I got the chance to attend an “event” with Doug Jones at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I say “event” in parenthesis because I’m unsure how to classify it – it was kind of a one-man-show-monologue entitled “Identity: The Man Behind the Mask”.
Doug essentially gave a lecture on who he is as an actor, how he got to where he is today, and most importantly, how he found his identity. It was more like a performance than a lecture, and I thought Doug did a great job. The audience was really focused on every word – Doug has a great stage presence. He’s funny and very likeable (as we all know) and I was surprised how introspective his story was. I was expecting more of a technical lecture on being an actor in Hollywood, but this was about a man finding himself, and I thought Doug had some interesting things to say. He started with his life as sort of an outcast goofy teenager, and went on to cover his “mime” period at Ball State, his first job as a salesman, his big break doing Mac Tonight! commercials, and finally his work with Guillermo Del Toro. I think Doug has done this kind of event before, so if you’re lucky you’ll get a chance to see it someday – I highly recommend it.
Below is a special treat – this was Doug’s “finale” – a mime performance piece called “The Gift”. I think it sums up well how Doug views his life at the moment, and how he gets the motivation to do what he does – which is act, travel, travel, act, sit through intense make-up sessions, and repeat. It is clear that you fans out there are what keep him going – so keep up the great support for Doug. THERE’S LOVE!
And now…The Gift: