Although known mostly for his iconic work under prosthetics, such as the floppy zombie ‘Billy’ in the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, or the lead Spy Morlock in the 2001 remake The Time Machine, he has also performed as ‘himself’ in such highly-rated films as Adaptation with Nicholas Cage, Mystery Men with Ben Stiller, Batman Returns with Danny DeVito. But it is his sensitive and elegant performance as ‘Abe Sapien’ in Hellboy, which stormed to the top of the U.S. box office . He renewed his association with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro when he starred in the title role of ‘Pan’ in del Toro’s Spanish language fantasy/horror project El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth). He also has a cameo in the film as ‘The Pale Man’, a gruesome creature with a penchant for eating children. Working once more under heavy prosthetics in both roles, he also was required to learn huge chunks of dialogue in archaic Spanish – which he did perfectly.
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army / Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer/ Hellboy: Blood and Iron / Carnies / Hellboy: Sword of Storms / Lady in the Water / Laberinto del Fauno, El aka Pan’s Labyrinth / The Benchwarmers /The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Doom / Hellboy / Adaptation. / “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” / Men in Black II / The Time Machine / Monkeybone /Steven Spielberg’s Movie /”Alien Hunter” / The Darkling / /Mystery Men /The Outer Limits / Hocus Pocus
1)You seem to become these characters beyond the make-up,Study the script or what research ?
I do indeed study the script! Even though acting for me is a full body experience, I am a lover of words as well. And the writer’s intent is always important to me and the characters I play. I also need to do back story research when playing an already established character (like Abe Sapien, Silver Surfer, Cesare) or if I’m re-creating a real person’s story. Physical preparation is also mandatory if I’m about to delve into a heavily made-up human animal hybrid or other-worldly creature ….. how does he gesture, how does he squat, how does he walk, all that.
2) What is it like to be on covers of magazines,But Its not exactly you ?
(Chuckle) It has been such a rush to see myself on magazine covers, even when made-up beyond recognition! I have the joy of knowing our work is being recognized, while at the same time being able to annonymously run to do errands around town!
3) Ever gained weight,LOL ?
Never. The most I ever weighed was in college at 155 lbs., and that took a lot of work. I naturally settle in around 143. I know, for a guy at 6′ 3″ that is freakish, but I’ve learned to embrace my own body and celebrate the skinny. Seems to work for me now.
4) Abe Sapien( sea creature from Hell Boy),You and He have quite a history ?
I LOVE Abe. He is in the top 3 of my favorite characters I’ve ever played. I pick my favorite characters by how much I’d like to hang out with them myself, and Abe is so smart, graceful, elegant, and gentlemanly …. As Guillermo del Toro says, “the Fred Astaire of creatures”. I’ve so loved getting to know Abe even more as we’ve voiced the animated HELLBOY features, “Sword of Storms” and “Blood & Iron”, and I am so excited about all he gets to do in the big sequel, “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army”.
5) Do you see much of the cast,When in character ?
Oh yes! I am usually in a make-up and costume, playing opposite my costars there on set with the whole gang. Contrary to some rumors, I have yet to ever do motion capture work off on a green screen set, away from the other cast members for a movie.
6)So,You are the Silver Surfer in new Fantastic Four Movie,Do you finally get the girl ?
Well, I don’t want to hint either way on this one, so I’ll ask you to join us in the cinemas on June 15th 2007 to see just what becomes of the Silver Surfer’s relationship with the Fantastic 4, with Sue Storm probably being able to strike the most significant cord in his soul.
7) What is the BEST of Douglas on/off set ?
My proudest moment on set is probably being able to pull off the role of ‘Pan’ with 5 hours of make-up and costuming coupled with learning REAMS of dialogue in Spanish …. I think the most difficult thing I’ve ever done on film. Off set? Probably proudest of those moments when I set aside time to listen to the needs of a young person and offer any life experience I can from my own successes, or more importantly from my failures.
8) …What would be the WORST of you on/off ?
My worst on-set ever had to be an embarrassing jacuzzi scene in a horrible straight-to-video horror film in 1987 that shall remain nameless. My worst moment off-set would be as I glance to my left at this moment in my home office and see the ever growing pile of unanswered fan mail with signed picture requests …. I DO mean to get to them one day soon!
9) Have you played more than one character in a film ?
Only in “Pan’s Labyrinth” so far. However, look for me to be at least 3 characters in “Hellboy 2″ …. Abe, a gate-keeper for the bad guys, and a dark angel.
10) What words of wisdom come from the” Doug Jones Experience ” ?
Hmmm …. hoping I can inspire here …. let’s see ….. How about, Live every day as though it was your last, letting no one in your life wonder if they are loved. Know that God made you with a purpose, and you do matter to the world around you. All words I must alert myself to remember, too.(copyright 2009,reprinted/edited 2018)