Jake, when are you going to realize you are a terrible shot with that thing?
~ Barron mocking Jake of his aiming.
Eventually you're gonna run out of breath. And then it'll be all over. Death for your beloved Jake, and Miss Peregrine. Everlasting life for me. (Takes a whiff of Emma's breath) Ewww. And a mint for you!
~ Barron to Emma when she is using her breath to hold him back.
Mr. Barron is the main antagonist of the 2016 film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. He is based on Dr. Golan in books, however, unlike in the book, Dr. Golan, his real name and his alias as psychiatrist is swapped: While in the book, Dr. Golan is his real name, here, his real name is Mr. Barron and Dr. Golan is his psychiatrist disguise instead. Other differences include the gender of his psychiatrist disguise. Whereas the character's psychiatrist disguise in book is male, in film the gender of said disguise is female instead.
He was portrayed by the famous actor Samuel L. Jackson, who also portrayed Richmond Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service. In his disguises, he was portrayed by Asa Butterfield (In Jake's form), Rupert Everett (in John Lamont's form), who also played Prince Charming from the Shrek films, Sloan Blackburn in The Wild Thornberry's Movie and Dr. Claw in the Inspector Gadget film, and Allison Janney (in Dr. Golan's form) who also played Gladys Sharp in Over The Hedge and Ms. Grunion in Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Information and Background
Barron is the leader of the Wights – human-like creatures that hunt and kill Peculiars with their "Peculiar" physical abilities so they can consume their eyeballs and become human again.
All Wights, include himself, were used to be Hollowgasts, invisible abominations that created as a result of failed experiment to become immortals by using a Ymbryne (a Peculiar who can transform into a bird and manipulate time) done by himself and his rogue Peculiars in an unused loop in hopes of achieving immortality. Unfortunately, the experiment went wrong and they transformed into Hollows. Barron himself is among Hollowgasts that succeed in changing back into humans by consuming Peculiars' eyes (mainly children) and it is just a matter of time before he can perform his experiment again with even more Ymbrynes to become immortal.
Role in the film
Mr. Barron is first seen when Jake and her drugstore supervisor Shelly go to Abe's house in her car. There, it is mentioned by Abe about Barron's plan on the Blackpool loop and mentioned again by Miss Peregrine when she tells Jacob "Jake" Portman about what he and the Wights tried to do in events prior to the movie. The Wights sought to make themselves immortal using the power of a Ymbryne. This experiment led to the creation of Hollowgasts (Hollows for short), tall monsters that are invisible to most people and will attack anyone in their path. Mr. Barron himself also became a Hollowghast, but transformed back after devouring the eyeballs of other Peculiars. Since then, Mr. Barron and the Wights have been travelling between the time loops the Peculiars live in, attacked the Peculiars and devoured their eyeballs.
Mr. Barron's true physical appearance was again with Jake in the cave loop entrance and in Miss Peregrine's home, where he threatened to kill Jake if Miss Peregrine didn't come with him. Miss Peregrine reluctantly goes with Mr. Barron, leaving Jake and the other Peculiars to deal with the Hollow, Mr. Malthus that was approaching the home.
After dealing with Malthus that attacked Miss Peregrine's home, the group stalks Mr. Barron back to his base in the Blackpool Tower in another time loop. There, they confront the Wights in their attempt to rescue Miss Peregrine and the other Ymbrynes. The battle that ensued ultimately led to Mr. Barron's demise. Mr. Barron disguised himself as Jake in order to trick the others to kill the real Jake, thinking he's Barron in disguise, but the plan backfired when the last of his hollows, who has mistaken him for Jake, sneaks behind him, grabs him and eats his eyes, killing him before Jake kills the Hollow. His lifeless body was left it was after the loop closed.
Mr. Barron. How do you do? I saw you, at your grandfather's. I was hoping to get Miss Peregrine's address from him, but alas my travelling companion got to him before I did. And as you know, there's just no stopping a hungry Hollowghast. Speaking of my travelling companion... He's coming. And believe me, when I say to you, you don't want to be here when he arrives. So, let's be on our way... shall we?
~ Mr. Barron properly introducing himself to Jake and mockingly reminds Jake about his grandfather's demise before holding him as a hostage after Jake attempts to attack him and takes him to Miss Peregrine's house as he senses one of his Hollows coming.
Miss Peregrine, what a pleasure to meet you, at last! May we come in?
~ Mr. Barron meets Miss Peregrine at her house while holding Jake hostage.
Children! Would you make your way down the stairs please?
~ Mr. Barron ordering the children come down.
You should know that Jake has served his purpose. If you value his life I suggest everyone does as they are told.
~ Mr. Barron threating to kill Jake if Miss Peregrine doesn't do as she's told.
I tracked Abe Portman for months. All I needed was a few minutes to get the location of Miss Peregrine's loop from him. But, no. Malthus couldn't wait. And instead, I had to masquerade as a psychiatrist for three weeks in Florida! Have you ever been to Florida? (one of his minions shook his head)
~ Mr. Barron explains to his minions about his adventure
Did I not tell you to gather the Hollows? (Miss Edwards: What if it's a trap?) Of course it is Miss Edwards! But what of it? A couple of children against four Hollows. Let's get this over with.
~ Mr. Barron ordering his followers to take out Jake and his friends.
(Miss Edwards: I told you it's a trap.) If that's true, perhaps we should move the Ymbrynes now. (Miss Edwards: You are not serious.) Do I not look serious? Do I not look like a man who has trudged the globe looking for just one more eye to eat in hopes of regaining sufficient humanity to return to his research? A man who spent years hunting Ymbrynes in preparation for this night, and 2 -- no -- 3 days in Wales pretending to look at birds! I assure you, I will not stand idly by to see my destiny derailed.
~ Mr. Barron explaining what he has been through.
You missed me again, Jake. I take it accuracy is not your peculiarity-- (gets hit by a thrown chair, knock Enoch unconscious, snatch Jake's crossbow and knock Jake down) Abe was a much worthier adversary.
~ Mr. Barron making fun of Jake when he tells about his grandfather being more worthy than him.
Ymbrynes, Ymbryne here I come!
~ Mr. Barron heading towards his lab with the captured Ymbryne
So Jake, I see you've inherited your grandfather's peculiarity. You're just as annoying as he was. Speaking of Abe, if you should see him in the afterlife, give him my regards.
~ Mr. Barron gets ready to kill Jake when he busts through the door.
No wait! It's me!
~ Mr. Barron's last words before his eyes were gouged out by the last of his own Hollowgast that killed him.
Barron in books, though his real name is Dr. Golan.
Barron in his John Lamont disguise.
Barron on his Dr. Golan disguise
Barron prepares for his experiment.
Barron begins his experiment.
The experiment goes first good as well.....
until it goes wrong.
The "Hollow" transformation.
Then became invisible.
Barron and his Hollow companions eat Peculiar children eyes to rebecome humans.
Barron begin to rebecome visible.....
Barron and some of his "Ex-Hollow" friends "enjoy" eating eyes.