LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 16: Victor Dorobantu attends the World Premiere Of Netflix's "Wednesday" at Hollywood Legion Theater on November 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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How Wednesday's Thing Became So Beloved Without Saying A Word
Since their inception, the Addams family has been around in some form or another for the better part of a century, and throughout that time the family has been updated and revised numerous times. Tim Burton’s “Wednesday,” is no different, giving Wednesday psychic powers and much to audiences' delight, giving a bigger role to Thing, played by magician Victor Dorobantu.
Although “The Addams Family” cartoons first appeared in 1930, it wasn’t until 1954 that “The Thing” was alluded to, and not until the late ‘60s that “Thing” appeared on screen as a hand in a box. As a character, Thing is part assistant, part pet, and part family, but is usually used mostly for comedic relief and as a visual gag, until Burton gave Thing a bigger part of the action.
In “Wednesday,” Thing is different, with a vital role in the family, serving as Wednesday’s protector and helping her solve the murders. Importantly, Thing is shown communicating with people outside of the family and has a big personality conveyed by Victor Dorobantu’s brilliant acting, making the character much more empathetic and approachable to audiences.