Ever since Netflix announced an Addams spinoff in 2020 on Wednesday, fans have been eagerly awaiting the ever-popular goth teenager (played by You star Jenna Ortega) to hit the small screen.
And although he debuted just a week ago, Wednesday has already broken the streamer’s weekly viewership record with more than 300 million views so far.
On the hit show, Wednesday trades the Addams mansion for Nevermore Academy, but thankfully, a family member is still (literally) by her side.
On November 27, Netflix shared behind-the-scenes photos of actor and magician Victor Dorobantu playing Thing on Twitter. Dorobantu wears a blue screen suit to disguise himself on camera and can be seen in a variety of poses and positions to help capture the perfect shot.
Everyone’s favorite disembodied hand Thing really shone in the latest TV adaptation, and fans flooded the post with comments praising Dorobantu’s work.
Since being shared, the on-set snaps have garnered over 112,500 likes and more than 11,000 retweets.
Who plays ‘Thing’ in Wednesday?
The role of Thing, who self-describes as a “magician, illusionist and events entertainer” on Instagram, is Dorobantu’s debut on the small screen.
In a video shared on November 1, Dorobantu shares his excitement at spotting his hand on a giant billboard while in another he poses with showrunner Tim Burton on the red carpet.
Born in Ploiesti, Romania, Dorobantu, 25, described the role on social media as “a dream come true”.
In conversation with screen rantOn Wednesday, actress Jenna Ortega explained how Burton wanted to use physical effects for Thing, just like he did in the 1990s movies and the original 1960s TV show.
“It was so funny because Thing language was just invented that day,” the star said screen rant.
“Tim wanted it to be a real actor like they did in the ’90s movies, so it was this wizard named Victor.
“He wore a full blue suit and hid behind walls and under beds. Then they built this prosthetic on his hand so it looked like a wrist button and he walked around.
“Tim really liked his mannerisms and he would spend hours every day on his hair and makeup just to put that hand on.”
bring “thing” to life
Wednesday premiered on Netflix on November 23. The spin-off focuses on teenager Wednesday Addams’ time at Nevermore Academy, a school for supernatural creatures and outcasts.
Though boarding school means leaving mother Morticia (played by Catherine Zeta Jones) and father Gomez (Luis Guzmán) behind, Thing sticks by her and appears in all eight episodes.
In the tweet shared by Netflix, Dorobantu can be seen alongside Ortega, who is fully dressed in a blue suit so it can be digitally removed in post-production.
Other behind-the-scenes footage shows Dorobantu hiding around a corner, with his arm sticking out for a close-up of Thing, while another rides Dorobantu on a cart being driven by a crew member while his hand is over the ground trots.
Twitter users were impressed with Dorobantu’s work on the show, particularly his ability to convey so much personality with just his hand.
“That thing is the true MVP (Most Valuable Player)” commented user A.
“‘Thing’ stole the show,” agreed Mel Greer.
“[I was] I’m like, ‘Am I really crying for a hand?’” Karma is My Friend wrote.
While QMA commented, “I hope there’s a best supporting limb category this season.”
Newsweek has reached out to Victor Dorobantu for comment.
When is Wednesday Season 2 coming to Netflix?
A second season of Wednesday has yet to be announced, but with its massive viewership, it’s a safe bet that Thing and the rest of the Addams family will have another gig on Wednesday.
The season one finale left the door open for a second run, and co-showrunner Miles Millar narrated TVLine He would like to explore the mother-daughter relationship between Wednesday and Morticia in more detail.
“We felt like we only scratched the surface with these characters, and the actors are so amazing in these roles,” he said.
“Catherine is an iconic Morticia in my opinion. Wednesday and Morticia’s relationship is also integral to the show, and the idea of Wednesday trying to find her own way outside of the family is important.”
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