“Those are small sacrifices to make when you look at the final product and say, ‘Okay, that’s what we made,'” Jones said at the Four Seasons.Comics/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Three-time Oscar-winner “Pan’s Labyrinth,” del Toro’s most acclaimed film to date, cast Jones as both creatures who help children (Fauno) and eat them (The Pale Man); Jones said the 2006 undertaking was when the industry began to perceive him as a bona fide actor rather than a set piece.As the object of her affection — the lone Amazonian creature from an otherwise extinct species, held captive in the government lab she mops nightly — Jones also doesn’t speak.“Words lie, looks don’t, energy doesn’t,” the film’s director, producer, and co-writer, Guillermo del Toro, said Saturday in a Vulture Festival Los Angeles conversation with Jones.Frank told Variety that he first wrote it as a film, but executive producer Steven Soderbergh (The Knick, The Girlfriend Experience) suggested that it might be better as a miniseries — and he was right. While nothing definitive has been released one way or the other, Frank told Variety that when he gave the script to Netflix's vice president of content, she immediately said she wanted it to be the streaming service's first in-house limited series.The seven-episode format really lets Frank establish the characters before moving them into confrontations with one another. Now, "limited series" can certainly be changed to include future seasons. That was intended to be a limited series, but it did so well that the Eye kept it on TV for two more seasons after its initial run.In “Crimson Peak,” he played a pair of terrifying female ghosts.“When you are a storyteller, you curate a family throughout your life, and he’s family,” del Toro said, joking, “he’s the undernourished cousin,” “blessed with no shoulders and no ass.” With “The Shape of Water,” del Toro said he knew he needed Jones to “create the Michelangelo’s David of amphibian men,” yet he was unsure the actor, a practicing Christian, would accept a role in which he had to “get it on” in a bathtub.
“‘Them’ is a concept that’s created to control us, to make us afraid of each other, and the movie tries to embody that concept of the ‘other’ in this creature, the beauty of the ‘other,'” del Toro said. In summer 2015, Jones flew to Kentucky to appear as Raquel Welch’s butler in a Hallmark Channel movie called “The Ultimate Legacy.” “I drove an old Rolls Royce for her, I wore a three-piece suit with a bowtie and a watch chain, I had witty dialogue,” Jones recalls fondly, clapping between each of the following words for emphasis: “I loved every minute of it.” Yes, Doug Jones, the man behind more of today’s movie monsters than anyone, escapes from long, dark days on set with the Hallmark Channel’s “feel-good, happy-ending movies with low stakes, [and] pretty people telling a pretty story in a pretty setting.” Gang/WB/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock He’s given this a lot of thought: “I’m in an age bracket now where I can play the father of an adult daughter whose going through her life issues, and she’ll come to me for advice while I’m wearing my Christmas sweater and swirling a cup of hot cocoa. That’s what I want to play more of.” Jones and his wife have no biological children from their 33-year marriage. “We tried for three years and the doctor finally said, ‘It’s not going to happen,’ which was okay.” However, when Jones was in his early 40s, he attended a showcase in LA for theater students enrolled at his alma mater.Fo/Marvel/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock “I never sought to play monsters in films,” said Jones, who additionally plays a Starfleet officer from the planet Kelpia on CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery.” Raised with three older brothers in Indianapolis, Indiana, he describes his school-age self as an “awkward” and a “lanky, gangly boy.If you don’t fit a certain small sliver of what’s considered normal in the Midwest, kids can be very cruel to each other.” Television, he said, was “where I found my friends as a kid,” rubber-faced, insecure goofballs like Barney Fife (Don Knotts) and Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Gilligan (Bob Denver) on “Gilligan’s Island,” and the entire cast of “The Carol Burnett Show.” CBS All Access An aspiring sitcom star, he attended college at David Letterman’s alma mater, Ball State University, majoring in radio and TV broadcasting and minoring in theater.“During that time is when I was established as tall, skinny, goofy guy who moves well, wears a lot of crap on his face, and does not complain about it,” Jones said.“Actors are divas, and we all make too much noise and complain too much, so if you don’t do that, it makes you rather exceptional, apparently.” Nor does Jones try to add design input: “The most decorated and award-winning, brilliant artists in the world have had their hands on my face.