would be early training grounds for the career that I was going to have in later years. I had no idea. After moving out to
Hollywood-land in March of 1985, I’m thinking, “Okay,
now’s the time to pursue “this acting thing.” My fourth booking was for
a McDonald’s campaign. That got my kinda hooked
into, oh, he’s that tall, skinny guy who wears stuff
and moves well in it, and doesn’t complain while doing so. My first feature film was Batman Returns. I got that audition because
of my contortive legs. In the credits it says,
Thin Clown, which kind of, it’s kind of self descriptive, isn’t it? I have been in over 150 productions. That would include everything
from feature films like “Hocus Pocus,” “Hellboy” One,
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” The faun in “Pan’s Labyrinth”
was a page turning career moment for me. “Fantastic Four: Rise of
the Silver Surfer”; I played the Silver Surfer. “Star Trek: Discovery as Commander Saru.” And most recently, “The Shape of Water.” So when asked about how
long does the makeup take, it, depending on the creature,
it can be anything from a suit going on
and zipping up the back or a makeup that is applied
to you from head to toe. For instance, as Commander
Saru on “Star Trek: Discovery,” it’s around two hours a day,
which is mercifully short. Flip side would be an Abe
Sapien from the “Hellboy” movies. So that’s one of the longer ones. That took seven hours a day. Wearing rubber bits that gets everything that you think it would be. It is hotter than you
want to be, it is heavier than you want it to be,
it is more isolating than you want it to be,
you can’t always get access to your naughty bits
to go pee if you want. Why go through all of
this makeup application, the time that it takes? You can create monsters with VFX now. I think people like to watch other people, so even if that person
is playing a monster, they wanna connect with
a human’s interpretation and performance of that monster. It’s old school cinema magic. I kind of get the best of
both worlds when it comes to being a public celebrity. The bigger movies I’ve been
in, and the bigger things that I’m known for, I look like this, and then on the street, I’m
just a tall, skinny guy. That’s a gift. Now that I’m in a movie
like “The Shape of Water” with 13 Oscar nominations, I’m
getting recognized in public a little bit more. But it’s still not to the point where I, where I have people hiding
in my bushes, hoping to get a snapshot of me topless. That’s not happening yet. (pleasant music)

100 Comments

  1. Piaw0under Author

    I actually know him, because I was so fascinated by his performance that I started to google him and dug around a bit. He's super talented!! 😍

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  2. Van Fahnel Author

    If I was him and had performed this awesome characters through out the cinema world, I would have never ever revealed my identity.
    Beeing anonymous is the only think, that will protect you against the stupidity of mankind.
    I would have just told my familiy and best friends, nobody else.

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  3. -Belue- Author

    THIS WAS THE MAC THE NIGHT GUY?!…This guy is all my FAVOURITE people in all the movies! I LOVE THIS GUY!…ABE SAPIAN (ABE SAPIAN IS ADORABLE), THE CREEPY DUDE WITH THE FREAKY EYEBALL HANDS in PANS LABRYNTH (THAT MOVIE WAS TOO GOOD AND WEIRD…I LOVE THAT!)…I LOVE THIS GUY! I WANNA BE HIS FRIEND!…I mean, ABE SAPIAN! SOOOOO CUTE! This guy is now my FAVOURITE DUDE EVER! 😎😎😎😎😎

    AGAIN, my fave from childhood (Sooo weird! I loved it!)…THE MOON MAN, MAC THE NIGHT!…I called home m THE MOON MAN back in the day! 😂🌛😎👏😎👏😎…

    My mom, dad, me and my 11 year old nephew went to see THE SHAPE OF WATER 😳…cause we thought it would be a cool, standard Fantasy movie…During the freaky deaky scenes my nephew covered his head with his jacket…Then he randomly poked his head out and said all loud…"THANKS GUYS! YOU RUINED MY CHILDHOOD!" 🤣🤣🤣

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  4. Jose Portillo Author

    I actually read about him cause i wanted to see the amount of times it takes to apply the make up, on him for his roles, and i saw that he has his face hidden for most of his roles and thought, that's cool, i want to be just like that, so i aspire to be like him, the chameleon actor many people don't see, but is standing in front of them

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  5. themacenic Author

    Me saco el sombrero…que extraordinario hombre…sus criaturas me espantaron y me fascinaron al mismo tiempo…y enterarme que es la misma persona…guau!

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  6. Bill Bailey Author

    All the money and job satisfaction without the hassle of fame.

    Others have the fame (or infamy) without the cash – and all the hassle, paparazzi, buying theme parks for the day on credit. . . That sort of thing.

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  7. Dr Roric Author

    Jokes on you Mr Jones……i'm in your bushes……

    ( seriously though i love all of Doug Jones work because most of the movies he played a monster in was from my childhood or growing up or recently)

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  8. ashton vickers Author

    God I love Doug he’s amazing, been a fan for a while I really think he’d be perfect for a remake of the phantom of the opera like he’s perfect for Gaston Leroux’s description of Erik

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  9. Hagane Tsume Author

    I see…
    Because his roles is always requires him to act in some kind of masks, he can't really express emotion besides his voice. The one thing similar between his characters is they all very rely on body language to communicate with the audiences.

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