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Meet actor Doug Jones, the man behind Guillermo del Toro's movie monsters

Doug Jones has made a career playing monsters, including the Amphibian Man in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water. He discusses the appeal of playing monsters and how he prepares for these roles.
Actor Doug Jones plays the Amphibian Man in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water. (YouTube/Screenshot, Getty Images)
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Actor Doug Jones has made a career playing monsters, most notably in Guillermo del Toro films. He was the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth, Abe Sabien in Hellboy, and now, Jones is back as the Amphibian Man in del Toro's latest film, The Shape of Water.

Jones talks to Tom Power about the appeal of playing monsters, what it takes to prepare for these roles and how he gets in touch with the creature within.

— Produced by Ben Edwards


Doug Jones’ first big Hollywood role was as the character Mac Tonight in this 1980s McDonald’s commercial. (YouTube/Screenshot)
Doug Jones has made a career playing monsters, including the Amphibian Man in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water. He discusses the appeal of playing monsters and how he prepares for these roles. 17:13

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