You should know it’s the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day’s destiny to bring about the destruction of the Earth. Not now, not tomorrow, but soon enough.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
With most of these BTS pics I find a little magic in imagining I was there when they were taken, using them to try to construct the vibe of that moment in time. Is it serious, is it jovial, is it stressful? All that adds up to a mini-fantasy in my mind of hanging out with Humphrey Bogart on the set of Casablanca or Spielberg as the shark isn’t working and he’s having to figure out something else to shoot or goofing off with James Dean and Natalie Wood between takes on Rebel Without A Cause.
Today’s picture, however, is different. I was actually on the set of Hellboy 2 on this day. I saw Doug Jones in his Angel of Death make-up, heard the chorus of mini-servos revving every time the eyeballs on his wings blinked, heard Guillermo del Toro geek the fuck out about this spectacular design.
So, I can tell you that Doug was able to see through one of the cracks in the flat, bone-like face and that wire you see in the below picture was to keep the weight of the animatronic wings off of Doug’s back. That thing was HEAVY.
It’s a bit of a different experience, but I can say that set was super impressive and the photo you see isn’t tricking you into thinking that make-up was rad as hell. It matches my memory of that visit very closely.
Left to right, you have make-up artist Thom Floutz, Doug Jones as the Angel of Death and director Guillermo del Toro. Thanks to my buddy Kevin McTurk and super cool Mike Elizalde of Spectral Motion for sending this one along. Click to enlargen.
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Tomorrow’s pic has wood!
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Aug. 23, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST
Yes, please! This creature was beautiful! And I am still intrigued about what the angel alluded to in the fact that Liz will be the one to suffer most in choosing to let him live.
Aug. 23, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST
Hellboy 2 was so dreadful.
Aug. 23, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST
Hellboy 2 was a splendid fantasy adventure with a more unrestrained Guillermo Del Toro turning up the fun several notches with great performances, beautiful visuals, and an intriguing story that leaves many possibilities open for a third film, which is now being strongly considered thanks to Ron Perlman's class act appearing as Hellboy for Make a Wish.
Aug. 23, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST
Really don't like Peter Jackson's LTR adaptation, but was very curious to see what del Toro would have done with Middle Earth. Alas, never to know... And agree, HELLBOY 2 wasn't very good. Loved the first one, though.
Aug. 23, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST
Christ, what a miserable life you must live.
Aug. 23, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST
Brought me back to theaters. Guilleremo would have killed it if he did Hobbit.
Aug. 23, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST
Aug. 23, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST
Aug. 23, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST
Aug. 23, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST
Would have had Smaug/Cthulhu voiced by Ron Perlman
Aug. 23, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST
Aug. 23, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
I think its mostly fantastic. Probably my most rewatchable Del Toro flick. I thought it was MUCH better than the first one.
Aug. 23, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST
all Del Toro and no Mignola. That's why I find it dreadful.
Aug. 23, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST
Yup, it was upon discovering that people thought this movie was quote unquote shit that i realised i had no idea what people will dig anymore.
I'm completely out of touch.
Aug. 23, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST
That's seriously your reason for calling such an amazing film dreadful? You really need to learn to enjoy a movie for what it is, instead of disparaging it for what it isn't.
Aug. 23, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST
I thought #2 was MUCH better than the first one. While you can't knock the production design of the first movie, everything else was pretty suspect: the acting was kinda meh (especially the love interest), the villain was kinda meh, the creature design eventually devolved into a mass of tentacles and the pace was horrible (and too many poser shots). Luke Goss was a much better villain and the pacing was a lot better. That alone improved things dramatically. Add in better acting and the second is pretty damn fun. So as long as GDT keeps the vibe from the second one I'd be glad to see a third one.
Aug. 23, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST
I think Mike, who was a writer, executive producer, and visual designer of the movie would disagree.
Aug. 23, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST
but thought 2nd one was better. The inventiveness on show, for example in the Troll Market, was any fantasy-nerd's dream. Looking forward to a 3rd, is it in the works?
Aug. 23, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST
Thought I read somewhere that Lucas was jealous of the Troll Market, because that's what he always envisioned the Cantina scene would be. As for a 3rd, Del Toro said back in July that he has started shopping an idea around. Wish they would go with the rumored idea back when HB2 first released: Hellboy vs. Universal Monsters.
Aug. 24, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST
They've worked together on most of his films now if memory serves. Never bigger than in PACIFIC RIM
Aug. 24, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST
That would stop the pay cheques flowing in.
Aug. 24, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST
That's interesting re Lucas and the Troll Market. It's pretty cool that GDT seems to like real effects over CGI stuff. oh to see At The Mountains Of Madness made by this dude......but seems we will just have to dream.
Aug. 24, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST
What does geeking out sound like? I imagine a series of squeeks and grunts followed by an ejaculation of some sort out of the ears.
Aug. 24, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST
I really enjoyed the two animated films more.
Aug. 24, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST
From the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror where Homer becomes Death. I find it funny that this Death's name is in fact Doug.
Aug. 24, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST
Being the go-to guy for heavy demonic headgear?
Aug. 24, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST
Aug. 24, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST
Sam Rockwell for FIRE, Ralf Moeller for FEAR and um... Lara Flynn Boyle for MORTIS. That is all.
Aug. 24, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST
Hope they get to make a part 3 sooner rather than later.
Aug. 24, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST
Thought they were both great and I really hope the series continues. Better than the comics, IMHO, and yes I'm a Mignola fan.
Aug. 24, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
For one, anything remotely C'thulu-like has my biased interest and something about the crazy beautiful/super-hotness of Biddy Hodson as "Ilsa" that just worked for me. Always had a thing for Selma Blair too...and yes, Ron Perlman is freakin PERFECT as Hellboy. The 2nd was a little less corny/campy, they both had working comic relief moments (the bull's eye pebble throw still makes me laugh my ass off as well as the "Toilet seat? He called it a toilet seat!" line) But even though Luke Goss was a better realized villain, Rasputin and crew from the first was more ominous and overtly threatening to everything. Sure, the Golden Army in the hands of the Nuada may have led to a war with humanity but they're just soldiers - even if indestructible, baring some magically induced omnipotence (which they did not seem to have outside of that slow self-repair), there would be a number of ways to neutralize them. not to mention the sympathy purposefully sewn for the villain in part 2 which worked so well it actually left the genuine antagonist spot a little light in terms of story narrative (BRPD leadership was more antagonistic than Nuada for a good part of this movie) - hard to root for the "good guys" when you're utterly sympathetic to the "bad guys" - even HB himself wasn't clear on it in the flick and only did what he "had to do" - an interesting idea but again, it left the villain spot a little thin). A great, highly re-watchable movie yes, of course, but off in some way...and I think the blurring of good/bad for Nuada was part of the issue...(also didn't seem to be a need for Nuala to die but that's another conversation).
Aug. 25, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST
Seeing Sargatanas in live-action would be utterly bitchen...
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