By Michael Gingold
Fango recently chatted with actor Doug Jones, a favorite creature performer of Guillermo del Toro, who’s now on screen—albeit briefly—in Screen Gems’ supernatural actioner LEGION. “Yes, it’s a cameo, actually—90 seconds of pure terror!” the actor quips of his appearance as the Ice Cream Man, who distends demonically to threaten the human characters caught up in a war between destructive angels.
“So I talked to Scott Stewart about this before we filmed, and he said, ‘No, I’m not preaching anything about religion.’ He just wanted an excuse to make a movie where angels are holding machine guns and knives and fighting, and it was really cool. On a theological level, if you will, the question the movie poses is, if you were living in Old Testament times, where God was often wrathful and vengeful in the Scriptures, would humanity be at a place today where we deserve a second flood, much like Noah and his family endured? The answer would probably be a big fat yes. And this flood is a legion of angels coming from heaven instead of water raining down. So it’s a great discussion-starter. If you look at it that way, it’s just a retelling of a tale that’s already been told. And for entertainment’s sake, LEGION’s a great, kick-ass movie.”
Although Jones has done any number of movies in which he’s been augmented via digital FX (most notably FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, in which he played the title role), he had never directly collaborated before with Stewart, a visual FX vet making his feature directorial debut on LEGION. “His type of work usually comes after I’m done with something, when they add computer graphics to what I’ve done, or around me or on me. There might be someone from the company on set to make sure we’re going about things correctly so they can add things later, but I never met Scott in that capacity.” Nonethless, Stewart is apparently a fan of Jones and sought him out specifically. “For that, I’m eternally grateful to him,” Jones says, “and knowing his work now, I’m a big fan of his too. I can’t wait to see PRIEST, the one he’s doing with Paul Bettany [who stars as LEGION’s Michael] again, with vampires.”