by Staff writer
Set in 1962, The Shape of Water follows the unusual love story between Elisa, a mute cleaner who works at a secret government laboratory and a human-like amphibian creature.
The film is the most-nominated film at the 2018 Oscars, receiving a total of 13 nominations and winning 4 (including Best Picture and Best Director), but let’s pay some credit to the man behind the fish guy!
Officially billed as “Amphibian Man” in the movie, the fish guy is played by Doug Jones, a name you’ve probably never heard of until now.
His face, however, is one you should be familiar with if you’ve seen any of the following films:
a. Batman Returns (he played the Thin Clown)
b. Pan’s Labyrinth (he played the Faun and the Pale Man)
c. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (he was the Silver Surfer), and
d. Hellboy (he played Abe Sapien), just to name a few.
Over three decades, Jones has appeared in more than 150 movies and TV shows, often playing characters that require a ton of makeup and latex.
|Doug Jones as Abe Sabien in Hellboy.|
|Doug Jones as the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth.|
Speaking to NPR, Jones recently said of his unique line of work:
Of The Shape of Water, he said:
“But I’m glad. I’m thankful that I had the experience of feeling like a monster because when I play monsters now, I understand them. I can relate to them.”