- Season 1
- Episode 3
Director Guillermo del Toro on "Pacific Rim"
Released on 07/12/2013
The talent I would most like to have is,
any musical talent.
I would love to be able to play piano, guitar, whatever.
I have zero musical talent, although I'm pretty good
at singing mariachi (mumbles).
My heroes are the Frankenstein preacher
and Charles Dickens.
[Man] We always thought alien life
would come from the stars.
But it came from deep beneath the Pacific.
Now you've said that this film is your baby.
Can you explain what makes Pacific Rim different
from the other films you've made?
For me these movies are very young movies.
It's a movie I made as a 48-year-old but with the heart
of a 12-year-old and is directed to families and kids
in many ways because the values that I think are
in the movie are profoundly humanistic,
profoundly beautiful and ultimately, what I want is,
I would love to be 12, sit down in a theater
and dream of driving a 25-story-high robot
and fighting a 25-story-high monster.
The great fortune is most guys we stay kids the whole
time, our entire life. (laughing)
I consider my greatest achievement to be my two daughters.
They are absolutely the greatest masterpiece anyone could
want and they never disappoint.
I didn't have a fantasy of driving a robot like that
but I have an appreciation for it and the wonder of it
and how you create it.
The thing about the four girls, I have two daughters.
One is 16, one is 12 and what I want to give them
is the role model that can be a real character.
I love the fact that we made a very choral movie
where we didn't just load the heaviness of the picture
on Charlie Hunnam.
We gave everyone a moment and we made a choice
as we processed the movie to go for a friendship story,
not a love story.
So girls can also dream about not just falling in love
with every guy that seems to share something with them.
It's a great story of friendship and respect and love.
But the love of a colleague, of a pilot to a pilot.
It's a really great choice for me.
My greatest extravagance is, at the age of 48, is pens.
I like pens.
I know what this says is very Freudian but I'm sorry,
I'm a cliché.
What about the genre, it spoke to you at such a young age
that you were already motivated?
I really, it's not a figure of speech, I was
connected with monsters from the crib.
You know, some people smile when they say cat whiskers
or poppies and this and that.
I smile when you say monsters.
What I responded to is the sharing of the minds
and the coming together and you're actually one
person and knowing someone's faults.
And in order to be together you have to accept each other.
For who they are, trust.
These were thematic things that were layered.
They're very, very carefully. Well when you've seen
my movies I celebrated perfection.
I celebrate us being incomplete.
I celebrate that the fact that we wanna be complete,
we need each other.
In every movie I make that is the prevalent message.
The message that fragility is good, imperfection is good.
And I think that you learn very little
from perfection in life.
And you learn so much from imperfection
and monsters are the patron saints of imperfection.
Do you have a belief in another life out there?
I'm a Mexican so for good or for bad I've seen
one UFO and I heard two ghosts.
And in my country you can be having a lunch or dinner
and you say I saw a ghost and they go,
yeah, really, pass the sauce.
In Pacific Rim you do create this world that's like none
other I've ever seen.
Do you have something that you're working on now?
Yeah, I'm doing a TV series for effects called The Strain
which is based on the three books I co-wrote with
It's basically a very hard-core take on vampire mythology.
They won't take you to dinner, they won't sparkle,
they won't date you.
You'll be dinner and the date will be very short.
It was great sitting down with you.
Thank you so much.
If I could change one thing about myself it would be,
I would like to learn how to realize that free time
is very important and more important than work.
But right now I have my priorities pretty scrambled.
(soft piano music)
Starring: Guillermo del Toro , Krista Smith
Shot on Canon Cinema EOS
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