Most moviegoers may not know Doug Jones, but they have almost inevitably seen one of his roles.
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Though Doug Jones doesn't have any speaking lines in The Shape of Water, the movie wouldn't have been possible without the actor's uncanny ability to seamlessly embody and bring to life the humanoid fish creature at the heart of the film's romance. But the process of becoming the character meant a few concessions. He couldn't poo while in costume, folks.
In almost every single film Guillermo del Toro's made, the director creates vivid, imaginative, unforgettable creatures. He also famously writes long, elaborate backstories for all of his characters, whether they ends up on screen or not. So, in The Shape of Water, you'd assume del Toro crafted the ultimate backstory for arguably his most important creature ever.
In Guillermo del Toro's latest film The Shape of Water, a mute cleaning lady falls in love with a mysterious fishman. It's a weird premise, to be sure, but nothing about how it's handled feels weird. Instead, del Toro's film is poetic, sumptuous, emotionally complex, and yet almost strikingly simple in its narrative.
Video: Any time Guillermo del Toro makes a movie, we take notice. And when one gets reviews like The Shape of Water is getting, we also become very excited. A new featurette adds to the anticipation by providing new footage of, and info about, the film's mysterious fish man. That said, it also goes a little too far.
Guillermo del Toro hasn't made an undisputed great movie in over a decade -- specifically 2006's Pan's Labyrinth, a truly breathtaking work that set the bar for the director's work very high. Since then, he's made many films with varying degrees of success but nothing that's come close to Pan. However, according to the early reviews, it sounds like his new film The Shape of Water might live up to del Toro's potential.
You likely know the name Doug Jones -- he's the man behind the mask of countless monsters, aliens, heroes and demons ranging from Buffy to Hellboy to Falling Skies to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer to The Strain. Now he's bringing his particular talents and his tall, thin frame to Nosferatu's titular vampire.