AICN’s Quint chats with one of my favorite people in the film business: director Guillermo Del Toro. They primarily talk about the new, Guillermo-presented Spanish release, The Orphanage. A great ghost story, that was a hit at Fantastic Fest this year, it opens in the U.S. at the end of the month. Del Toro serves as the executive producer, for this film directed by first-timer Juan Antonio Bayona. Here’s some of what Quint and Del Toro had to talk about:
Quint: You said that you have a lot of interest in helping produce first time projects. Is it just exciting for you to see… I don’t want to make it sound like you are going out of your way to do favors for people who don’t deserve it, because it’s not, but is it exciting for you to kind of make these dreams come true?
Del Toro: The fact is, you know, it’s very delicate, because as a producer I have done I don’t know how many projects, but certainly around ten or more and a lot of them come out really good and a lot of them don’t come out the way I saw them. It’s up to the director at the end of the day. We just act as bodyguards with a hunch and if you get a hunch of somebody having talent or not, you can be wrong. That’s why when I reject a screenplay or I reject a project, I make sure to bow to the director presenting it and say “I don’t like it, but that should not stop you from doing it. You should pursue it in spite of me saying ‘no.’ You should not stop pursuing it.” And vice versa, when I say “yes,” I can be and have been very wrong with my own stuff and with somebody else’s, but it’s more exciting to do a first film than it is to try and just produce “the sure thing.”
They also discuss Del Toro’s next directing effort, Hellboy II: Golden Army. Check out the cool new trailer here: