Most Geeks know who Andy Serkis is. Many Geeks might even know what Andy Serkis actually looks like.
Does the man in the picture above look familiar at all?
No, it’s not Benedict Cumberbatch’s skinnier brother.
That’s Doug Jones. Like Andy Serkis, Jones has been in a number of movies beloved by Geeks. Unlike Serkis, Jones doesn’t do CGI motion-capture. He does practical effects under tons of prosthetics. Guillermo del Toro pretty much has the guy on speed dial. His talent is the ability to act through make-up, which is a fairly impressive skill shared by few actors.
Still not sure who the guy is? Let’s throw up some pics of the guy in some of his better known roles.
Remember what I said about him being on del Toro’s speed-dial? He was the only guy in Pan’s Labyrinth who didn’t speak Spanish. That was OK, though, since the servo motors in the costume he wore as the title character meant he couldn’t hear what anyone else was saying anyway.
Of course, he did play one other memorable character in that particular movie…
But hey, there’s a new Fantastic Four movie coming out this year. Did you know he was in one of the older ones?
Yeah, Jones played the Silver Surfer. And then the studio decided it needed a better-known actor and redubbed all his lines with the smooth, dulcet tones of Laurence Fishburne. That wasn’t even the first time it happened, either. His lines as Abe Sapien in the original Hellboy were dubbed over by David Hyde Pierce. Pierce, however, was a class act about that when he learned what happened, modeled his own performance after Jones’, and asked not to be credited in the movie. Jones would voice Abe in Hellboy 2. He also voiced Abe for a Hellboy cartoon or two, a Hellboy video game or two, and even got to be the Surfer for an FF video game.
Of course, the guy has played roles where he can show his face, but looking over his IMDB page, the only roles I recognize are ones like these. But still, the guy gets around.