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Beyond the sexy fish: Doug Jones has been in your life longer than you realize

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Feb 6, 2018

For genre fans, the success of The Shape of Water giving us Doug Jones as a leading (fish)man has been a long time coming. For years, this incredibly talented actor and literal shapeshifter has delivered phenomenal work, several times with his longtime friend and collaborator Guillermo del Toro, all under—but never hindered or truly hidden by—makeup and prosthetics. 

Most of us are famillar with his work as Hellboy's Abe Sapien...

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And his role as the tallest of the Gentlemen on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4 classic, "Hush."

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We of course know his work as the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth.

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And his recent work as Commander Saru on Star Trek: Discovery

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But he's always been with us, long before we ever knew.

Billy Butcherson, Hocus Pocus

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We'll start with an easy one. That was Jones as Billy, Winifred Sanderson's (and her younger sister Sarah's) former paramour, who she murdered for his unfaithfulness, poisoning him and then sewing his mouth shut with a dull needle. Needless to say, he awakens displeased.

The Thin Clown, Batman Returns

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While we were having a kind of pansexual awakening courtesy of Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer, Doug Jones was there too, just clowning around with the Penguin. 

The Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

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While there has yet to be a critically acclaimed (or even critically meh-ed) Fantastic Four film, this one at least had Doug Jones going for it. That's really the best we can give it.

Finally, the one that blew my mind and inspired this very article...

Mac Tonight, the McDonald's mascot

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Yep, Doug Jones was Mac Tonight, the McDonald's spokes...moon. Meaning for those of us born in the early-to-mid-1980s and who had parents who were pretty free with the fast food, we likely had a Doug Jones toy as children for the low low price of a Happy Meal. Not bad when an Abe Sapien figure goes for $82 on Amazon. Of course, as they do with so many things, the alt-right has found a way to ruin this innocent lunar purveyor of mass-produced cheeseburgers and turned the character into a hate-speech meme. 

 

Sexy fishman or no, and absolutely no thanks to internet trolls, we love Doug Jones any way we can get him.