23 Reasons Why Guillermo Del Toro Is Definitely Walk Of Fame Material
Guillermo del Toro is the Mexican filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and author we all know and love. He has produced and written countless films, and television shows ranging from “Hellboy” to even an episode of “The Simpsons.”
Let’s take the time to marinate in all the horror he has given us over the years that make him the ultimate Walk of Fame material.
1. Just this year, he won two Academy Awards…
For Best Director and Best Picture for “The Shape of Water.” He used his speech platform to say, “I am an immigrant. The greatest thing our art does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.”
2. “Cronos” was his very first feature film in 1993.
This movie is dark. In the year 1536, an alchemist in Veracruz discovers immortality. When he finally dies in 1937 during a building collapse, investigators find basins of blood, and more. An antique dealer ends up finding the immortality invention and feels its effects. A blood war ensues in the fight for the invention and in classic Del Toro fashion, we’re left on a cliffhanger.
3. Bottom line: the guy’s an icon.
He began his career in Spanish-language horror-fantasy films like “Cronos” and “The Devil’s Backbone,” but has entered the American mainstream with sci-fi action films like “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim,” “Crimson Peak,” and even Netflix animated series “Trollhunters.”
4. So when rumors of a Walk of Fame star surfaced, we had questions.
Like this Twitter user who asked, “So, are they going to give you your star on the Walk of Fame?”
5. It’s official now! 🌟🌟🌟
The ceremony won’t happen for another couple years, but we’re here for it. Can’t wait until the big day.
6. GDT’s fans are so here for it.
Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1964, so the fact that he’s made it in mainstream America has Helped open doors for more Latinos in Hollywood.
7. The Mexico pride is real right now.
After that World Cup game, this is something we can all celebrate. Not only has GDT been hugely influential as a Latino in white Hollywood, but he’s also a genre bender apart from his latinidad.
8. It all started with a Super 8 camera.
When he was just eight years old, he began experimenting with his father’s Super 8. He would use “Planet of the Apes” action figures as subjects, along with other objects.
9. His childhood villain was a potato.
With his dad’s camera, he filmed a “serial killer potato” that wanted to rule the world. The potato went on to murder Del Toro’s mother and brothers, only to finally step outside and be crushed by a car. Iconic.
10. As a kid, he’d doodle all kinds of monsters.
Some were made into award winning horror films that we all watched during Spanish class, and later had nightmares about. *cough* “Pan’s Labyrinth” *cough*
11. He spent 10 years as a special effects make-up designer.
He actually studied it in school, and eventually formed his own company, Necropia. He must have been dreaming up his spooky, iconic characters during that entire decade.
12. His obsession with Frankenstein is real.
Del Toro was always obsessed with monsters, specifically Frankenstein. He even claims he has a “Frankenstein fetish to a degree that is unhealthy.” Behold: just a portion of his Frankenstein collection.
13. GDT is also into Victorian culture…
Which seeps into his films. In his own words, “I have a room of my library at home called ‘The Dickens Room’. It has every work by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and many other Victorian novelists, plus hundreds of works about Victorian London and its customs, etiquette, architecture.”
14. GDT hates religion.
What does this have to do with “Hellboy” me preguntes? He had a very morbidly religious grandmother that catapulted him into a “raging athiest.”
The villians in his movies, like the industrialist in “Cronos,” the Nazis in “Hellboy” and the Francoists in “Pan’s Labyrinth,” are all united in authoritarianism.
15. But he loves collecting props.
He told the New York Times, “I bought the gun on ‘Hellboy I’ from production at the end of the movie, and then I rented it to ‘Hellboy II’ in exchange for props. I said, ‘I’ll give you the gun for free for the whole shoot, but you’ve got to give me the giant egg.’ I love that movie. I think it’s one of my favorites.” The chopped head next to it is from “Blade II.”
16. And fans know how much he loves his props.
The New York Times actually did an entire piece about the different props that GDT has collected over the years.
He even said, “As a kid, I dreamed of having a house with secret passages and a room where it rained 24 hours a day. The point of being over 40 is to fulfill the desires you’ve been harboring since you were 7.”
17. GDT has two houses dedicated to horror.
They’re too scary for his wife and children to sleep in, so they have a third for peaceful living. “Bleak House” and “Bleak House 2” serve as a physical representation of GDT’s imagination.
18. Half his paychecks go toward collecting.
Welcome to GDT’s office. The monster in the makeup chair is meant to represent what it was like for Boris Karloff to be on set of the 1930’s Frankenstein movie. GDT said, “It’s kind of cute.”
19. GDT is BFF’s with James Cameron.
They met during production of “Cronos.” Back in 1997, GDT’s father, Federico del Toro Torres, was kidnapped and held for ransom in Guadalajara. After Cameron found out, he withdrew over $1 million in cash from his bank account to help pay the ransom.
They never caught the culprits and the money was never recovered.
20. The kidnapping forced GDT’s family to move abroad.
In a 2008 interview with Time magazine, he discussed the repercussions of his fame and the kidnapping. “Every day, every week, something happens that reminds me that I am in involuntary exile [from my country].”
21. GDT and Harvey Weinstein have been on the outs since 1997.
Miramax, co-founded and owned by Harvey Weinstein, gave GDT a $30 million budget to film “Mimic.” Weinstein treated GDT so poorly, that BFF James Cameron almost punched him in the face at the 70th Academy Awards (that’s the one where “Titanic” won 11 awards).
AKA, we can trust GDT’s judgement of character.
22. So, we’re counting down the days until the ceremony.
And can’t wait to see what he produces in the meantime. We’re sure it’s going to be political AF.
23. So that we can celebrate the man, the myth, the legend: GDT.
“I hate structure. I’m completely anti-structural in terms of believing in institutions. I hate them. I hate any institutionalised social, religious, or economic holding.”
Well, we love you, GDT! Felicidades!