My Geeky Trivia
By Geeky Gem
This week I thought I would mix up the trivia a bit, instead of doing the normal TV show or movie trivia, I am going to do trivia on a single man. This man is from Mexico, and was born in 1964 he has been bringing us movies in Spanish and English since 1985. This man is none other than Guillermo del Toro. I was a little late to the del Toro party, having not heard about him until Hellboy came out. I have since seen his entire back catalogue of films and they truly are brilliant. Here are some interesting facts about this brilliant director/writer/producer.
Guillermo became a vegetarian for 4 years after seeing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
He turned down the chance to direct Blade:Trinty, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, all in order to work on Hellboy.
He fought the film studios for almost seven years to get Ron Perlman for the title role in Hellboy. The studio wanted a bigger name to ensure the success of the movie, but del Toro thought that Perlman was the perfect choice, and wouldn’t make the movie if he wasn’t cast.
Guillermo has a photographic memory.
In 1997 his father was kidnapped in Mexico and held for seventy-two days until his ransom was paid.
His favourite movie monsters are Frankenstein’s Monster and the Creature of the Black Lagoon.
Lost 45 lbs. while making Pan’s Labyrinth, which he admitted in the DVD’s video prologue.
Turned down a chance to direct I am Legend, One Missed Call, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, to work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
His movie and comic book collection is so huge that he had to buy an extra home to accommodate it.
His favourite album is The Wall by Pink Floyd.
There we have just a few fun facts about this guy from Mexico who took on Hollywood to get Ron Perlman in a big red suite and made him one of my most favourite characters ever. Thank you Guillermo.