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Movie Natters: January 19, 2007 Archive

Doug Jones gets inside a character's skin

Posted at 5:30 PM on January 19, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Doug Jones is 6 foot 4, and weighs 140 pounds.

That's useful when you have to squeeze into a cockroach costume, or appear as Pan or the child eating Pale Man as he does in Pan's Labyrinth.

He says that when he walked on the set in Spain with director Guillermo del Toro he was amazed by how everyone was pointing to him and identifying him as 'El Fauno.' When he asked del Toro how everyone knew the director apparently laughed.

Del Toro told him that as the only 'gringo' on the set he had to be Pan.

He put in a remarkable performance, given that he is not only acting in a suit that took five hours to put on every day, he also had to deliver his lines in Spanish, which he doesn't speak.

Jones has made a name for himself as an actor who can somehow overcome the restrictions of a rubber suit and put some emotion and humanity (if that is the right word) into whatever otherworldly character he is playing.

You can hear his interview on the MPR site now, including the pressure he feels to get it right as the Silver Surfer, which he will do in this summer's "Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer."

One word of warning if you are thinking of taking the kids to see "Pan's Labyrinth," it's extremely bloody. This is an R that is well deserved.

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