Thing speaks: Meet the man behind Wednesday’s disembodied hand

What other elements went into the creation of Thing?

We found ways to take parts from American Sign Language [hand gestures] use the military in war. We’re trying to take Morse code, we’ve tried taking everything possible with hands and developing our own language.

Which part was the hardest to learn?

I remember spending a lot of time perfecting the middle finger gesture. Even that was very difficult to express with so much emotion. It’s not just a middle finger, it’s the whole emotion you exude when you do this. So we paid attention to every detail and Tim did that really really well. He was so into Thing that he wanted to shoot the scene 20 times if we needed it.

Sounds like you’ve spent a lot of time in front of the mirror…

I turn around, yes

Did you examine how the other fingers reacted and the tension in the muscles?

Yes. If you watch this scene and stop, you will see that the wrist stump remains a little twisted. So it’s like… I don’t know how to explain it.

It’s a bit of attitude.

Yes / Yes.

I see you have some tattoos on the fingers of your Thing hand.

Yeah, I did them way before the shootings and the prosthetics team spent a lot of time covering them with paints and things like that.

Is it the play, pause and fast forward icons?

Yes, when I made them I thought about having the option to pause or play life. There are moments in life when you just want to pause and enjoy them more, and some moments you want to rewind and see them again. And I have a lightning bolt on my thumb because I… I don’t know how to say it. I’m an excited person. I’m like the Tasmanian devil.

And on the other hand too [raises left forearm] I have a small tattoo of Thing that I did a few years ago without knowing I’m going to do it be Thing. I do not know. The only tattoo I got while filming was the Nightshade Society symbol on my chest.

You must have been a big fan of The Addams family and thing before you did that?

I loved the character so much because he’s a big personality in a small hand. I saw all this when I was little.

Did you watch the 90’s movies or the 60’s TV series?

All of them. The animations, the new ones, the old ones. All of them. Thing speaks: Meet the man behind Wednesday’s disembodied hand

Charles Jones

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