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Guillermo del Toro has created some terrifying human beings in his movies. Michael Shannon plays his next antagonist and I can imagine del Toro turning him into one truly terrifying presence in his fairy tale. The trailer already has me fearing what he might do to Michael Stuhlbarg, who after his fantastic performance in Fargo, I expect to be the recipient of more pain and suffering. Shannon’s character, Strickland (a strong villain name if there ever was one), is probably more interested in harming the fish-man (Doug Jones) he has trapped.
Below, check out Strickland, the fish-man, and more in some new The Shape of Waters photos.
Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky - Elisa - Government - Laboratory
Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) stars in the R-rated, two-hour-long fable as Elisa. She plays a mute government laboratory employee who discovers a classified government experiment with her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer). The experiment is a highly intelligent creature once worshiped by inhabitants in Amazon. Strickland is less impressed. When he wants to cut the fish-man open and see what’s underneath, Elisa (Hawkins) can’t sit by and do nothing. She might receive some help from her artist and friend, Giles (Richard Jenkins).
Del Toro has directed some beautiful period pieces. His movies, period or not, tend to be quite beautiful, but the light on Hawkins’ face as she stands below the fish-man, the contrast of her red jacket in the bleak hallway, and the blues in the lab do make for some visually appealing photos. Elisa seems to radiate light. It’s no real surprise that the next movie from del Toro...
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