What the critics said ...


"However, the absolute best supporting character of the film award has to go to Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.  Between a drunken sing-a-long session with Hellboy [ ... ] and some of the best furthering of a character in the film through Abe's love interest in Princess Nuala (Anna Walton, also perfect), Abe was an absolute pleasure to watch."

CHUD.COM Brad Witzel

"And in Hellboy II del Toro has created an expanded role for the wonderful Doug Jones as Abe Sapien. (In Hellboy, David Hyde-Pierce was the voice of Abe, but Hyde-Pierce realized that Jones was so completely responsible for the shaping of the character that, magnanimously, he withdrew his name from the credits. In Hellboy II, the voice we hear belongs to Jones.) It was only a matter of time before a deeply romantic creature like Abe fell in love, and in Hellboy II, he does. As he explains to Hellboy in his most lovesick moment: "She's like me - a creature from another world," a simple way of explaining how wonderful it feels to be connected to someone when you've spent your life feeling isolated.

"The alien-looking eyes of Jones' Abe Sapien are difficult to read by themselves. And so Jones expresses his character's deepest fears and longings just by blinking, or by a subtle inclination of his blue-striped, almond-shaped head. These delicate, precise movements are also special effects, small curlicues in the movie's grand design, and del Toro's boldness lies in the fact that he sees their value as part of the magnificent whole."

SALON.COM Stephanie Zacharek

"David Hyde Pierce does not return as the voice of Abe Sapien, being replaced by Doug Jones, the guy who is actually in the suit. You'll only notice the change if you're looking for it, and I mean that as a major compliment to Jones, who keeps the continuity of the character's sound while making Abe completely his own this outing."

CHUD.COM Devin Faraci

"Abe Sapien (Doug Jones, who gets to voice his performance this time, and does it brilliantly) is listening to Vivaldi in his aquarium all by his lonesome. Right from the beginning, you can feel del Toro placing a greater emphasis on Abe; saddled with greater physical limitations than Hellboy, the erudite merman isn't about to go under-exploited for a second film in a row. That said, it's going to take some Barry Manilow and a shitload of Tecate to find the hopeless romantic buried under the scales. "


"A minor buzz was created when it was announced that Doug Jones, that man responsible for the physical performance of Abe Sapien in Hellboy (And the SIlver Surfer, The Faun in Pans Labyrinth, etc) would also be assuming the voice role of Abe in HB II, replacing David Hyde Pierce from the first film. And as a testament to Doug, the change over is barely noticeable if noticeable if all. In all honesty, I prefer Jones' performance to that of Pierce. Jones brings a sense of calm and innocence that Pierce missed out on entirely. Doug Jones is one of my favorite actors in the world, and to finally hear him speak in a role made my day. In many ways this is Abe's movie, and that is due in a large part to the wonderful performance of Doug Jones."


"Blair makes you truly feel Liz's inner pain and love for the big lug, while Jones nicely reveals the new shadings brought to Abe... "

FANGORIA.COM Michael Gingold

"Doug Jones is phenomenal as Abe Sapien. He seems to be covered in a more elaborate series of prosthetics than Perlman, but that doesn't stop him from almost equalling Perlman's performance. And this time Jones gets to use his own voice, which works out great."

411MANIA.COM Brian Kristopowitz

"And blessedly, not only is Doug Jones back as Abe Sapien (as well as two other characters), but he gets to use his own voice this time. One of my favorite plot elements is that Abe is all over this movie. I'd even go so far as to say that the film is as much about his development as it is about Hellboy, and that's about as cool as anything in this movie. The bond between Hellboy and Abe is finally made solid in this second outing; these guys are the best of friends. And there is a sequence involving many cans of beer and way too much Barry Manilow that will become a fan favorite."

GAPERS BLOCK Steve Prokopy

"The true highlight of the film is the increased screen time of Abe Sapien. Doug Jones, who portrayed Sapien in the first movie, was given the honor of actually voicing him this time around. David Hyde Pierce (Niles from Frasier) voiced him in the first movie but Jones, following his great physical performance in not only Hellboy, but also in the second Fantastic Four film (The Silver Surfer) and Pan’s Labyrinth (Fauno and The Pale Man), was finally thrown a bone by his beloved director. He took that bone and ran. It was a fantastic performance and almost stole the film."

411MANIA.COM Shawn S. Lealos

"Also reprising his role is Doug Jones as the aquatic psychic Abe Sapien although this time without the need for David Hyde Pierce's voice. Unless you've seen Hellboy recently it's a change you may not even notice. Jones' physicality of Abe Sapien already gave the character a unique look but now that he's doing the voice as well the performance is complete."

TOMSGAMES.COM Travis Meacham

"The centerpiece moment finds Hellboy and Abe commiserating about their love lives, getting drunk on Mexican beer, and singing along to Barry Manilow's “Can't Smile Without You. It's hilarious but also heartfelt. (It helps that Abe is voiced this time around by Doug Jones, the actor inside his fishy skin.) "


"Hellboy II: The Golden Army opens this week, which is notable because it reunites two of the greatest prosthetic makeup actors of our generation: Ron Perlman as Hellboy, and Doug Jones as the amphibious telepath Abe Sapien [ ... ] Great acting is a combination of practice and concentration and natural talent. Actors and actresses who establish their careers from behind a mask add another feat to the list: endurance. Jones, built so long and skinny that he could be a third Olsen twin, does things with his body under extreme circumstances that make David Blaine seem like a wuss."

SFGATE Peter Hartlaub

"Doug Jones in particular, is amazing as Hellboy's fishy friend Abe Sapien, with an expanded role in this second film to let us get a better feel for what his character's about. The best moment in Hellboy II has nothing to do with fighting bad guys or saving the world (though there's plenty of that), instead it happens when Hellboy and Abe decide to get drunk, play sappy music, and wander around moaning about their love life. It's brilliant because their emotions are so raw and real, yet their appearance is anything but. That juxtaposition will suck you in, and leave you longing for more time with Hellboy and his oddish pals."


"Of special note, however, is Doug Jones, who does triple duty as Abraham Sapien (Hellboy's aquatic sidekick), the Chamberlain, and the Angel of Death. Known almost entirely for his work underneath layers of prosthetics (he played both the Faun and the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth), Jones is an actor who can communicate complex emotions through the simplest of movements (his only equal is Andy Serkis, the mo-cap genius behind Gollum). Has any actor ever been able to do so much with only their fingers?"

TULSA TODAY Evan Derrick

"Abe Sapien, the epicene [ ... ] gill-man played with courtly grace by Doug Jones, has been given a love interest - the evil prince's twin sister (Anna Walton) - which only heightens his anachronistic pained delicacy. When he and Hellboy sing a lonely, drunken duet to Barry Manilow's ''Can't Smile Without You,'' it's a priceless moment, because it's really tweaking the hidden torment of every superhero in history."


"With the upcoming release of Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army this weekend, the talented Doug Jones yet again gets to showcase his brilliant creature acting in three roles: Abe Sapien, the Chamberlain, and the Angel of Death. Luckily I had the chance to interview Doug recently and it was truly an honor - he is one of my favorite actors who always does a fantastic job. His talents are limitless and he's captured my fascination as Abe in Hellboy, the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four, and the Faun in Pan's Labyrinth."


"Ron Perlman's Red is still all beer-drenched machismo, gruff charm and dry wit, while Doug Jones - who plays three roles here [ ... ] - continues to prove he's one of the most underrated performers in the biz today."

IGN Jim Vejvoda

"And Ron Perlman and Doug Jones put on tremendous performances - blending action, emotion, and humor in such a perfect way to make their characters spot-on cool. Put those guys in for Saturn Awards. They are terrific."


"As great as all of this is, and it is, Doug Jones steals the show here! Jones has been the man behind a great many masks over the last two decades, from The Faun himself (in Pan's Labyrinth) to The Silver Surfer (in the Fantastic Four sequel) to a Gentleman (in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Hush") to even that Moon Head guy (in those McDonalds Mac Tonight commercials). Here he not only works through the mask to bring an enchanting humanity to Abe Sapien, but actually uses that mask to make this unreal character much more realistic. As well as David Hyde Pierce did as the voice of Abe Sapien, Jones' unified approach makes the character even better. He did Sapien's voice on the set of Hellboy, but was overdubbed and was also the voice of Abe in Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms and Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron. Needless to say, he's got the voice down to the point that everything about Abe Sapien seems natural, from his brainy, bookish side, to his gunslinging action side, to his party side (the scene of a loaded Abe and Hellboy singing Barry Manilow is worth the price of a ticket by itself) to even his romantic side as he finds himself very much in love with Nuala. The man is incredible and though Abe himself does manage to steal the show here, Doug also plays two other parts onscreen (The Chamberlain and The Angel of Death). Only Brian Steele managed to play more ... and in much smaller parts. "


"Ron Perlman was born to portray Hellboy, a tough, macho superhero of sorts who's really just a puppy dog on the inside. Decked out in make-up and prosthetics, Perlman, as well as Doug Jones (2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) as the gilled, webbed, amphibious Abe, take hold of their characters to such an expert degree that the audience instantly accepts their looks and concentrates on their irresistible personalities."


"Doug Jones was magnificent, much in the same respect of Perlman being Hellboy; Jones is Abe Sapien in every way you can think."

TCWREVIEWS.COM Clifford Kiyabu

"The true highlight of the film is the increased screen time of Abe Sapien. Doug Jones, who portrayed Sapien in the first movie, was given the honor of actually voicing him this time around. David Hyde Pierce (Niles from Frasier) voiced him in the first movie but Jones, following his great physical performance in not only Hellboy, but also in the second Fantastic Four film (The Silver Surfer) and Pan's Labyrinth (Fauno and The Pale Man), was finally thrown a bone by his beloved director. He took that bone and ran. It was a fantastic performance and almost stole the film."


"Doug Jones really entertains with the very likable Abe Sapien, but he also plays two other roles in this film one being the (female) Angel of Death. He pulled off all three without me realizing he did each one separately, excellent actor."


And finally, some words from the magnificent Ron Perlman, Doug's co-star in HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY

"I thought it was phenomenal that we finally got a chance to bask in the greatness of Doug Jones - times three, by the way, because he is also The Chamberlain and the Angel of Death. He's a major talent who's finally getting the attention he so richly deserves."

In interview with MediaBlvd Magazine

"Doug was the beneficiary of a great, heavily featured subplot in this movie, where romance ensues between Abe and the fairy Princess Nuala (Anna Walton), who's the most beautiful female freak to ever walk the Earth. That's given Doug a chance to spread his wings and shine, especially with the buddy aspect of Abe getting drunk and breaking out into song with Hellboy. But then, Doug's always been an actor of great accomplishment. With no disrespect to David Hyde-Pierce, I think it was a little gratuitous to re-voice Doug in the first Hellboy. But whether or not you use his voice or not, Doug's going to give you 170 percent. That's just his work ethic. And he's a model actor to boot. Doug's got way more discipline than me, and he's probably much more dedicated than I am. He's the disciplined member of our freakish clan down under. And I loved seeing him wallow in the fruits of what Guillermo was giving him to do in Hellboy II. It was a pleasure to watch."

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