Inspirational Quotes by Guillermo del Toro

When I was a child, I was raised Catholic. Somewhere, I didn’t fit with the saints and holy men. I discovered the monsters – in Boris Karloff, I saw a beautiful, innocent creature in a state of grace, sacrificed by sins he did not commit.

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Monsters are the patron saints of imperfection.

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There is beauty and humility in imperfection.

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For me, real life is hard work. Making movies is like a vacation for my soul.

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I think when we wake up in the morning, we can choose between fear and love. Every morning. And every morning, if you choose one, that doesn’t define you until the end… The way you end your story is important. It’s important that we choose love over fear, because love is the answer.

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There are two levels of vampirism: one is the regular vampire, which is just like it has always been; and then there’s the super vampires, which are a new breed we’ve created.

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I’d love to come back as the most annoying ghost ever.

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More and more, as I grow older, I find myself looking for inspiration in painting, illustration, videogames, and old movies.

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If you give an actor a green screen, the shot may work, but that green screen will not inspire you on the set as a director or as an actor.

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To me, art and storytelling serve primal, spiritual functions in my daily life. Whether I’m telling a bedtime story to my kids or trying to mount a movie or write a short story or a novel, I take it very seriously.

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I want to live in a space that I designed, that is for me.

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Love is love. And it’s much better than hatred and fear.

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Making a film is like raising a child. You cannot raise a child to be liked by everyone. You raise a child to excel, and you teach the child to be true to his own nature. There will be people who’ll dislike your child because he or she is who they are, and there will be people who’ll love your child immensely for the very same reason.

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When I was a kid, monsters made me feel that I could fit somewhere, even if it was… an imaginary place where the grotesque and the abnormal were celebrated and accepted.

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I think love is the greatest force in the universe. It’s shapeless like water. It only takes the shape of things it becomes.

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The way I love monsters is a Mexican way of loving monsters, which is that I am not judgmental. The Anglo way of seeing things is that monsters are exceptional and bad, and people are good. But in my movies, creatures are taken for granted.

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Insects are living metaphors for me. They are so alien and so remote and so perfect, but also they are emotionless; they don’t have any human or mammalian instincts. They’ll eat their young at the drop of a hat; they can eat your house! There’s no empathy – none.

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Every Sunday on Channel 6 in Guadalajara, where I lived, they dedicated most every Sunday to black-and-white horror films and sci-fi. So I watched them. I watched ‘Tarantula.’ I watched ‘The Monolith Monsters.’ I watched all the Universal library.

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I feel that your ambitions should always exceed the budget.

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There is art and beauty and power in the primal images of fantasy.

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The way they control a population is by pointing at somebody else – whether they’re gay, Mexican, Jewish, black – and saying, ‘They are different than you. They’re the reason you’re in the shape you’re in. You’re not responsible.’ And when they exonerate you through vilifying and demonizing someone else, they control you.

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I had nightmares as a kid. As an adult, I have very prosaic dreams.

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Ultimately, you walk life side-by-side with death, and the Day of the Dead, curiously enough, is about life. It’s an impulse that’s intrinsic to the Mexican character.

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To me, the thing love and cinema have in common is that they are about seeing. The greatest act of love you can give to anyone is to see them exactly as they are. That’s the greatest act of love because you wash away imperfections.

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I believe that we, every day, 24-7, all the days of our lives, we are, all of us, agents of construction and agents of destruction.

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If you want to know how to handle a crew, it’s great to be part of a crew.

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I wrote a screenplay for ‘The Witches,’ which Alfonso Cuaron was producing, but we couldn’t get it made! The studio just wouldn’t greenlight that movie. It’s my favorite Roald Dahl book, ‘The Witches,’ because I grew up with my grandmother a lot of the time, and the relationship between the boy and the grandmother speaks volumes to me.

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It is unnatural to deny effort, adversity, and pain.

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I have a schizophrenic career. I have ‘Cronos’ and ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ on one hand, and then I have ‘Blade 2’ and ‘Mimic’ on the other.

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I’ve been going through immigration all my life, and I’ve been stopped for traffic violations by cops, and they get much more curious about me than the regular guy. The moment they hear my accent, things get a little deeper.

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The other thing that I started doing for myself was, I went through my diary of ideas that I keep and made sure that the translation of the comic to the movie was good.

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I have a lot of artifacts – books on witchcrafts and talismans. I have a big, big collection of original occult books from the 1800s and 1700s, and some of the oldest books on apparitions and vampires. All original printings. It’s not that I’m a crazy believer, I just find it to be amazing research material.

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I love to travel, anywhere in the world. Wherever it is… India… Tibet… wherever. I’ll go anywhere.

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When you start with Super 8, you are everything. You’re the DP, the sound man, the effects guy. And what I started understanding, by working for other people, is that the best type of director is someone who rose through the ranks.

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I was a kid when I read Jane Eyre and fell in love with that universe. I didn’t have the acumen to say the prose is old or the prose is too complex. I just fell in love with Jane’s very lonely soul, much the same way I fell in love with Frankenstein’s creature for the same reason. Those old souls exist in every decade in every century.

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I see horror as part of legitimate film. I don’t see it as an independent genre that has nothing to do with the rest of cinema.

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Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters.

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Monsters are evangelical creatures for me.

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I don’t think there is life beyond death. I don’t. But I do believe that we get this clarity in the last minute of our life. The titles we achieved, the honors we managed, they all vanish. You are left alone with you and your deeds and the things you didn’t do.

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TV now, you have to plan it: you structure it for binge watching, meaning you structure the whole season like a three-act play. You have a first act – the first third of the season – second act is the middle third, and you structure it like that.

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Crimson’ is written in a very particular style, and it’s very precise in the way it graduates into a gothic romance. The souls that will connect with it will connect deeply.

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I was very attracted to doing ‘The Wolverine’ in Japan because that’s my favorite chapter in the story of Wolverine. But I’m not a superhero guy.

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I’m not that interested in recreating reality. I’m interested in recreating an emotional truth.

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You cannot convince a Buddhist to become a Protestant any more than you can convince a person who embraces realism as the highest form of art that fantasy is an equally important manifestation. It’s impossible.

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But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic ghost story like The Others, Devil’s Backbone and The Sixth Sense. It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling.

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I’d grab the camera and tell people what to do, and when I was 14, someone told me that it was called directing.

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The problem with ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ was that it was designed to be a PG-13 movie. It was literally a horror movie for a younger generation. I was trying to do the film equivalent of teenage, young adult readers, and when they gave it an R rating, the movie couldn’t sustain an R.

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I see myself as a perennial expatriate because, frankly, I don’t think I fit comfortably in any conventional form of filmmaking, and I feel at the same time, depending on the project, I fit into many different ones.

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I saw a martyr in the Wolf Man, who is the very moving essence of outsiderness, with which I identified fully.

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As a director, I design every movie to be true to itself, and damn it if they like it, and damn it if they don’t.

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A lot of Mexican Catholic dogma, the way it’s taught, it’s about existing in a state of grace, which I found impossible to reconcile with the much darker view of the world and myself, even as a child.

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There’s nothing more political than fantasy.

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