Doug Jones Talks Frankenstein, The Hobbit, & Hellboy 3

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:32 pm,

Judging from their work together on Hellboy, Hellboy 2, and Pan’s Labyrinth, when director Guillermo del Toro gets together with actor Doug Jones, good things usually happen. So, naturally, in casting his many upcoming projects, Del Toro has turned to the highly talented Jones again. In an interview with SCI FI Wire, Jones spoke about his involvement in Del Toro’s upcoming films, Frankenstein, The Hobbit, and possibly Hellboy 3.

I’ve excerpted some of the best parts of the interview below, but make sure to check out the full interview, which is linked at the bottom of the page.

On Frankenstein:

“Guillermo did say to the press that he’s already cast me as his monster, but we’ve yet to talk about it. But in his mind, if that’s what he’s decided, then it’s done…It would be a dream come true.”

On The Hobbit:

“We have not had any conversations about what he wants…I don’t know what I’m doing or how many characters it will be, because he tends to like to use me the whole time depending.”

abe sapien Doug Jones Talks Frankenstein, The Hobbit, & Hellboy 3

Doug Jones as Abe Sapien in Hellboy

On Hellboy 3:

“It’s just a matter of time, and…if Ron Perlman wants to don the makeup again…If there is a Hellboy 3, Doug Jones will be in it.”

It will be great to see Jones and del Toro team up again. I loved his work as The Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth and can’t wait to see what role he’ll end up playing in The Hobbit. Although he is known for taking on roles as non-human characters, it is unfair to pigeonhole him as a “monster movie actor.” Jones brings such depth to each of his characters that you don’t even think about the heavy makeup. In this regard, Jones reminds me of the great Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, two actors whom he greatly admires.

Are you looking forward to seeing Doug Jones take over the reins of Frankenstein‘s monster? Who do you think he’ll end up playing in The Hobbit? What’s your favorite Doug Jones role?

The first chapter of The Hobbit is due out in December, 2011 and the second chapter in December, 2012. Frankenstein will enter pre-production this summer, but, according to Guillermo del Toro, won’t begin filming for about five years(!). There are no production dates set for Hellboy 3, but del Toro and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola have worked out a potential story.

Source: SCI FI Wire

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  1. Skip the rest and do Helloby 3!

  2. Obviously I meant Hellboy … freakin’ dyslexia kicking in again.

  3. I agree on Bela and Boris, but I have to say, the actor he reminds me most of is Lon Chaney, Sr. Even with several layers of makeup and prosthetics, he is a phenomenal actor, and his body language alone can convey so much. He is definitely one of the most talented actors today.

  4. Yes, he acts very well through his body. Obviously he can’t act with his face much, being behind so many masks.

    Really hope they do a HB3.

    Sometimes get the feeling GDT would have half his characters played by Jones if he could, although really liked the one who did Mr Wink. Bryan Steel or Strong or something.

  5. Okay, don’t crucify me, but my favorite take on Frankenstein’s Monster was Robert De Niro’s. NOT the whole movie, mind you — Mr. Branagh, I love you, but, Jesus, that was awful… just… I liked De Niro’s creature. It was so utterly different, pitiful and dangerous, heartsick for the love of its creator and furious at being spurned.

    Can’t wait to see what GDT and Doug Jones come up with, though. I just hope it’s not an updated take on the material. The 2004, Dean Koontz-inspired modernized tv version was f*ck-awful.

  6. I’m done with Hobbit and Frankenstein professionally. I think I’ve been there and wasted enough time on those franchises to last a lifetime.
    Also, I’ve heard from sources within my kingdom that Pearlman doesn’t want to do Hellboy anymore. Maybe he’ll change his mind in the future but for now no HB3.
    Bummer as I was looking forward to it.

  7. Well, it’s a bit uncomfortable to confront the idea of asking GDT to the Rings party and he brings other people who were not invited. Why do we have to fit Jones in? Is it hard for him to get work without GDT? I honesty don’t see the “talent”. Isn’t it more about the fact that he just looks different?

    I’d much rather see ‘The Hobbit’ than a new HB. The Rings trilogy was far better. HB2 just felt a bit hollow. The visuals were great but not much weight. I never felt as if anything was on the line. It was just a love-fest for GDT designs.

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