LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: Director Guillermo del Toro attends the Film Independent Presents DCU at The Landmark: In Conversation With Guillermo del Toro event at The Landmark on March 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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Guillermo Del Toro And Doug Jones Immediately 'Clicked' On The Set Of Mimic
For Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones is a muse within whom he’s found a creative partner to work with time and time again; of the 12 films del Toro has directed thus far, Jones has appeared in half of them. Their relationship goes back to the 1997 set of "Mimic," a film about mutant bugs living in the sewers of New York City.
In an interview with StarTrek.com, Jones reveals it was friendship at first sight for him and del Toro: "It was an immediate click. We were just like two 12-year-old boys going, 'Ah, I love monsters, ah!' So I knew that set him apart 'cause he has a fanboy in him that loves to create movies that fanboys will have a 'geek-gasm' over, as he calls it."
For "Mimic," Jones played "the Judas Breed": hybrid insects that mimic a humanoid body shape. While it’s the least distinctive del Toro monster Jones played, in terms of design, their blossoming friendship saw him portray more distinctive monsters down the line, such as Faun and the Pale Man in “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the Asset from “The Shape of Water.”