Guillermo del Toro is a hard person to not like. We're not even talking about his movies here (though most people do love them), but strictly his personality and credentials as a grade A, bona fide film geek who truly, deeply loves the things he does. That kind of passion is infectious, and it's hard to not end up on his team when he starts talking about how and why he brings to life all the creepy, crawly, impossible things in movies like The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth.
Speaking of infectious del Toro passion, writer-director Robert Rodriguez launched his own television empire called El Rey Network earlier this year, and one of the cool things he's doing is running in-depth interviews with fellow filmmakers in an ongoing, hour-long series called The Director's Chair. The first person he probed was John Carpenter, and this week (Wednesday, July 30 at 9 p.m. EST) it's Guillermo del Toro's turn.
We've got an exclusive short clip from the special ready to share with you ahead of its TV premiere, and it features the Mimic and Pacific Rim director explaining his process when it comes to designing the movie monsters that have become a staple of his career.
And here are some more choice quotes from Guillermo del Toro that show what kind of ground will be covered when Robert Rodriguez grills him in The Director's Chair:
"I'm a terrible businessman. I never made any money from Pan's Labyrinth. It made over a hundred something million. Nothing came to us, because we all went at it as almost like a little quest."
"Rather than welding myself to the world, I thought if I could weld the world to understand what I want to do, then you're like a donkey, you're like a stubborn working animal and you keep going and going and going until one day you realize it's happening."
"(Pan's Labyrinth) was the second most difficult shoot I've ever had--almost as difficult as Mimic, for very different reasons. But it was a movie where three or four times, very dear people, very reasonable people, people very close to me said 'Give up. You're a stubborn moron. Give it up. No one wants to make the movie.'"
"Mimic almost destroyed me. I went three years without being able to lift another movie off the ground."
El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair with Guillermo del Toro will air on Wednesday, July 30 at 9 p.m. EST.
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