Guillermo del Toro describes his worst day on The Shape of Water, where a car almost derailed the entire set: "Michael Shannon runs to try to stop the car. The car drags Michael in the middle of the rain. It hits the first post. Shower of sparks. Goes for the second post and it's coming straight for the video system…" | Oscars Roundtables
Posted by The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday, December 9, 2017
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“I have never run for anything in my life. I’m 53, I don’t know what that is. And I go, ‘I’m going to die.'”
Making movies is hard work. A standard day on a TV shoot, film shoot, even sometimes a student video project is 12 hours. That’s a regular work day. Imagine being on a hundred million dollar film shoot, with schedules, movie stars, stunts, hundreds of people on set. With so many moving pieces, things can become pretty hectic. Sometimes, you get an epic story of how everything blew up in your face. Guillermo Del Toro has such a story.
In a recent clip from The Hollywood Reporter’s “Oscar Roundtable” series, where filmmakers, actors, and producer discuss their craft, Del Toro recounted his hardest day on the set of “The Shape Of Water.” The film, which is now nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards, stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon. Del Toro tells an amazing story about Shannon, who ended up accidentally crashing a car, bringing down a light pole and putting just about everyone’s life in danger. It’s pretty insane. Check out the video for more insider stuff, Del Toro is a master storyteller.