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[–]MehPsh 2621 points2622 points  (44 children)

Shape of Water almost feels like an indie film. Would you rather do more smaller films like this one or large productions?

Also, why is Doug Jones always a monster?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 3283 points3284 points  (24 children)

It costs what an indie costs but the scope is quite grand. Doug is a living wire armature and a super gifted actor- a rare combination! Hard to resist! And we have an incredible short hand as actor/director

[–]OG-LGBT-OBGYN 573 points574 points  (19 children)

Now I feel bad that no one will ever call me a "living wire armature".

[–]AerThreepwood 629 points630 points  (9 children)

You sexy little living wire armature, you.

[–]MyRealNameIsDoug 92 points93 points  (4 children)

u/OG-LGBT-OBGYN, that guy/gal is a real living wire armature.

[–]ShadowOps84 2311 points2312 points  (53 children)

Hello, Sr. del Toro. I'm a big fan

My question is: Is Ron Perlman as nice as I hope he is?

Also, do you have a favorite film of yours?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 3504 points3505 points  (31 children)

Ron is NICER than anyone can ever imagine. I love him. Anyone should. But he is an artist, so he has his most adorable imperfections, as we all have. THAT is the reason to love him more.

[–]DrBlamo 717 points718 points  (22 children)

Haha hope Ron sees that you called him adorable.

[–]DjDrowsyBear 431 points432 points  (18 children)

I tend to think that Ron Pearlman is the type of manly that feels so comfortable in his excess manliness that he would just give Del Toro a friendly bear hug for the compliment.

[–]suredont 300 points301 points  (16 children)

....I'm a straight, middle-aged man, and I'd really like a bear hug from Ron Perlman.

[–]vegna871 73 points74 points  (5 children)

As a straight, youngish man, you don't have to be gay to hug other dudes. Hugs fucking rock.

[–]xlliott 733 points734 points  (19 children)

Ron Pearlman is the shit. When my sister died, he saw what a complete wreck I was and gave me the faded jeans jacket off his back and draped it over me and told me not to give it back to him. Incredibly kind, gentle person. The jacket is comically large on me, but I still wear it occasionally.

[–]ShadowOps84 433 points434 points  (4 children)

Is that what we're doing tonight? We're gonna cry?

[–]gamerholic 103 points104 points  (1 child)

Tonight's menu: Onions, raw unpeeled onions.

[–]MSDMSMPMCRAPAFRRC 94 points95 points  (7 children)

Not trying to stir up anything, but what part of your life put you in contact with him to begin with?

[–]stealmyrecords 151 points152 points  (5 children)

I'd like to think that OP was just sitting on a park bench or a stoop or something, looking visibly wrecked, and Ron Perlman just happened to be walking by. Walks over, takes off his jacket, drapes it over OP and says "keep it, kid." And just walks off into the sunset. Fin

[–]GaidenShinji 19 points20 points  (0 children)

It's incredible how clearly I can hear and see him saying this in my mind

[–]merry722 3514 points3515 points  (50 children)

What are some movies you're looking forward to catching up on, now that you might get some time?

Thoughts on Mad Max : Fury Road? I know you're going to be interviewing the great George Miller .

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 5240 points5241 points  (49 children)

It's a masterpiece. In many ways, SO kinetic, so dense, as to be digested slowly and in repeated viewings. A God at work.

[–]FloppyDisksCominBack 1751 points1752 points  (36 children)

"It's so dense, every single frame has so many things going on."

- Guillermo Del Toro

[–]WeaponsGradeAutismo 639 points640 points  (25 children)

It's like poetry, it rhymes.

[–][deleted] 104 points105 points  (3 children)

Fuck you Rick Berman! You ruined this too!

[–]covertc 136 points137 points  (2 children)

...SO kineric, so dense... so chrome!

[–]TonCharles90 5850 points5851 points  (257 children)

Thanks for taking the time to do this, Guillermo! Huge fan of your movies! Any news about another collaborative project with Hideo Kojima? I was crushed when Silent Hills was cancelled. Thank you!

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 8018 points8019 points  (240 children)

No news. Soon Kojima San will unveil his plans to the world. I hope he doesnt make my digital Avatar suffer great horrors.

[–]reallifesexdoll 1944 points1945 points  (207 children)

It's great that you call him Kojima San, does he call you Del Toro San? Guillermo San? Or Totoro san?

[–]HellenKellersEyes 3698 points3699 points  (182 children)

Im pretty sure Hideo Kojima is mainlining so many liters of LSD each day that he just calls people by their Vocal Parasite name, because he doesn’t have time to remember names between bouts of scouring the warp for Chaos with Frodo and Rainbow Brite.

[–]NeoDammarung 1566 points1567 points  (20 children)

None of this made sense but all of this made sense.

[–]datnerdyguy 1095 points1096 points  (11 children)

So it’s exactly like something written by Kojima.

[–]shefulainen 117 points118 points  (33 children)

haha i love this comment

[–]HellenKellersEyes 394 points395 points  (32 children)

Hell of an artist, but we all know the point when he went from marijuana smoking auteur who loved conspiracy theories to “out of his mind on the peyote Japanese Gary Busey”; MGS3.

[–]zweebna 303 points304 points  (25 children)

But goddamn if MGS3 isn't a masterpiece

[–]Ruraraid 134 points135 points  (4 children)

Still has one of the most legendary easter eggs in the history of gaming since you can literally wait two weeks for the End to die of old age...or just adjust your system clock ahead by two weeks.

[–]swr3212 94 points95 points  (0 children)

Or kill him in the wheel chair right before he goes through the door when you're coming out of the water. Lol you get a trophy for it in the ps3 remaster.

[–][deleted] 154 points155 points  (9 children)

Fact. "Oh, you're gonna shoot at me motherfucker? Nice bird you have there, be a shame if I fucking shot it and ate it in front of you"

[–]Imjusthereformemes 40 points41 points  (7 children)

You're a goddamn psycho. You didn't have to do that.

[–][deleted] 54 points55 points  (4 children)

I did, man. You give semi-immortal plant people an inch and they take a fucking mile. Better dead than red.

[–]ShittDickk 26 points27 points  (1 child)

In 2010 my dorm mate and I were on omegle to pass the time. We matched with some japanese college dude we ended up talking to for a bit. We showed him our big bag of weed (Nor Cal baybee) and he was pretty jealous. He then explained to us, that marijuana was rare in Japan, but instead they had lots of shrooms and lsd. In that singular moment, Japanese culture finally made lots more sense.

[–]Zayin-Ba-Ayin 82 points83 points  (2 children)

I'm afraid you're literally going to run around butt naked

[–]deathmouse 78 points79 points  (2 children)

Soon Kojima San will unveil his plans to the world.

I fucking love you guys, so much. Thank you for everything!

[–][deleted] 418 points419 points  (3 children)

Fun fact:

When Guillermo del Toro was asked by a German journalist and presenter Gregor Kartsios (Rocket Beans TV) during a movie event lately about "any spoilers for Death Stranding?" he just answered with "What the fuck do I know, I just recorded the stuff and Kojima can do whatever he wants, he can have me fuck a donkey or something".

The interview footage itself wasn't released yet, but when it's on video I will post it somewhere.

[–]MiladySylvia 4160 points4161 points  (96 children)

Hello Guillermo,

Some of your films like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water are made on budgets that are considerably smaller as compared to mainstream big-budgeted films, but they have the most amazing production values. Do you find the small budgets constricting or are you able to work around it?

What are the films that have inspired your work, narratively and stylistically?

PS: Would love to see a Lovecraftian horror film/TV project with your involvement.

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 5414 points5415 points  (88 children)

I think your ambitions should always exceed the budget and ypur reach should be to deliver something that looks and feels much, much bigger. The Shape of Water costed roughly what Pan's Labyrinth costed a decade ago (19.5M) and the scope is MUCH bigger.

FIlms that inspire me vary from time to time, but I am a big Gilliam admirer because his vision doen't diminish with his budgets.

He is a master.

PS Me too!

[–]Nugatorysurplusage 1999 points2000 points  (26 children)

PS Me too!

Dude. You were born to depict the cosmic horror/lovecraft genre. This would be phenomenal

[–]lemons230 409 points410 points  (21 children)

He was supposed to do a film of At the Mountains of Madness, but it got slashed :(

[–]Mellonikus 388 points389 points  (4 children)

Don't you know del Toro movies never get canceled? They just sit on a shelf to age for a while.

[–]HowDoesAnythingExist 53 points54 points  (3 children)

Regarding the shorts put out by Oats Studios, after seeing the creature design in Zygote and the effects creating the weird living black tissue on the aliens in Rakka, I feel like it is now possible to do justice to Lovecraft's shoggoth creatures on screen. I want to see a well done Lovecraft movie so badly and ATMoM would be at the top of my list.

[–]Zayin-Ba-Ayin 172 points173 points  (15 children)

You have never made a bad film. My least favorite of yours was Pacific Rim and I've enjoyed it immensely

[–]ilion 225 points226 points  (9 children)

Pacific Rim was exactly what I wanted from a film about people in giant Mechs fighting giant monsters.

[–]msarif17 60 points61 points  (1 child)

Robots punching monsters in the face, making them go “gheeeeegkkkkkkarrghh!” is all I wanted and he delivered them in spades!

I know, I’m easily amused!

[–]zootskippedagroove6 2581 points2582 points  (110 children)

Hey Guillermo, what are your thoughts on the new Hellboy?

Bonus question, what's an obscure horror film that you recommend for a horror fan who's seen almost everything?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 4467 points4468 points  (103 children)

Haven't seen anything other than the still. But it's in great hands. Neil is a very gifted guy.

I would suggest the Korean film The Wailing (2016)

[–]Miles_Prower1 388 points389 points  (12 children)

Wailing is on Netflix. Great horror movie.

[–]zootskippedagroove6 1444 points1445 points  (44 children)

Whoa, Guillermo del Toro just answered my question.

[–]everything_nothing_ 981 points982 points  (34 children)

Now go watch The Wailing it is fucking insane

[–]zootskippedagroove6 198 points199 points  (23 children)

So I've heard. I'm definitely watching it tonight! Big fan of Korean horror flicks.

[–]killerofheroes 81 points82 points  (13 children)

I enjoyed it a lot. I recommend reading about the film afterwards.

[–]killerofheroes 71 points72 points  (5 children)


Someone had posted this video in an older thread about The Wailing. I think it does a good job explaining what was happening. Full of spoilers though so obviously don't watch it before seeing the film.

[–]Martin_Martin_Martin 155 points156 points  (23 children)

The Wailing was, to me, the most unsettling film since It Follows! Masterpiece!

[–]Quintastique 64 points65 points  (9 children)

The Wailing is easily one of the greatest ever horror movies. A towering achievement, that hopefully will some kind of release in Germany here soon. Sucks to have to watch it with amateur subtitles only.

[–]trebud69 31 points32 points  (0 children)

I've been trying to get my friends to watch The Wailing after seeing it last week. Please tell them to watch it! Lol

[–]dvidsilva 935 points936 points  (5 children)

Hi! I got the chance to see you at the Q&A last week in NYC, I loved your insights, learning more about you and perspective in life, Thanks for sharing, it was super inspiring. For a question, did you manage to see Coco yet?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 1968 points1969 points  (4 children)

Loved Coco. Love its success. The MORE World-themed stories, the better for all us storytellers.

[–]iGoByManyNames 79 points80 points  (0 children)

very happy to see sentiments like this echoed from a director i really respect, really looking forward to Shape of Water now

[–]merry722 1449 points1450 points  (34 children)

I just wanted say thank you for Pan's Labyrinth , I don't partake in many fairy tales but Pan's Labyrinth was just perfect. I shed a tear at the end. What do you think the legacy is for the film?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 1773 points1774 points  (33 children)

It seems to keep going. We recenmtly remastered it for the TRILOGIA box set for The Criterion Collection. Being in Criterion is one of the greatest things a film can get- Criterion is heaven.

[–]flamingos_world_tour 68 points69 points  (7 children)

Then why not join us over at r/criterion? (Hey, it was worth a shot.)

[–]invincible_man 1725 points1726 points  (123 children)

Tell me about death stranding

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 4015 points4016 points  (118 children)

Koinma San scanned my body and face for the model over an entire day in Toronto. He needed it for the digital Avatar (and for blackmail, perhaps) and he then sent me the teaser you all saw. That's it- He send me toys and gifts every few weeks but NO clues. I am dying to know.

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 2744 points2745 points  (76 children)

Kojima, I meant- damn the non Mac computer I am typing on!

[–]ItalianJoe 124 points125 points  (3 children)

Maybe that was just a freudian lapsus: Koinma=Konami's anagram just as Joakim=Kojima's anagram...

[–]staypuftmichelinman 164 points165 points  (0 children)

Khajit has wares if you have koinma.

[–]SickPuppyLover 459 points460 points  (13 children)

Koinma... Konami...

[–]MrTakari 62 points63 points  (17 children)

Toronto? Argh its frustrating to know you guys were in my own backyard so recently lol

[–]Effimero89 70 points71 points  (2 children)

Imagine driving around and you see kojima and del Toro walking around like hey what's up?

[–]rerb13 30 points31 points  (3 children)

Dude, he's in Toronto all the time. Just keep your eyes peeled but for the sake of his privacy I won't say where you're guaranteed to find him in public.

[–]jdogamerica 963 points964 points  (29 children)

Where do you get your inspiration for your endless monster designs?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 2049 points2050 points  (27 children)

I am an avid art collectior, a faithful museum visitor and I have immense curiosity for art and nature. Both feed the designs. I try and NEVER reference other monsters in film or do so through a new optic.

To give you an example: "The Asset" in Shape of Water was influenced (for me) by Japanese engravings of carps and salamander skins

[–]Zayin-Ba-Ayin 220 points221 points  (16 children)

What do you think of Junji And HR Giger?

[–]UmanTheInimitable 222 points223 points  (14 children)

He loves Ito. Has talked about him before and retweets his art every once in awhile. Was working with him briefly on Silent Hills, as well.

[–]DrRad 188 points189 points  (3 children)

Everytime I read about Silent Hills I get more upset. Seriously. It had Junji fucking Ito, Kojima AND Del Toro. That would have been the scariest fucking shit ever and I would've loved every second. Obligatory fuck Konami.

[–]NipplesInAJar 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Obligatory fuck Konami.

But seriously, fuck Konami!

[–]NeoDammarung 51 points52 points  (8 children)

I believe Ito and Kojima are working on DS as well.

[–]TheAdventurousWriter 605 points606 points  (16 children)

What was the film that took you by surprise this year? And why was that the case?

P.S. Solid decision in choosing Alexandre Desplat as composer for The Shape of Water. He did a phenomenal job!

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 1154 points1155 points  (15 children)

Ladybird is a fantastic first film. Such intelligence and accute eye for drama and cinema. Deceivingly natural, full of style

[–]yerebelstale 86 points87 points  (12 children)

Ladybird has made me and every other young woman I know go from sheer delight to outright sobbing in an unprecedentedly short amount of time.

[–]TheAdventurousWriter 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Thank you kindly for your reply!!!

[–]10sansari 1047 points1048 points  (78 children)

Hey Guillermo!! Hope you're doing well.

Do you have any advice for a 17 year old high school Junior? How were you when you were my age?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 4494 points4495 points  (75 children)

Patience. The most confictive year of my life were 16-26, I think, youfeel that the world is passing you by, you feel you are "too late" you feel that the odds are impossible, and then, close to 30, POP! things start to make sense a little more. At different decades we face different problems. Life is an incomplete puzzle, but the only one we got!

[–]Neverlife 468 points469 points  (11 children)

Wow, that means a lot to me in my current situation. Thanks for sharing. I very much feel like life has been passing me by and them I am too late.

[–]slader166 134 points135 points  (10 children)

Hell, I'm 20 and feel that way.

[–]imakevoicesformycats 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I think that is your role as a 20 year old and it's very ok to feel that way. Embrace the ambiguity!

[–]Slypooper8 352 points353 points  (7 children)

Whoa, this is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you so much and have a great day!

[–]Anjunabeast 84 points85 points  (4 children)

As a 24 y/o still in college and dealing with family problems this is something I really needed today.

[–]doctorbooshka 123 points124 points  (9 children)

Makes me feel better about being 27. Hope things POP for me soon.

[–]notjustanymike 16 points17 points  (3 children)

35 here. 27 I hated the city I was in, had no friends left, and job was unsatisfactory.

Am now married, dog owner, home owner, and director of something or other at company. There was no revelation, just a series of days where I made choices and tried to be better.

It can happen to you too!

[–]-Lzr- 99 points100 points  (0 children)

You have no idea how much it means to me to read this. I completely identified with what you wrote there as I am 22 now and I’ve felt that way for some time now. Thank you for that invaluable piece of advice!

[–]DrMcNards 29 points30 points  (4 children)

As an aspiring film actor in my senior year of high school, this was truly a wonderful thing to hear. Thank you!

[–]Clockmen 2479 points2480 points  (44 children)

Hi Guillermo! I still have that Cthulu sketch you drew for me on the back of my high school schedule on my wall: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CPH7nnZWsAU3vdG.jpg I've now graduated from college, have a screenwriting manager and hoping to get something produced soon. Your work continues to be an inspiration to me (especially as one of my current projects is about monsters).

A few questions:

1) How is Death Stranding coming along?

2) I know you hadn't seen Evangelion when making Pacific Rim, but have you watched it since? Thoughts?

3) In the past few months there's been a lot of revelations to the public about how terrible a lot of powerful men in Hollywood have acted. Some of these revelations were semi-expected, others have been shocking from my outsider perspective (as someone whose childhood dream was to work at Pixar, hearing about Lasseter was the biggest shock to me), but it's all been depressing. How do you process all this and any thoughts on the general situation?

[–]PM_Me_Clavicle_Pics 565 points566 points  (8 children)

Oh man, if it's not already, you should really frame that sketch.

[–]ChefCthulhu 372 points373 points  (5 children)

It’d look great in the kitchen!

[–]fantasygod777 133 points134 points  (3 children)

Please answer this one Mr. Del Toro!

[–]Clockmen 95 points96 points  (2 children)

Seems Del Toro had limited time and stopped answering before he got to mine, but if he has time later...

Though at least he answered my first question in response to other people (he has no clue what's happening, just had his body scanned for the game and keeps getting presents in the mail from Kojima).

[–]arischim 82 points83 points  (19 children)

I was under the impression Eva was the main inspiration for Pacific rim...Wow...

[–]Clockmen 112 points113 points  (3 children)

Pacific Rim's main inspirations were older mecha anime and kaiju films that inspired Eva. Travis Beacham saw EVA while making Pacific Rim and took some inspiration but Del Toro himself said he hadn't watched it.

[–]jacksonrees 606 points607 points  (11 children)

Your films speak volumes to me, they are often beautiful, disturbing, or both at once. You are, in my mind, the most imaginative filmmaker working today.

I have a few questions for you. The first: Which of your films have you been most passionate about throughout the entire creative process, and which do you think came out most true to your artistic vision?

The second: I’ve always loved the idea of you making a movie based on the works of Lovecraft. Do you think we’ll ever see that happen, and is that something you would still want to do?

Thank you so much for your time and for all of the amazing art you share with us!

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 916 points917 points  (10 children)

I like 1)The Shape of Water, 2) The Devil's Backbone 3) Pan's Labyrinth, 4) Crimson Peak, 5) Hellboy II 6) Pacific Rim the most.

HPL should be a pleasure but a challenge to adapt- someday!

[–]Truth_Walker 57 points58 points  (1 child)

Give us some HP Lovecraft movies, please!!!!!

You are the only one who I would trust to do it. With your storytelling capabilities and the creatures you create, you are perfect for the job.

[–]jacksonrees 78 points79 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much for answering! You’re an inspiration and I can’t wait to see The Shape of Water!

[–]Real_Kevin_Hart 492 points493 points  (16 children)

What advice can you give to a young mexican filmmaker trying to get funded?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 752 points753 points  (9 children)

Depends on the genre and the story. CRONOS took 8 years to get made and 4 years of knocking at the door of IMCINE.

[–]Real_Kevin_Hart 209 points210 points  (7 children)

Holy shit this feels like a dream, thank you for answering!

[–]ImpishManatee 231 points232 points  (0 children)

Nice try, Kevin Hart

[–]flamingos_world_tour 162 points163 points  (4 children)

Umm....Kevin why are you pretending to be a young Mexican boy?

[–]Munsunned 314 points315 points  (5 children)

Which of your creature concepts did you enjoy developing most? Thanks!

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 591 points592 points  (4 children)

HELLBOY as a make up and "The Asset" in Shape of Water. Each of them took roughly 3 years of on and off design and sculpting and testing. Both of them were "leading men" and not creatures

[–]Joseph-Joestar 649 points650 points  (37 children)

What's going on with the adaptation of Monster?

Also, how did you become friends with Hideo Kojima?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 1391 points1392 points  (34 children)

Monster is still being developed. That's the nature of these things... Kojima San visited Bleak House (google it w my name also) and we had a brutally abundant dinner at a steak house. We finsihed that dinner singing the theme music for Ultra Man

[–]SmokedaJ 177 points178 points  (21 children)

I've honestly been searching for an answer on the adaptation of Monster for years since it was announced, last I heard was it had been scrapped. So what does being developed mean, is it currently being worked on? written? how many years away! I'm hoping it'll be the first great anime adaptation to ever exist :)

[–]hamptonwooster 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Casting Johan and Anna seems like it would be one of the toughest parts of adapting it to live action.

[–]Spidey10 778 points779 points  (49 children)

How involved are you with Pacific Rim 2?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 1443 points1444 points  (48 children)

I hel[ed w the original story (since much changed) and helped choose the director, but I stepped away to do The Shape of Water and have great interest in seeing the final result.

[–]Deathisrebirth 220 points221 points  (33 children)

I'm very excited for it despite all the gloom that the internet portrays.

[–]bitesized314 112 points113 points  (9 children)

I absolutely loved Pacific Rim. It's legitimately the only film I've ever gasped out loud while watching in theatre's.

"It has wings?!"

[–]AddictedAICN 416 points417 points  (7 children)

Years ago during the Hellboy 2 commentary, you promised if HB3 never got made, you'd tell everyone your story for it in a commentary. Do you still plan on saying what it was in a commentary or can you say it here?

[–]defiancy 79 points80 points  (0 children)

This AMA should have been bigger, what a great AMA with some really good, personal answers.

[–]Shizzleee 356 points357 points  (24 children)

Hey Guillermo, was wondering if you could ever shed some light on what happened with "At the mountains of madness"? Being a huge fan of yours and and huge fan of Lovecraft that movie is like a dream come true to me!

Have a great day!

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 702 points703 points  (18 children)

The budget was big ($150M) and I insisted on it being "R" rated. These notions clashed big time and the project derailed, even with Cameron as one of the producers and w Tom Cruise as teh star.

[–]Ishaan863 248 points249 points  (3 children)

With the recent successes of several R rated movies I'm sure movie studios would be more open to the idea again. God I want to see this made!

[–]Dizmn 110 points111 points  (0 children)

Next time you decide to pitch that project, please tell whichever execs that I really want to see it. You can mention my reddit name and everything.

[–]walker_paranor 76 points77 points  (2 children)

Thank you for not budging at least. Too many times people compromise on their vision and the movie loses it's soul. I think something like "At The Mountains of Madness" wouldn't be as great as it could without being R-rated.

[–]darthmcchub 221 points222 points  (3 children)

Mr. Del Toro,

Long time fan, when I discovered Pan’s Labyrinth I watched it every night for a week. Thank you.

I was wondering about your notebook process. Each project gets its own book correct? Do you start at page 1 and fill it just with whatever comes to mind? Or is there a system to it? How many notebooks are you currently writing in right now?

Thanks for all your films, they really mean a lot to me. I cannot wait for The Shape of Water.

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 291 points292 points  (0 children)

No. It's random. I now draw very little, maybe 2 or 4 pages per project. It started w Hobbit, the notes were deemed so confidential that I got afraid of carrying around my notebook. I also started working with the same team over and over again and got used to doodleing more informally to communicate.

[–]Two_Faced_Harvey 1064 points1065 points  (37 children)

Now that your schedule is open...would you still be open to directing Justice League Dark?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 1546 points1547 points  (24 children)

I am concentrating on other projects right now. Next one could be a big one or a small one. I don't know. That's why I am taking time off. To think and ponder...

[–]achillea666 148 points149 points  (9 children)

How much influence did the Abe Sapien character have on the creature in this new film?

[–]SHdude 132 points133 points  (4 children)

I haven't seen the film but the creature looks more specifically influenced by 'The Creature From The Black Lagoon', a 50s monster movie classic.

[–]Mahekun-Ikwe 77 points78 points  (3 children)

This is correct. Interesting tidbit, the Abe Sapien we saw in Hellboy is largely Guillermo’s take on the character - Mike Mignola’s original character is much different. The psychic powers, affinity for rotten eggs, and genteel nature don’t exist in the comic. Those things were all Guillermo.
The framework for the Amphibian Man was based on the Black Lagoon creature, but lots of additions as far as personality and physicality come from Guillermo - I wouldn’t call them as being taken from Abe for the reasons I listed.

[–]merry722 450 points451 points  (22 children)

How was it working with the great Micheal Shannon ? What sold movie sold you on Shannon's talent as an actor?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 631 points632 points  (11 children)

I wrote the movie for Sally, Shannon, Ocatvia and DOug. I am a massive fan of this guy. He is a tremendous actor and has star charisma.

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 605 points606 points  (10 children)

Working with him? AMAZING. He got it, evey time within the first 3 takes or so. Incredibly real and incredibly precise as an actor. A rare treasure

[–]Zayin-Ba-Ayin 54 points55 points  (9 children)

Is he intimidating in real life? Please tell me he's a sweetie

[–]BigPorch 90 points91 points  (5 children)

I've met him twice briefly and he's a bit off-putting but came a cross as a decent guy. I think he just oozes intensity and doesn't know what to do with it in social settings. Also very tall.

[–]sef239 32 points33 points  (3 children)

I got to see Michael Shannon at the premiere of the shape of water and was in the audience for a Q&A afterwards. Before the movie he signed autographs and did some red carpet interviews. From what I saw he seems uninterested in signing autographs/interacting with fans/answering press questions but didn't come off as a dick. He's definitely not a people person or social butterfly though. Michael Stuhlbarg (who plays the scientist in the movie) was also there and is the complete opposite socially... he loves talking to everyone and interacting with fans. During the Q&A michael shannon seemed a lot more energetic though, seems like he loves acting itself way more than all of the other stuff that's part of the job, and it's really apparent.

[–]chad_ 166 points167 points  (7 children)

I wonder the same. Is he as intense as he seems? What a talent! I cannot WAIT to see this movie. I've heard rave reviews of Sally Hawkins' performance too, and love Octavia Spencer. This cast is oozing with talent. (edit: apostrophe)

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 383 points384 points  (5 children)

He IS damn intense, you bet-

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 689 points690 points  (4 children)

but I am Mexican, I can take intense. No sweat.

[–]Jas378 288 points289 points  (85 children)

You mentioned it in the title, so I have to ask - what are your favourite tequilas? Also, absolutely love your films and can't wait to see The Shape of Water! :)

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 550 points551 points  (37 children)

Patron, Patron and Patron.

[–]NothisisBob 117 points118 points  (2 children)

Ahhh, so now I can say that I drink like the stars.

[–]PM_Me_Clavicle_Pics 146 points147 points  (44 children)

For what it's worth, Del Toro has a signature tequila made by Patron, but it's a bit pricey.

[–]calripkenjunior 121 points122 points  (39 children)

Thank god hes got a financial reason to list patron three times as his favorite tequila after describing himself as a connoisseur.

[–]JMaesterN 302 points303 points  (13 children)

What shape does water actually have?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 942 points943 points  (10 children)

Two prong answer: 1) The shape it need sto take. Like Love. Both are gentle, malleable and yet, they break through every barrier. 2) In the film, "The Asset" is the shape of it

[–]Jstriker9peru 339 points340 points  (11 children)

Hello Del Toro, I love your movies. I'm going to see The Shape of Water on the 14th. I want to ask...

  1. What was the inspiration behind The Shape of Water?

  2. What are a couple of your favorite movies? Favorite this year?

  3. What are you working on next?

Thanks for taking the time to answer questions!

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 999 points1000 points  (8 children)

1) It started when I was 6 years old and watching Creature From The Black Lagoon and how it broke my heart that the love story didnt end well. I tried to get a romantic take on the tale through the 90's without finding a good way to do it. In 2011 (while starting Pac Rim) Daniel Krauz and I had bkfst in Toronto and he discussed his idea to set it in a secret government facility through the eyes of a janitor woman. This was the key.

2) Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Greed, EL (Luis Bunuel), 8 1/2, A Serious Man, No Country for Old Men, The Fallen Idol, The Red Shoes, Taxi Driver, 2001, AN AMerican in Paris, etc, etc, etc

I am still catching up w many this year. But Ladybird moves me deeply.

3) My diet

[–]LiteraryBonerCATEGORY LEVEL: GEOSTORM 189 points190 points  (6 children)

Hey Guillermo. Ever since I heard you were offered the Dark Universe I've been lamenting for what could have been. Can you give us any insight on your early ideas for the style or progression of the movies you had in mind?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 426 points427 points  (5 children)

It's a WB property, I am not sure I can comment. Suffice to say that Demon or Swamp Thing mean to me what Batman and Superman mean to most mortals- perhaps even more. Samp / Abigal love was a great source of inspiration for me.

[–]silverbullet5774 52 points53 points  (1 child)

Swamp thing is my favorite comic ever. I wish you could bring it to life.

[–]John_Lee_Packard 91 points92 points  (4 children)

What happened to your reboot of Disney's Haunted Mansion movie? I really want to see it!

When that project was first announced it seemed too soon after the Eddie Murphy movie, however now enough time has passed that it's a good time to try again.

[–]resident_slacker 228 points229 points  (2 children)

Do you have any advice for an aspiring film director?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 476 points477 points  (0 children)

It's an evolutionary job: brutal. But you have to preserve your purity in terms of storytelling, so it's a hardr combination to preserve.

[–][deleted] 795 points796 points  (56 children)

What are your thoughts on Net Neutrality?

[–]RyPhi 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Hi! Just wondering how your always sunny role came to be. Love me some pappy!

[–]solidsimpson 140 points141 points  (9 children)

What is your favorite camera angle to use and why?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 388 points389 points  (7 children)

Not such a thing. Although I must say that compositions in spaces work better at a lower height- the diagonals become more pronounced.

[–]k4j98 174 points175 points  (6 children)

Would you consider directing anymore comic book movies? I quite enjoyed Hellboy 1 and 2!

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 398 points399 points  (5 children)

When we did HB's films (as when Blade II happened) I was doing it because these movies were scarce and -I thought- a rarity. Today it's different. I am different too. I think my interest lie elsewhere. I still like the big arena films because I essay a great deal of things that come in handy on the smaller films, and it's fun to take alternative vacations from each mode of directing.

[–]iamleighanne 69 points70 points  (1 child)

I adore the Hellboy movies, I know we're inundated with comic book movies now but Hellboy always stands out in my mind as something special.

[–]Nikson9 141 points142 points  (22 children)

Awww man! Was waiting for this one for a loong time.
Can you tell us something about In The Mountains Of Madness?
That was the one movie that i thought was a match made in heaven, why didn't it work out?
Also, Silent Hills?

[–]anatomized 90 points91 points  (21 children)

It didn't work out because Universal wouldn't commit to a big budget, r-rated Lovecraft movie. Even with Tom Cruise and James Cameron involved.

[–]jonesev28 92 points93 points  (2 children)

Hello, Mr. Del Toro. First of all, I’d like to thank you for the incredible work you’ve provided us. As an aspiring filmmaker myself, it is always so humbling and inspiring to see your art. I have not had the chance to see The Shape of Water yet since it has not come to my area yet, but I am eagerly anticipating it.

My question has to do with your artistic process in general, particularly your writing. When I watch your films, the way you draw from such an incredibly wide variety of influences (mythology, fairy tales, classic monster movies, gothic literature, etc.) to create something wholly unique and truthful is always breathtaking. When I write, it is hard for me to find things I’m truly interested in expressing (let alone the actual difficulty that comes with expressing them), and when I do, I can’t help but feel like I’m being extremely derivative, whether I’m consciously trying to channel something or not, and so I’m often extremely unconfident in my own writing. I apologize for how unfocused and vague this question is, and I know that this stuff isn’t supposed to be easy, but is there advice you can give me and other amateur filmmakers to help get past this feeling and be able to become better writers?

[–]GuillermoDelToroHereGuillermo Del Toro[S] 252 points253 points  (1 child)

It comes to you like a song. Your gut guides you and then you do trial and error. There is no formula. Just let it come out and then organize it. If you try to do one before the other in the wrong order, you block yourself

[–]jonesev28 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much for the reply! Will keep this in mind. Can't wait to see The Shape of Water!

[–][deleted] 93 points94 points  (2 children)

Fuck I'm always late

[–]ptmarkey 68 points69 points  (1 child)

Everything I've seen about this movie seems absolutely fantastic! Where did the idea of it come from? And how did you get to be involved in it?