NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 17: Doug Jones attends the "Star Trek: Discovery" Season 2 Premiere at the Conrad New York on January 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
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Doug Jones Was Done With Prosthetics Until He Was Offered Star Trek: Discovery
Few have given as many memorable performances as prosthetic-laden characters as the incomparable Doug Jones. A prolific actor, contortionist, and mime artist, he has played iconic characters such as Billy Butcherson in "Hocus Pocus," and The Faun and The Plame Man in "Pan's Labyrinth."
Jones has been the undisputed
king of creature acting for nearly
thirty years. Prosthetic-heavy performances are undoubtedly physically demanding, and Jones had planned to do less of them, but once he was offered the role of the Kelpien alien Captain Saru in "Stark Trek: Discovery," "the game [was] back on."
Showrunner at the time, Bryan Fuller, offered the role to Jones, knowing he was the one the show needed. Jones said, "I have waited, all my life, for the moment to happen, where a big role in a big series was just being offered to me, based on reputation alone, and it was humbling."
This was a great opportunity to get Jones back in a major prosthetic character performance, and he is, as was expected, the perfect decision. His turn on "Star Trek: Discovery" has been hailed by many, so as much as the rubber and glue probably weigh on him every time he sits in the makeup chair, the "Star Trek" universe is better for his presence.