has double-jointed legs.
Doug was inspired
to create Abe Sapien's graceful and liquid movements
after watching the pet fish in his office.
Doug once trained
as a bank manager.
His performance as
'Billy Butcherson' in Hocus Pocus earned him a pre-nomination
for a comedy award.
The choker Dougie
often wears for Hellboy promo appearances is one of Abe
Sapien's eyes ...
.. and speaking of
keepsakes, not only did Doug bring home BOTH of Abe's
eyes, but also one of his webbed hands and his teeth.
Guillermo del Toro
is known for giving his cast nicknames - on the set of HELLBOY,
Selma Blair became 'Monkey Brain', and Rupert Evans was known
as 'Agent Piles'. Dougie? Well ... "Whenever it was time
to get me on set, he would yell, 'Let's shoot the fishstick!'"
Did you know Doug
can dance? On the set of STALLED, Doug's co-star, the
delightful and lovely Ms. Christine Deaver, told Director Stephan
Haves that Dougie 'clogged' - so look out for Doug's short but
wonderful dance sequence in the family celebration scene.
Doug LOVES dolphins.
He collects dolphin art and has done so for over a decade.
Yes, I have been in love with dolphins
ever since I can remember. I never missed an episode
of "Flipper" on TV when I was a kid. I love
all sea life, but dolphins especially are so intelligent
and so playful. Those happy little faces of theirs!
They are also heroic in the tales I've heard of their
A summer job I had
right after graduating from Ball State University was
playing a roaming street mime at Kings Island, an amusement
theme park in Cincinnatti, Ohio. I had to go out on 6
"walks" around the park each day, miming as
I went. Just as a treat to myself, I saved my favorite
location at the park for my last walk of the day ... the
afternoon dolphin show.
I would go up on the trainer's stage
before the show started to entertain the gathering crowd
in the stands with a little mime fishing act I came
up with. My very last day of work that summer was finished
off by me acting like one of the dolphins was tugging
my "fishing line", and I took a head-first
dive into the tank with them. A dream for me, that I
dared not do before my last day for fear of getting
fired. I love all things dolphin, especially sculptures.
Los Angeles, September 2004
Doug only had one scene in HELLBOY
as Abe Sapien in which he actually got wet. A wounded
Abe crawls out of a cistern to escape the 'Sammaels',
the hounds of Hell played by Brian Steele. Surprisingly, the
make-up stood up well to being immersed in water - although
Doug wasn't quite so lucky. On the first take he smacked his
right knee down hard on some broken tiles, putting a deep, corner-shaped
gash into the flesh. With blood running everywhere, he was duly
patched up and went back to complete several more takes and
finish the scene.
The famous 'Rubik's Cube' scene
in HELLBOY was filmed on Doug's birthday. He spent
most of the day suspended upside-down in a hip harness - which
was pulled excessively tight to stop him slipping out, due to
Doug's slender build. By the end of an excruciatingly painful
day the harness had broken the skin and caused severe pressure
sores. Ah, what one does for one's art ...
Not only is Dougie a fine actor,
mime and contortionist, but he is also an accomplished singer/songwriter.
The famous scene in HOCUS
POCUS where Doug's character, the floppy zombie
'Billy Butcherson,' cuts the stitching on his mouth and spouts
wonderfully earthy 17th-century epithets at the wicked witch
'Winnie Sanderson' (Bette Midler), was originally intended to
have somewhat different dialogue. Doug didn't think the language
was appropriate for a children's film and asked to re-write
his little speech. That dialogue has become the most-quoted
from this classic Halloween film.
Doug's much-lauded performances
in Guillermo del Toro's Spanish-language film PAN'S
LABYRINTH meant that not only was Doug working
under extreme prosthetics in his dual roles of El Fauno
and Pale Man, but also that he had to learn huge amounts
of dialogue in archaic Spanish, a language he doesn't speak.
He did it perfectly.
The make-up for El Fauno
took approximately five hours. Doug's near six-feet-four height
was built upon by brilliant Spanish FX team DDT Efectos
Especiales, and Doug ended up balancing on eight-inch leg
extensions, which were later digitally tweaked to create El
Fauno's extraordinary goat-legs. As if that wasn't difficult
enough, the complicated head design included servos to work
the ears and some upper facial expression, and the whine of
the servos was so loud that Doug couldn't hear anything else.
So during his scenes with Ivana Baquero (Ofelia) he
learned her lines as well as his own, timing the dialogue so
he could cue his own lines.
The grusome Pale Man in
PAN'S LABYRINTH, perhaps
one of film's creepiest creations, was also one of the most
difficult for Doug to work on. Consisting of mainly glue-on
prosthetics that took up to six hours to apply, the headpiece
had no eyes. Doug could only see (and barely, at that!) through
the nostrils, but it made him cross-eyed.
What does Doug do to relax? Well,
another of his many talents is cutting hair, which he happily
does for friends and family.
While filming THE
WAGER in the summer of 2006, Doug enjoyed himself
immensely doing all of his own stunt-driving.
The role Doug has most wanted to
play throughout his career is that of an angel ... guardian
or otherwise - and no, the Angel of Death doesn't count.
He would love to play a Heavenly Angel of the wing-flapping
Doug has a plushy toy dog called
Zekey, who travels with him on his adventures. You can keep
up with Zekey and his life with Papa Dougie here, on his own
Keep checking in, for there
will be more trivia -
as soon as The Doug Jones Experience can wangle it
out of Mr Jones himself ...
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