DOUG JONES IN PAN'S LABYRINTH

What the critics said ...

 

"Doug Jones, a Del Toro regular, is the actor underneath both the Faun and the Pale Man makeup, and the work he does is irreplaceable ... He's a Lon Chaney for today."

LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Doug Jones is (del Toro's) reliable American onscreen interpreter of weird - the most thrillingly creepy humanoid I've seen."

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"seductive and terrifying ... Doug Jones"

PREMIERE MAGAZINE

"a stunning double-performance in "Labyrinth" (including dialogue) that put him on the map"

MTV

"This half man, half goat, with curving ram's horns, opaque eyes and a flat face as if carved from stone, is brought to life by actor Doug Jones. As the Pale Man, Jones also takes center stage as what has become the signature monster of Pan's Labyrinth."

USA TODAY

"Jones' Pan is an ideal trickster, tender and playful one minute, uncaring and malevolent the next. Then as the Pale Man (Jones again), recall your most vivid nightmare and you probably won't rival the terror of the ogre's bizarre ocular anatomy and his pursuit of Ofelia. It's one of the most striking and rattling sequences ever captured on film."

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Doug Jones is simply otherworldly"

THE SUN JOURNAL

"Jones gives the creatures an even more other-worldly quality with his graceful movements."

COMINGSOON.NET

"it was Jones’s special abilities that inspired the script’s leap into the fantasy realm. The depth of his interaction with 12-year-old Baquero brings a whole new layer to the film that most gothic horrors don’t contain."

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD

"Doug Jones, a breathtaking faun"

THE BOSTON HERALD

"Doug Jones is so believably an emissary of the underworld in this waking dream that he makes Narnia's Mr. Tumnus look like an aluminum siding salesman."

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

"Doug Jones once again gets to wear the wonderful prosthetics - two sets thanks to his dual roles as The Faun and The Pale Man - and arguably steals the film"

BLOG CRITICS MAGAZINE

"In his dual roles, Doug Jones continues the collaboration with del Toro that began with Mimic to striking effect. If there is truly a modern heir to the Karloff throne, it is almost certainly Jones, whose chameleon-like ability to disappear into a character allows him to instill them the kind of depth and personality that would be near impossible to achieve with even the most advanced computer-generated creation."

ALL MOVIE GUIDE

"Jones deserves special mention for putting forth a pair of extraordinary physical performances. Through elaborate makeup and some CGI enhancement (primarily involving the faun’s legs, which bend in ways no human performer could do), he conveys something wondrous, alien and primal."

MANIA.COM Abbie Bernstein

"Doug Jones turns in two brilliant performances as both Pan and The Pale Man, and is such a talented actor to be able to give realistic life and portrayal to these fantastical characters. Jones is such an astounding actor who uses his entire body to create a character, which is a far more formidable task than just being a talking head in a movie."

IFMAGAZINE.COM Sean Elliott

And the last word belongs to the man who cast Doug as the titular Fauno and the terrifying Pale Man, Guillermo del Toro:

"I've done four films with Doug Jones. Every actor has a particular gift, you know? One of the gifts that is most mysterious and elusive is the gift of working under makeup. Some great ones, like Laurence Olivier, excelled at it. He used to very graciously say to his makeup guys, "You're doing half the work for me." Lon Chaney, Ron Perlman [who played the title character in Hellboy] are so good at it. There are some actors who are very, very good and nevertheless are terrible under makeup, making the makeup look stiff. But Doug isn't just an actor who's really good with makeup; he's a guy who specializes in creating a whole ecosystem around the creature. He moves, walks, breathes the way this creature would. That's acting, that's not mimicry or pantomime. He's really, no pun intended, under the skin of the character. The biggest quality an actor can have is to be there in the moment. To do that for a fantasy creature is truly a gift."

Guillermo del Toro
Writer and Director of Pan's Labyrinth

 

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