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Weird Things About Guillermo del Toro

Updated May 26, 2021 27.4k views14 items
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Since the release of Cronos in 1993, Mexican writer and director Guillermo del Toro has built a strong following with the distinctive look and feel of his feature films. Fans have long been intrigued by his ability to blend fairy-tale archetypes with storylines based on historical events or even comic books. While this combination of genres may seem strange to some, others see it as part of the weird tapestry that is del Toro.

During pre-production, del Toro hand-sketches the fanciful creatures and details he hopes to bring to life in movies like Pan’s Labyrinth or Pacific Rim. Some of these sketches appeared in a book released by del Toro in 2013 - but they only scratch the surface of his obsession with the macabre and the fanciful.

He owns one home for the sole purpose of displaying his personal collections, he entered into an agreement with monsters as a child, and he once made a short film about a serial killer potato. The Mexican writer-director is an eccentric, once-in-a-lifetime talent, and he has a number of strange tendencies to prove it.