Remember when I waxed about what a nice guy Guillermo del Toro is? Believe it or not, there may be someone nicer in Hollywood: Doug Jones.
You probably haven’t seen Doug’s face a lot, since it’s often hidden under make-up and masks. Doug has been, in most of his best known roles, a suit performer – a guy who wears the monster outfit in a movie. And usually Doug just supplies the moves of the monster, while someone else (David Hyde Pierce in the first Hellboy, Lawrence Fishburne in Fantastic Four) gets to deliver the lines. But Hellboy II is a change of pace, in that Doug is not just the man in Abe Sapien’s skin this time (among other characters, like the Angel of Death and the Chamberlain), but he’s also the voice of the character. I think it makes all the difference in the world.
But yeah, Doug’s insanely nice. Just the sweetest guy imaginable. He’s sunny, friendly and kind, making his many monster roles more than a little ironic.
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