This week we’ll be recording Doug Jones as Abe Sapien. For those not familiar with his name, Doug played Abe Sapien in Guillermo del Toro’s movie. You didn’t hear his voice but that was him onscreen. So who would understand the character better than the actor who sweated through hours of makeup to create him?
Abe has a small role in the first movie but is one of the investigating team in the second. He was one of the first characters to be explored by Cheeks. You can see that he made him a little more "contemporary" in feel than I was comfortable with. And I didn't think he should have to take time to strip down before diving into water. Sean went back into the design but we kept the feeling of body armor/flack vest and combined it with a wet suit. We toyed with the idea of putting BPRD on the back of the vest but in other countries the organization has a different name.
This final version is by Greg Guler with some notes by Cheeks. The arm fins have been simplified for animation. His head is narrower, giving him a more streamlined, elegant feel. The color by Tracey Jones will be tweaked depending on the lighting of each sequence but this is basically the Abe you'll see on the screen.
Takes a village to design a fishman. -- Tad