The movie won the Oscar for ‘Best Picture,’ but what do we really know about this Sci Fi?
Guillermo del Toro directed this strange love story between a mute janitor and a sea creature from the Amazon. Some have compared it to ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon,’ but there’s far more to this story than meets the eye.
The name of the lead, Elisa Esposito, gives away hints about her character. Elisa, like Eliza from ‘My Fair Lady’, is a working class character. Her last name, Esposito, translates to ‘exposed’ in Italian. The name was given to orphans who were given up for adoption. For Elisa, it shows her character has no family.
A fun fact: Guillermo del Toro was drunk when he told Sally Hawkins his idea of “The Shape of Water.”
It took Doug Jones three hours each day to get into his costume as Amphibian Man. His character didn’t talk, so he mimicked the way dogs respond to sounds with their heads.