Doug Jones, Guillermo Del Toro’s favorite actor, will attend the Ottawa edition of the Comiccon this week end. We had the chance to interview him.
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What has been your most challenging role, and why?
Thirty years of creature roles, and all of them have their challenges. Most recently, the Amphibian Man in THE SHAPE OF WATER was physically challenging with a head to toe rubber fish suit/make-up, but also the emotional story I had to bring to the camera as the romantic leading man of the film ... as a merman.
What do you get out of meeting fans?
I love meeting the people who have been watching my movies and TV shows all these years. They so often come with stories of how a certain film or show I was in entertained, inspired, or changed their lives in some way. Those stories keep me going through the next project.
What’s your best on-set memory?
So many touching, fun, funny moments happen while filming. The day a film wraps is always special with a sense of accomplishment. Wrapping PAN'S LABYRINTH was especially fulfilling. I went into that movie convinced I would fail with the physical difficulties of the make-ups and the paragraphs of dialogue in a language I don't speak. So when we wrapped, I realized in an instant that I actually pulled it off!
Of the actors you’ve worked with, which one has impressed you the most?
For her on-camera magic - Sally Hawkins. For his charisma - Ron Perlman. For the amount of material they can handle on an ongoing series with such commitment to the story - Noah Wyle and Sonequa Martin-Green.
What’s been the best thing about being part of the Star Trek family?
I have loved being part of a beloved franchise that affected my own childhood and beyond.
Of all your projects, which one are you the most proud of?
I have to be proud of all of them, or I shouldn't have been involved in the first place. One stand-out is an indie film I did as a regular guy in a title role that was written specifically for me - MY NAME IS JERRY. And in the mainstream, THE SHAPE OF WATER will always hold a special place in my heart, including its 13 Oscar nominations and 4 wins, including best picture.
Do you know any French words or expressions?
Oui. And that's about it, sorry to say.
What is your favourite movie?
If I had to go to a deserted island and could only take one DVD with me, it would be SOMEWHERE IN TIME, with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Romantic and fantastical.
Of the roles you’ve played, which one do you think would make the best cosplay?
Many of my characters have been portrayed by cosplayers, and I'm always so impressed. The difficult, detailed ones I've seen include Silver Surfer from FANTASTIC 4, El Fauno from PAN'S LABYRINTH, Billy from HOCUS POCUS, Abe Sapien from HELLBOY, and the Angel Of Death from HELLBOY 2.
Can you tell us what the last text message you sent/received was? Who was it to/from?
I received a photo from my wellness coach Steve Atlas with his dad, telling me that he is a personal hero.
What’s the last thing you watched on your phone?
The music video for Michael Bolton's "Go The Distance."
When you’re not filming, what’s your favourite hobby?
I love writing, and I have just started a novel loosely based on me from 15 years ago.
Where do you normally watch movies or series?
I'm old fashioned and prefer watching TV on my actual television, and movies in the cinema. But if I miss a film in the cinema, I'm happy to see it on a big screen TV with a great sound system.
What’s the last video you saw that made you crack up?
A feature film I did with Mira Sorvino, BENEATH THE LEAVES will be playing at Cannes Film Festival this May, and later this year will be the releases of GEHENNA: WHERE DEATH LIVES; THE TERROR OF HALLOWS EVE; and my lifelong dream, NOSFERATU the remix. I'm also currently filming season 2 of STAR TREK; DISCOVERY, airing starts early in 2019.