“I cried like Miss Universe, except with different measurements. 80-80-80.”
Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to award season but this year is different. The director’s latest project, “The Shape of Water,” has been nominated for seven Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Screenplay. Jimmy Kimmel asked del Toro about the moment he found out that the movie had been nominated. Was it a fancy reveal? No, del Toro was in bed wearing his sleep apnea machine mask when he got the call from his manager.
“So, I’m sleeping and I hear [buzzing sounds] and I can’t find my glasses. I have the sleeping machine [mask] on like Darth Vader and I can’t find [my phone] and I’m like, ‘If it’s important he’ll call again,'” del Toro tells Kimmel. “He calls again. I’m looking and I find the phone and I put it right next to my eye and I read, ‘Nominated for this.’ I go, ‘That’s great.’ It took four nominations for me to find my glasses.”
Kimmel did ask if he thinks that people in Mexico will be celebrating his accomplishment. The Mexican director said he just wants to be turned into a piñata filled with candy. Kimmel then asked del Toro to explain the movie because, tbh, the plot is a little bit out there when you just read the description. He explains the main plot of the movie and the fact that his two lead characters – a woman and a sea monster – do not speak and eventually have a love scene. The real magic, however, comes after del Toro reveals he spent three years developing the creature but has had the idea for the story since he was a six-year-old watching “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”
Watch the rest of the video to hear del Toro talk about his process and the movie itself. The interview is delightful af.