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GeekView:Doug Jones the Element of Danger

Doug Jones who you can currently see in the Shape of Water and Star Trek Discovery and soon will be staring in Nosferatu, will be in Modesto on February 24th for a special FREE screening of The Danger Element. This Indie Sci-Fi Action Adventure Film was locally produced by MJC students. I was able to arrange for Doug to answer some questions in between his very busy schedule.

MV-Modesto is a world away from Hollywood. How did you get involved with Westhaven Brook and the Danger Element?

DJ- I met John Soares and Justin Spurlock at Comic Con in San Diego when Guillermo del Toro and I were there doing a public signing to promote “Pan’s Labyrinth” in 2006. They waited in a very long line, and when they got up to our table, it was with such a sincere gush of adoration that I found charming. John handed me a DVD of some of Westhavenbrook’s work, and it took me almost another year to finally notice that DVD again and pop it in for a watch. I think it was an early episode of their web series “Sock Baby” that roped me in. Delightfully daffy with amazing stunt fighting, and I was hooked. I got hold of John, and now it was my turn to gush back at him. We stayed in touch, and it led to him offering me a role to play an evil version of myself in “Sock Baby 4,” as well as the scenery chewing villain, Dr. Elymas in “The Danger Element.”

MV-You have over 150 credits from Indie to Blockbuster films and appearances on TV. What are the limitations and benefits of working on an Indie film like the Danger Element?

DJ-The major limitation of any indie film is lack of budget. None of us got rich off of the filming of “The Danger Element,” in fact, all of us went a little in the hole over it, even if it was just gas money. But the benefit of indie films like this one are why we make those little sacrifices, and that would include the simple fiber of passion. Westhavenbrook is a young film company with such passion for storytelling, and passion for laughing as much as possible. I got to play a comedic, evil scientist with a horrible French accent, making up my own pronunciations as I went, no crazy monster make-up, with the freedom to go as over-the-top as I wished. A big studio film would never have allowed me that freedom, especially back in 2009 when we started filming this. But my indie director John Soares encouraged it!

MV- You are best known for your prosthetic work in films, where you spend hours in the make up chair. We get to see your face in The Danger Element. What is it like to be one of the most in-demand actors in the film that most people would have a hard time recognizing on the street?

DJ- Even though I’ve had quite a year full of attention in the press, I still enjoy a certain amount of anonymity on the street. I can sip a mocha at a coffee shop and not cause a mob scene. At the same time, when it’s announced who I am and what I’ve played at a convention, speaking engagement, or a red carpet event, I can enjoy the fun that comes with the world of celebrity then. I really do get the best of both worlds.

Doug Jones who you can currently see in the Shape of Water and Star Trek Discovery and soon will be staring in Nosferatu, will be in Modesto on February 24th for a special FREE screening of The Danger Element. This Indie Sci-Fi Action Adventure Film was locally produced by students at MJC.

MV-Modesto is a world away from Hollywood. How did you get involved with Westhaven Brook and the Danger Element?

DJ- I met John Soares and Justin Spurlock at Comic Con in San Diego when Guillermo del Toro and I were there doing a public signing to promote “Pan’s Labyrinth” in 2006. They waited in a very long line, and when they got up to our table, it was with such a sincere gush of adoration that I found charming. John handed me a DVD of some of Westhavenbrook’s work, and it took me almost another year to finally notice that DVD again and pop it in for a watch. I think it was an early episode of their web series “Sock Baby” that roped me in. Delightfully daffy with amazing stunt fighting, and I was hooked. I got hold of John, and now it was my turn to gush back at him. We stayed in touch, and it led to him offering me a role to play an evil version of myself in “Sock Baby 4,” as well as the scenery chewing villain, Dr. Elymas in “The Danger Element.”

MV-You have over 150 credits from Indie to Blockbuster films and appearances on TV. What are the limitations and benefits of working on an Indie film like the Danger Element?

DJ-The major limitation of any indie film is lack of budget. None of us got rich off of the filming of “The Danger Element,” in fact, all of us went a little in the hole over it, even if it was just gas money. But the benefit of indie films like this one are why we make those little sacrifices, and that would include the simple fiber of passion. Westhavenbrook is a young film company with such passion for storytelling, and passion for laughing as much as possible. I got to play a comedic, evil scientist with a horrible French accent, making up my own pronunciations as I went, no crazy monster make-up, with the freedom to go as over-the-top as I wished. A big studio film would never have allowed me that freedom, especially back in 2009 when we started filming this. But my indie director John Soares encouraged it!

MV- You are best known for your prosthetic work in films, where you spend hours in the make up chair. We get to see your face in The Danger Element. What is it like to be one of the most in-demand actors in the film that most people would have a hard time recognizing on the street?

DJ- Even though I’ve had quite a year full of attention in the press, I still enjoy a certain amount of anonymity on the street. I can sip a mocha at a coffee shop and not cause a mob scene. At the same time, when it’s announced who I am and what I’ve played at a convention, speaking engagement, or a red carpet event, I can enjoy the fun that comes with the world of celebrity then. I really do get the best of both worlds.

MV-One last Question, Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

DJ-The Beatles for me!!

The Danger Element Screening with Q&A with Cast and Crew

Modesto Junior College Auditorium 435 College Ave. Modesto, CA 7 pm FREE

 

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Middagh Goodwin LIVES Music. He has been booking and promoting Music, Art and Comedy for years in the Central Valley. He ran the award winning Plea for Peace Center in Stockton for 5 Years and has booked bands from A-Z. Middagh is beginning 2016 with a new position at the Gallo Center for the Arts and celebrating Beat Happy! Music's 30th Anniversary. Read the MAMAView every month and a the Needle Drop 52 Records 52 Weeks.