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Del Toro breaks down the details behind Doug Jones' creature in The Shape of Water

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Mar 26, 2021, 6:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Guillermo del Toro has built a career on the back of creating majestic creatures brought to the big screen in stunning detail. The award-winning writer and director offered a rare peek into the special effects and designs behind the underwater creature in his upcoming film, The Shape of Water.

Here are his breakdowns on the character's skin, gills, and eyes in a tweet-by-tweet crash course in monster-making.

Sally Hawkins stars in Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor's 1960s fairytale romance heavily inspired by Creature from the Black Lagoon. Hawkins' character falls in love with the Amphibian Man (played by Doug Jones) that's a highly classified government experiment. She's joined by Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, and Oscar award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

The Shape of Water hits theaters on December 8, 2017.