EXCLUSIVE: Doug Jones Talks Frankenstein, B.P.R.D., Hellboy 3, Returning As The Silver Surfer, & Reveals Interest In Playing Another Superhero

The actor who played a few familiar faces in the comic book movie world talks about whether or not he will return to play Abe Sapien for Hellboy 3 or B.P.R.D., If another go at Silver Surfer is in his future, The delay behind Frankenstein with Guillermo Del Toro, and what other superhero he would like to play...

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After hours of prosthetics, what was it like to see yourself become characters like Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films and Fauno in Pan's Labyrinth?

"It's what every little boy dreams of, even this 51 year old little boy. I can completely lose myself in these fantasy characters, and it's easier to watch myself in the finished movie without judging my own face so much, like I do in my human roles. It's also such an honor to wear designs from some of the best artists in the world, many of whom have been recognized by the Academy."


Speaking of prosthetics, you were fitted for a costume for a Frankenstein movie with Guillermo Del Toro. Then nothing further really happened, can you update the status of the film?

"Well, technically, I have yet to do an actual fitting on my real person. I did see the design of Frankenstein's Monster as an 18 inch maquette, and the make-up sculpt that was done on a life-size bust of me, all based on Bernie Wrightson's stunning Frankenstein illustrations. It was so hauntingly beautiful, my eyes got a little moist. As far as I know, del Toro's movie is still in development at Universal Pictures. He recently reported that he turned in a synopsis/treatment of the story to the studio in August, but doesn't have a finished script yet. He has often talked about this being his dream project, as it was the book and the movie that made him want to be the filmmaker he is today, so this is not a script he will rush just to finish. In the meantime, he's directing PACIFIC RIM, so I think we have a bit more waiting for FRANKENSTEIN."


As for the continued work of Abe, we know that due to the struggle to lift a Hellboy 3 off the ground that the studio may be interested in doing a B.P.R.D. movie. Is this something you have been approached to do, or have any interest in doing?

"I would absolutely be interested in Abe living on in a B.P.R.D. movie, even though I would sorely miss the relational dynamic of the HELLBOY team. No one has officially approached me on this yet, but I have heard casual talk when socializing with the powers that be. Abe Sapien is my favorite costumed character I've ever played, so this would be a no-brainer to say yes to.


Just going to ask, Hellboy 3, any chance of it happening?

"If only I was the one with that answer! I want this more than anyone, what with the set-up HELLBOY 2: The Golden Army gave us, but I've heard no more than you have on whether or not it's going to happen, or when."


A reboot for Fantastic Four is being planned over a third movie, but was there ever any chance of you returning for a third film, or even the rumored Silver Surfer spin-off?

"I signed on for my first movie in that franchise with a 3 picture deal that anticipated a Silver Surfer stand-alone film to come. My IMDb page has had a Silver Surfer movie on it, in development, for over 5 years now. So again, no one has officially approached me about actually filming, but this is a beautiful, stoic, heroic character I would love to delve into again!"


Now going off what this site is about, we have a lot of fans that would like to see you expand your list of comic book characters to play. Any you have interest in?

"I've already been blessed to play a couple of beloved comic book characters, so I don't want to be a hog ... however ... that being said, I would love to explore the possibility of playing a movie version of DEAD MAN. And even though this isn't a comic book thing, another small dream of mine is to play Jack Skellington on Broadway in a stage version of A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, if such a thing could ever happen. And I sincerely hope Tim Burton is reading this interview."


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WolvieCBM - 10/12/2011, 2:15 PM
This guy is amazing when it comes to playing these fantasy-type charaters in make up. It's always nice seeing an actual costume instead of full CG shot (for some characters at least).

Hopefully Hellboy 3 will happen down the road. Would love to see another one. Great work man!
WaylonJones - 10/12/2011, 2:16 PM
Awesome stuff Bleed!!!!
nailbiter111 - 10/12/2011, 2:19 PM
what is bprd? btw great interview!
GUNSMITH - 10/12/2011, 2:21 PM
" I would love to explore the possibility of playing a movie version of DEAD MAN"..



OH YEAH I COULD SEE THAT!
PaulRom - 10/12/2011, 2:21 PM
Great interview mate, I'd love to see him play Silver Surfer again.
I wanna see him as Martian Manhunter,voiced by Laurence Fishburne (unless they put MM in the same universe as Snyder's Superman).
MattMercdoc - 10/12/2011, 2:21 PM
he also is "Thin Clown" in batman returns
bleedthefreak - 10/12/2011, 2:22 PM
Thanks Guys.

B.P.R.D. is a paranormal police force run by Abe in the comics, it is a great series to read. Hope Doug brings it to life on film someday.
FrankEinstein13 - 10/12/2011, 2:23 PM
Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.

Jones is great in all he does. I would love to see him in Frankenstein and Hellboy 3. The thought of him as Dead Man brings a smile to my face, that would be awesome. A Nightmare Before Christmas Broadway play would be awesome as well.
MassExecutions - 10/12/2011, 2:27 PM
Great interview! Marvel must get the Silver Surfer rights back, but I have no problem with him staying in the role.
CrossOver - 10/12/2011, 2:27 PM
Him as Jack would be awesome
Greengo - 10/12/2011, 2:32 PM
Doug Jones is AWESOME!!!
marvel72 - 10/12/2011, 2:33 PM
love to see him as the silver surfer again & maybe the vision in the avengers 2.
Viltrumite - 10/12/2011, 2:40 PM
@PaulRom: I think he'd make an amazing Martian Manhunter, hope he's on the shortlist if/when WB decides to make a Justice League film.
And I'd really love to see him play Jack Skellington on Broadway, that'd be AMAZING.
AlexDeLarge87 - 10/12/2011, 2:51 PM
He would be great Frankenstein´s Monster! Cant wait to see that one!

He would be great Jack Skellington too!

I say yes to Hellboy 3 if they promise that Liz Sherman doesnt birth twins in the film.
eleven59 - 10/12/2011, 3:03 PM
Quick.. Someone make a movie with jones, Andy serkis, and ray park in it together!!
AC1 - 10/12/2011, 3:27 PM
He'd be a great Dead Man! I still love the idea of him and Lawrence Fishburne teaming up to bring Martian Manhunter to life, but I could definitely see him as Dead Man too!
Praetorian - 10/12/2011, 3:43 PM
This guy obviously put in some thought into the roles he'd like to play so it's some thing he could actually get hired for. Like deadman and jack skellington, he even sounds like jack! I'd love to see him return as silver surfer and come to think of it if Marvel plays their cards right he would be a great Vision in an avengers sequel
Optimus83 - 10/12/2011, 3:51 PM
Doug Jones want to be The Spectre (Jim Corrigan) in a film, was born for this role along with Abe Sapien in Hellboy as Silver Surfer

JeighJeigh - 10/12/2011, 4:12 PM
He would be awesome as Deadman! Make it happen!
preacher - 10/12/2011, 4:21 PM
Doug Jones would be PERFECT as Deadman! Especially the Kelley Jones version!
nuck82 - 10/12/2011, 4:31 PM
lol who would have guessed he would LOVE! to do broadway lol, but really he is great, hope he gets more rolls in more CBMs
xhex022 - 10/12/2011, 5:05 PM
YES TIM BURTON IF YOUR READING THIS MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!
seanxvito - 10/12/2011, 5:18 PM
Also, for any Dragon Age II fans out there, Doug Jones can be found playing Saarebas in the Dragon Age: Redemption web series with Felicia Day. Not HBO super-high quality production, but for a web series, it rates up there with Mortal Kombat Legacy and can be found on the Machinima channel.
miguelus - 10/12/2011, 7:18 PM
...i love doug jones and all the characters he plays in all the movies he's been in. and i definitely do see him jack skellington...
xizorkatarn - 10/12/2011, 7:50 PM
He's my choice for The Vision in a future Avengers movie.
ZigZagStuffa - 10/12/2011, 9:06 PM
hed be a good elongoted man
Guerillas - 10/13/2011, 2:30 AM
he should be in everything! Saw him in a criminal minds episode, he was kind of a fight club person, he was only in it for like 2 minutes
, but man, that was great...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAP1KhFQL6o
FireKnightRises - 10/13/2011, 4:49 AM
this guy and andy serkis are the best cgi actor
Shaman - 10/13/2011, 5:04 AM
This guy can play any character, given the right prosthetics and make-up. He's perfect for Deadman, Specter, Silver Surfer, Abe Sapien, Jack Skellington and hell... he could even rock our world as Lobo! You never know how it could end up looking. All we'd see is the comic character we know and love. He's THAT talented. He KNOWS how to bring a character to life! ANY character! Personally, i'd love to see him as RagDoll in the next Batman reboot. RagDoll & The Ventriloquist don't get enough attention. He would even OWN as Clock King in a Green Arrow film :))
MissMystique - 10/13/2011, 10:38 AM
OMG he`s got a loooong face. But ge is awoesome!!! Loved him in that spanish flick pans labyrinth
Lab - 5/27/2013, 8:14 AM
Squeeeee!! He'd make an awesome Jack Skellington! I'm still holding out hope for a Hellboy 3. Frankenstein will be interesting - I'd like to see what Doug can do with it.

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