Five Favorite Films with Hellboy II's Doug Jones
The erstwhile Abe Sapien also talks up Guillermo del Toro and a potential Frankenstein film in our full interview.
You may not know it, but you've seen Doug Jones' work. One of the best physical actors in Hollywood, he has performed under heavy make-up and special effects as the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the "Gentlemen" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and gave life to both The Faun and the Pale Man in Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning horror-fairytale, Pan's Labyrinth. This week, Jones reprises his role of amphibian psychic Abe Sapien in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the sequel to del Toro's 2004 comic book adaptation, in which he enjoys extended screen time as Hellboy's crime-fighting sidekick and romances a princess -- and more importantly, takes over (or takes back) Abe's voicing duties for the first time.
We spoke with Doug Jones about his work under prosthetics, his close relationship with Guillermo del Toro, and his battle to win Abe Sapien's voice back from David Hyde Pierce (who, as the story goes, graciously deferred vocal credit in the first Hellboy after seeing Jones' own performance). And after playing every fantastical creature from robots to aliens to yetis, Jones told us what his dream role would be --- and how he and del Toro may already be planning to bring it to the screen.
But first, Jones took time to share his favorite films of all time with Rotten Tomatoes. Read on for more!
I have favorite chick flicks and favorite comedies. My taste goes to romantic comedy a lot. Somewhere in Time
, with Christopher Reeve
and Jane Seymour
-- stop already! That was one of the most romantic stories I'd ever seen in my life; I was in tears, but it also involved a little bit of science fiction, with the time travel element. That one really moved me back in 1980.
Also, the very first Airplane!
movie, with that zany comedy, slapstick-y, sight gag thing going on. I'd never seen a movie like that before. Of course, after that came more Airplanes
and Hot Shots
, Top Secret
, and the Naked Gun
movies. But Airplane
took me so by surprise, and Leslie Nielsen
is one of the best spoof movies ever made. Doug Jones:
Well it is, and stop calling me Shirley!]
Coming up to more recent years, I think Meet Joe Black
, again, was a tear-jerky chick flick for me that I loved. And the performances...Anthony Hopkins
can do no wrong, Brad Pitt
's become a favorite as well, and Claire Forlani
-- stop already! All that girl has to do is blink and I'm enraptured. And that was another romance with a sci-fi twist; death coming to take a holiday.
What else? Waiting for Guffman
! Stop already, right? Christopher Guest
and all of his tomfoolery. Of course, there was Spinal Tap
, but in more recent years...I think the storyline of [Guffman
] was so relatable to any actor who's ever done community theater in their hometown. Here were all these egos, in a small town, where it just didn't matter. I come from Indiana, and when you're doing stage productions in high school, or in your community theater, or on the college stage, you think you're Broadway bound, for sure. You're all going to be stars! It's delusional theater, is what it is. But that whole cast of people, having their basic storyline, and then vamping on their own brilliance, was just golden. Just golden.
Waking Ned Devine
. Loved it. There's something about aged, experienced, mature people acting like kids. This whole town bands together to pull a ruse, to win a lottery ticket and split lottery ticket winnings; it was kind of morally wrong, and yet also giddy and made you clap your hands and say, "Go you guys, go!"
Next: Our full interview with Doug Jones!