Michael Stuhlbarg is getting his share of critical acclaim in director Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name as a loving father, and he also delivers fine work as a dedicated scientist in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.
Set during the Cold War era in Baltimore, the tale centers on Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute janitor who works at the Occam Aerospace Research Center along with her lifelong friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Her life is forever changed when a creature (Doug Jones, whose character is simply named the “amphibian man) is transported to the building for a bit of research. Though this creature finds a loving bond with Elisa and a bit of concerned sympathy from Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Stuhlbarg), the amphibian man is abused by his malevolent handler (Michael Shannon).
Click on the media bar to hear Stuhlbarg explain why working with Guillermo del Toro was a “singular” experience:
The Shape of Water opens in select theaters Friday, December 1.