There Is A Market For Professional Monsters
Dougie noted that the reputations of monster actors have ebbed and flowed with time. Vincent Price and Boris Karloff were huge back in the day, then a bunch of unknowns chased around bikini-clad teenagers with chainsaws, and now people are starting to know their names again. Doug Jones, Andy Serkis, Woody Allen ... people are starting to know who the monsters in Hollywood are.
"A lot of folks hate to use the word 'pigeonholed,' but that's a blessing. Pigeonhole me; that means I'm employed. So I don't mind being thought of as the tall skinny guy who wears lots of rubber. Once you're established as something, even if it's monster guy, more [people] are interested in breaking me out of that. I did a Hallmark Channel movie last year called The Ultimate Legacy. Hallmark doesn't make monster movies!"
Though a cameo from the Pale Man sure would've spiced up Love In Paradise.
Dougie has been forced to share two big roles, because to some producers, "monster guy" is synonymous with "can't act guy."
"In the first Hellboy, I was voiced over by David Hyde Pierce. I walked in with the decision already having been made by the studio that, whoever they get to wear this crazy makeup, they might as well cast an A-list actor to voice it. When I heard, I was like, 'Oh please, please don't,' because I feel like I walk in as a complete actor. No one else was voiced over, why me? When I did bark up, I was given the opportunity to have my name added to those being considered. It's weird to work when you feel like you're auditioning for the job you have. But in the end, everyone loved my voice. I was confident that they needed to look no further. And everybody was telling me that, too. Two weeks after, I was told that David had voiced over me, because they wanted the marketing value."
Apparently, there's a big overlap between his fanbase and movies about monster-punching.
Don't go hating on David for big-timing Dougie, though: "When he was brought in, he saw me on the screen and heard my voice. And he asked 'What am I doing here?' which is a huge compliment. He did the job he was paid to do, and he did a great job, but because of how he felt, he asked for his name to be removed from the credits. He also didn't show up at the red carpet premiere, didn't do any press, no interviews, didn't sign autographs, nothing. And when asked why, he said, 'Out of respect to Doug Jones.' He certainly didn't have to do that, but for him to back away and not want to steal thunder from me was incredibly respectful and sweet. I've never met him, but when I do, I'm going to kiss his left cheek."
Now we want to set up that meeting, if for no other reason than to make some of our David Hyde Pierce fanfiction come true.
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Then we'll show those small-minded producers whose Fraiser script "presents thematic concerns."
Dougie was voiced over in Silver Surfer as well, but he did the voice in Hellboy II, and now has contractual protection against having his voice replaced. That's how you grow a fanbase. And sometimes those fans are serious. "A young lady came up to me at a convention and said, 'Would you sign my forearm?' So I did a Doug Jones on there, and two hours later, she came back with it covered in plastic. And I gasped and said, 'Ooooh, no!' She had it tattooed on her! I said, 'Oh honey, you ... why did you ... that's the rest of your life!' Your grandkids are going to say, 'Who the hell is Doug Jones?' She said, 'Oh, but you're in good company!' She lifted up her other forearm, and it had 'Stan Lee' on it."
And when she brings her two arms together, emblazoned with those mystical names, she magically transforms into ... The Biggest Nerd!
You can check out Doug's official website, or look for him in The Strain and The Bye Bye Man. Calix is has posted far too much about his film, music, and writing work on his own website, and on Twitter, and he also made a movie with Dougie called Greyscale. Mark is on Twitter too, and he has a book which he wrote entirely while wearing an elaborate costume.
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