Guillermo del Toro is fat, awesome

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“I’m going to sit, because I’m fat. I hope you’re drinking stuff.”

These are the first words from the mouth of one of the most visionary directors of our time as he mounts a stage in Portland for a fascinating interview that is supposed to be about his new book, The Strain – but ends up revealing so much more.

There is no question that Guillermo del Toro rules. Best known for directing the Hellboy movies and Pan’s Labyrinth, his original and fascinating takes on fantasy creatures have wowed filmgoers time and again. His upcoming release Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark promises more of the same awesomeness. And though many were disappointed when a del Toro-directed two-film treatment of Tolkien’s The Hobbit fell through due to financial difficulties at MGM, his forthcoming projects should make up for it: he’s directing a darker, 3D version of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, and will finally make H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.

Go forth and check out io9’s summary and commentary of del Toro’s interview, complete with video clips. And for fans of both del Toro and Ron Perlman, if you haven’t heard it yet, be sure to dig out your Hellboy DVD and listen to the actor commentary. It’s worth it just to hear Perlman say (with a really bad Spanish accent), in loving mockery of del Toro explaining how many MORE times they’ll do the shot in the first Samael chase scene where a car flips over Hellboy’s head: “I am prepared to dee-stroy twenty-four vee-hicles, if I need to.”

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