Fifty Shades of Grey it’s not, but The Shape of Water has been the romance inspiring some intrepid monster enthusiasts to get creative with their plasticky homages. A XenoCat Artifacts sex toy takes its inspiration from Doug Jones’ aquatic protagonist in the film, basing the device on the creature’s confirmed but not displayed penis.
Of course, what’s most pressing in this situation is what those behind The Shape of Water think about the shape of their fans' art. Speaking with The Wrap, Jones and writer/director Guillermo del Toro weighed in.
“With a light chuckle, I can tell you it’s not exactly what I’d hoped for,” said Jones, who followed up that he had no problem being memorialized in plastic ... just not like this. “I’ve actually had several real action figures made of my creature roles in the past — all done in good taste,” Jones said.
Jones is the go-to actor for otherworldly performances, portraying Abe in the Hellboy films, The Pale Man and Pan in Pan’s Labyrinth, and The Bye Bye Man in, well, The Bye Bye Man. But The Shape of Water’s lead is different. “After pouring my heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into this romantic, beautiful, magical role, the last thing I want to be remembered for is a silicone appendage that comes in two sizes,” Jones said.
Del Toro had a bit more fun with the absurdity of it all, saying that fellow Oscar nominees probably don’t deal with this sort of thing. “I’m sure Dunkirk doesn’t have that problem,” he said. “I don’t think it’s an accurate representation. It’s some form of fan art … I guess.” Awards season has taken an unexpectedly steamy turn late in the game, but we can only posit that this will help The Shape of Water’s Oscar chances.