Interview: 'Pacific Rim' Director Guillermo del Toro on Budgets & Life

July 11, 2013

Guillermo del Toro

"Their heads are going to explode." He's a legend - Guillermo del Toro, one of the most lovably geeky yet talented storytellers working today, behind films like Cronos, Blade II, Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth. His next movie is finally here, Pacific Rim, featuring giant robots called Jaegers fighting giant monsters called Kaiju. I was lucky enough to get 10 minutes to chat with Guillermo and covered as many questions about Pacific Rim and his life as I could in that much time. I always love hearing him talk about anything, but this is a good interview. We talk about his films and budgets, Star Wars, balancing his own life, and much more.

This interview was held in San Francisco at a hotel located right above the Gay Pride Parade. Any cheering heard is coming from the parade outside, our apologies on background noise. Otherwise this was a fun chat.

Watch my interview with Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro, recorded in San Francisco:

Thank you to Guillermo del Toro for his time, and to Warner Bros for arranging the interview and my travel to San Francisco. Guillermo is one of those filmmakers that I could listen to for hours and hours and never get bored. He's a huge movie geek and can talk about anything and everything, from comics to filmmaking to collecting to books to sci-fi and horror and everything inbetween. As always, I wish I had more time to speak with him, but all of my colleagues also spoke with him and he gives a unique interview every time. I'm so glad I got to talk with him on video for Pacific Rim and I hope everyone enjoyed watching. This interview was conducted in San Francisco after we toured the ILM visual effects offices and screened the movie in 3D.

Guillermo del Toro & Idris Elba on the Pacific Rim Set

Warner Bros' & Legendary's Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, arrives in theaters everywhere this week, starting July 12th. See the final trailer and catch the movie on the big screen in theaters everywhere.

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Thanks AB! You da man!!!

DAVIDPD on Jul 11, 2013


Great interview, Alex! Lots of nice details in there - especially liked the points about the jaegers and their differences. I just got back from seeing Pacific Rim and as both an anime and action film fan I can't express how much I loved it....I just hope it does well enough (and Guillermo del Toro can find the time) to get a sequel at some point.

Adreth Stark on Jul 11, 2013


It was fantastic. The action was tight and amazing. Michael Bay needs to take notes.

mooreworthy on Jul 11, 2013


Excellent interview. Even more interesting after just coming back from watching it. I loved the movie. The movie is not perfect but what a great monster movie. its really cool. His creativity is awesome. I hope he keeps making movies!! Wait for the scene after the initial end credits!!! 🙂

seb on Jul 11, 2013


It's funny because all that cheering background noise during this video I figured it had to be pride parade:) Can't wait for PACIFIC RIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "WE ARE CANCELLING THE APOCALYPSE!" lol so epic.

SkyNet300 on Jul 12, 2013


Good interview. Pacific Rim is really garnering a lot of positive reviews. Sounds like its going to be a fun popcorn flick.

Jim Dawkins on Jul 12, 2013


Love everything he does. Loved The Devil's backbone, Pan's Labyrinth. HELLBOY. Cant wait to see Pacific Rim.

Jim Dawkins on Jul 12, 2013


Nice one on the interview Alex! Also can't wait to see the film.

Carpola on Jul 12, 2013


The cgi action was great and liked my free poster that was given out at the end of the film via IMAX. That being said why didn't they try to get real actors instead of Horrible TV actors? Some of the dialogue was really pointless and a waste of times as well. If you want to go see a great fight robot monster movie this is it but try to sleep through the actual people scenes. So watch the first 10 min and the last 30 min.

Mindless on Jul 12, 2013


I think it's safe to say now, Mountains of Madness will be made.

Nick Sears on Jul 12, 2013



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