We revisit our conversation with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro at the time that Pacific Rim hit theaters last year. The imaginative storyteller talks about the disappointments in the business and how he handles the vagaries of today’s movie business. Plus, an all new Banter.
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Today we revisit a conversation with Guillermo del Toro from last summer, when his apocalypse movie, Pacific Rim, was just hitting theaters. The film reportedly cost $190 million and didn’t fare that well in the US Overseas audiences pushed the worldwide gross to $411 million -- but the project still was not the hoped-for hit for its backers, Warner Bros and Legendary. But del Toro -- who admited to having waves of anxiety interspersed with periods of calm -- said his job as a storyteller was done and that his expertise wasn't marketing. Besides he was already deep into the television adaptation of his vampire books The Strain for FX, and serving as executive producer of Kung Fu Panda 3 for Dreamworks. The man who loves to work, talked about how he’s lived a life as a ‘circus performer’ who is ‘socially inept.’ And while he claims to stay out of the inside baseball game of ‘the business’ he’s pragmatic about dealing with the vagaries of the movie world and dealing with studios.
Guillermo del Toro, filmmaker
Guillermo Del Toro
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