Guillermo del Toro  

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"I mercifully lapsed as a Catholic, I say, but as Buñuel used to say, 'I'm an atheist, thank God.'" Though insisting that he is spiritually "not with Buñuel" and that "once a Catholic, always a Catholic, in a way," he followed by saying, "I believe in man. I believe in mankind, as the worst and the best that has happened to this world."

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Guillermo del Toro Gómez (born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II (2002), the supernatural superhero film Hellboy (2004), its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim (2013).

In addition to his directing works, del Toro is a prolific producer, his producing works including acclaimed and successful films such as The Orphanage (2007), Julia's Eyes (2010), Biutiful (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Puss in Boots (2011), and Mama (2013). He was originally chosen by Peter Jackson to direct The Hobbit films; he left the project due to production problems but was still credited as co-writer for his numerous contributions to the script.

Del Toro's work is characterised by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty. He has a lifelong fascination with monsters, which he considers symbols of great power. Del Toro is known for his use of insectile and religious imagery, the themes of Catholicism and celebrating imperfection, underworld and clockwork motifs, practical special effects, dominant amber lighting, and his frequent collaborations with actors Ron Perlman, Doug Jones and Federico Luppi. He is also friends with fellow Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, collectively known as "The Three Amigos of Cinema."

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Recurring collaborators

Screenwriter
Producers
Cinematographers
  • Guillermo Navarro (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim)
  • Dan Laustsen (Mimic, Crimson Peak, The Shape of Water)
  • Gabriel Beristain (Blade II, The Strain)
Composers
Editors
  • Bernat Vilaplana (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Crimson Peak)
  • Peter Amundsen (Blade II, Hellboy, Pacific Rim (with John Gilroy))
  • Sidney Wolinsky (The Strain, The Shape of Water)
Actors

thumb|Since del Toro's first feature film Cronos, he has collaborated with Ron Perlman on a total of six films and one television series.

Filmography

Feature films directed:

Video games

Bibliography

Year Title
2009 The Strain
2010 The Fall
2011 The Night Eternal
2015 Trollhunters


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