Fans of Marvel's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer were given a treat as the film approaches its fifteenth anniversary when actor Doug Jones shared a new behind the scenes image of the making of the movie, that he noted defied all those who believed the Silver Surfer was purely a CGI character. While the graphics of the time were not anywhere near what is achievable now, and the Surfer has not aged well, the image of Jones wearing a silver suit, suspended on wires, proves that behind the dodgy looking graphics there was actually a real Silver Surfer on set at all times.
"If you thought my Silver Surfer character from Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer was all CGI, this behind the scenes photo from our shoot 15 years ago proves otherwise," Jones tweeted. "CGI enhancements added in post production." You can see the post and the photo below.
Doug Jones is one of the iconic creature character actors of our time, but is rarely recognizable on screen due to being buried under monster make-up or hidden under CGI. He has appeared in Hocus Pocus as Billy Butcherson, Buffy The Vampire Slayer as one of the Gentlemen in the episode Hush, Men in Black, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, The Flash, The Strain and The Shape of Water, as well as taking on the role of Count Orlok in the remake of Nosferatu. He currently plays Saru in Star Trek: Discovery, and while discussing that role with ComicBook.com last year, he mentioned that he would love to play the Silver Surfer again if the chance came up.
"If they were going to bring the Silver Surfer back to film, [if] it was offered to me, I would jump at the chance. I loved playing him," Jones said. "He was so heroic and angelic and Christ-like even. He's the kind of superhero that I want to be in my real life. And beautiful. He had the best ass I've ever had on film. So if I could play him again, I would jump at the chance, sure."
In a previous interview with Deadline, he also spoke about the role and compared it to his current Star Trek character. "I had the pleasure of playing the Silver Surfer in the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and I did explore the comic books and his origins and I love connecting with characters like that," he said. "The ones that do sacrifice something, leave something behind for a greater cause and Saru was doing that exact thing, as you'll find that out in the short film and you'll see Saru's curiosity looking to the sky wondering what else is out there and finding a way to break away from his people. But it comes at a cost and he has to leave the world he knows and leave the people he loves behind. Much like the Silver Surfer. With Saru he wants to be a part of keeping the universe safe and keeping the galaxy running smoothly so there is a certain heroic act there. Wow, that's a great parallel, thank you!"
With the Fantastic Four soon to arrive in the MCU, there is no telling whether the opportunity for Jones to bring the Surfer back to the screen again could be just around the corner.