Can’t even shout, can’t even cry,
The gentlemen are coming by.
Doug Jones as The Gentleman from Joss Whedon’s 1999 episode of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” entitled; “Hush”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer series creator wrote the episode “Hush” in reaction to people commenting that the reason for Buffy’s success was the dialogue. Wanting to prove that there was more to the show, he created The Gentlemen, villains who steal the voices of the population of Sunnydale, rendering everyone in the town unable to speak.
And in so doing he created what in my opinion are the creepiest and most memorable of all the Buffyverse bad guys. Joss’ efforts also paid off with both Emmy and Bram Stoker Award nominations.
In his script Whedon described them as ‘old, bone-white, bald – Nosferatu meets Hellraiser by way of the Joker.’
The ‘Gentleman’ make-up was designed by John Wheaton of Optic Nerve Studios and applied by Todd Mackintosh.
In a interview by Joe Nazzaro in Issue 66, November 2004, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer magazine Todd McIntosh, Chief Make-Up Artist, had this to say on creating The Gentlemen
I’d have to say The Gentlemen still end up being characters that everyone talks about, because everything about them was done exquisitely. They took time and were difficult, but they came together, and I have to say that the actor I did, Doug Jones, was absolutely magnificent in bringing it to life.
The elements of a make-up don’t exist on their own, but when you’ve got an actor and a make-up coming together with a story that supports them, it’s magic, and The Gentlemen certainly represented that to me.
I think there was a mutual respect between all of us that ended up creating that one stand-alone thing.
Doug Jones went on to portray Abe Sapien in both live action Hellboy movies,as well as the voice of Abe in the HB Animated films. He has also played The Silver Surfer in the last Fantastic Four movie, as well as playing both The Faun and The Pale Man in “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
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