Doug Jones defends Guillermo del Toro following plagiarism allegations

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2018
Doug Jones

Doug Jones

Doug Jones has defended Guillermo del Toro after allegations of plagiarism and claimed the Mexican filmmaker would "never copy anyone else's work"

Doug Jones has defended Guillermo del Toro following accusations he plagiarised another filmmaker.

The critically-acclaimed director is currently under fire from 'Amelie' filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet after he claimed del Toro copied a scene from one his 1991 fantasy/crime movie 'Delicatessen'.

But now, Jones - who has collaborated with del Toro on a number of movies including 'Hellboy' and Academy Award-nominated 'The Shape of Water' - has defended the filmmaker saying he would never "copy anyone else's work".

Speaking to TMZ, Jones said: "I know nothing about any of that.

"What I do know is Guillermo del Toro would never copy anyone else's work. I do know Guillermo and he would never have done that."

Jeunet made the accusations to the French newspaper Ouest France and admitted he isn't angry with del Toro but disappointed as he thinks he has "a lot of talent".

He said: "I told [del Toro] 'you have a lot of imagination, a lot of talent. Why go and [steal] the ideas of others?'

"[Del Toro] said, 'we owe Terry Gilliam everything.' According to [del Toro], he does not steal from others, it is Terry Gilliam who has influenced us all.

"When he [directs] the scene of the couple sitting on the edge of the bed dancing with their feet, with the musical in the background on TV, it is so copied and pasted [from] 'Delicatessen' that there is a moment when I say to myself that he lacks self-respect.

"Guillermo has enough talent not to do that. It is obvious that he had 'Delicatessen' in mind [when he filmed that scene]."

Del Toro is currently receiving critical acclaim for his latest gothic love story - which has been nominated for 13 Academy Awards this year - which stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Jones.

The Shape of Water

  • 5 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
  • UK release: 16 February 2018

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through…

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