The actor Richard Jenkins earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance of Giles in The shape of water, after his last nomination in 2009 for his performance as Tom McCarthy in The visitor.
In the film directed by Guillermo del Toro, the character of Jenkins has a crude personality and at times he can seem even cruel, but at some point in the story he radically changes his role to become the great companion of the heroine Elisa Esposito.
It is the first time that Richard Jenkins works with Guillermo del Toro and the work of the Mexican director was completely unknown to the actor. The only thing I knew about him was his famous movie The Pan’s Labyrinth. “I didn’t know how to react, Guillermo sent me an email in which he wrote: ‘Read this script, I would like you to play Giles’. I read it and I loved it but I didn’t know the likes of Guillermo del Toro ».
The film is set in the 1960s and criticizes the cruelty of both commanders during the Cold War, but Jenkins not only transported himself to that decade once he read the script for the first time and visited the recording set. He felt like he was traveling back to the 1940s, the late 1930s, and sometimes the early 1940s.
Para Jenkins, The shape of water it is not a horror movie. “Why should it be? It is terrifying what happens to the sea monster, but it is the only thing I see of terror, “he tells us. There is also something even more terrible that the actor loves and it is the character’s raw attitude towards Elisa. “I don’t want to talk about it anymore, he’s not a human being,” she replies when her neighbor and best friend asks for her help to rescue him. “I love the character because he is very hard on her, but he ends up giving in because there is nothing more valuable in his life than Elisa’s friendship.”
The nomination was not in vain, the actor made us feel angry when he rejected it and we felt a great thanks almost as if we were as in love with the monster as Elisa.
Susana Guzman De la O Writing and cinema are my greatest loves. I admire Tarkovski, but I cry every time I see Up.