Guillermo del Toro Calls PACIFIC RIM the “Best Creative Experience [He's] Ever Had in Hollywood”

     June 7, 2012


Fans of visionary director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) have probably heard about his upcoming project, Pacific Rim, in which human-piloted robots battle monstrous creatures.  The premise basically combines two of my favorite things: Godzilla movies and Japanese mecha anime.  So it’s great to hear that del Toro had a blast making this movie, calling it “the best creative experience [he's] ever had in Hollywood.”  As I’m in awe of his creative vision in his previous exploits, that quote has a lot to live up to.  Del Toro had more to say on Pacific Rim, which stars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, which opens July 12th, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out his comments.

In a recent guillermo-del-toro-the-bloody-bendersinterview with Total Film, del Toro talked about Pacific Rim, particularly commenting on the scale of the picture and the casting of Hunnam.  As for the scope of this picture:

When we’re talking about the physicality of the fight, we ended up building several blocks of Hong Kong. And literally demolished them. We built a building and then we took down the buildings.

We built command centres of the robots that were the size of the house. We started them on hydraulic rigs that shoot and elevated them and moved them round so you could really get a sense of the physical nature driving a robot like this.

As for Hunnam:

The funny thing is Charlie was one of my only two choices for the prince of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I met with him. He screen tested. I loved Charlie before Sons Of Anarchy. He always brought a certain honesty. He’s the kind of guy that women will love who guys won’t hate.

He’s the right side of honest and good looking that you don’t want to punch him in the face. You want to have a pint with the guy. You want to take him to the pub. There’s male bonding energy with this guy that I thought was perfect for the character.

Be sure to read up on our Pacific Rim interviews with Elba (both of them), Kikuchi, and del Toro himself, as well as video and images from the set.  Check out the full synopsis for Pacific Rim below:

pacific rim set photoFrom acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.”

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end.  To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.  But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.  On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past.  Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) is directing “Pacific Rim” from a script by Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans”).  Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba (“Thor”), Rinko Kikuchi (“The Brothers Bloom”), Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), and Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films).  The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke.

Del Toro’s behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Guillermo Navarro, production designer Andrew Neskoromny, editor Peter Amundson, and costume designer Kate Hawley.

Slated for release in Summer 2013, “Pacific Rim” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.  The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

  • mee

    that pic from blade scared the crap out of me. geez.

  • snapperhead

    “He’s the right side of honest and good looking that you don’t want to punch him in the face.”

    When I read that I just thought about how I’d like to punch Channing Tatum.
    In the face.

    • That one guy

      You’d never say that if you met him. Chan is one of the most likeable, genuine, down to earth actors I’ve ever met. He’s also funny as hell.

      • snapperhead

        Hello Mr. Tatum, and thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to respond to my comment. Though we’ve never met, I’m sure you are “likeable”, “genuine”, “down to earth” and “also funny as hell”. And I do know from your past work that you’re a terrific dancer. So there’s that.
        I hope my post didn’t offend you. I have nothing against you personally, I was just trying to express in a playful manner that I understand what Mr. del Toro means with his comments about Charlie Hunnam. Personally, I think it’s a matter of overexposure. Over the past several years Mr. Hunnam has limited himself primarily to SOA, so I only see him when I chose to watch that show (and I do watch it, because it’s awesome). You, on the other hand, Mr. Tatum, have been in like ten movies in the past two years. And while I appreciate your work ethic, I must admit I’ve grown tired of seeing your face everywhere.
        Anyway, thanks again for your response and have a super day.

      • snapperhead

        Sorry. Choose, not chose.

  • Dash867

    Awww noooo!! Why would someone…no scratch that…ANYONE in Hollywood hire the guy who wrote Clash of the Titans????!!!!!! Do they WANT this movie to flop? Jesus!!! Do these Hollywood execs even WATCH the movies they produce???

    • mattinacan

      relax Guillermo co-wrote, and had final say over the script

      • Richard of Norway

        Thank god for that. I almost threw a hissy fit. Seriously.

  • Matty

    He filmed it Toronto. Restaurant on the second floor at the corner there has the best hot and sour soup in the city.

  • Strong Enough

    I read the script. ITS CRAZY

    and to that other guy complaining about Travis Beacham. Dude is a genius. some hack rewrote the script

  • Hunter

    Why is there a picture of voldemort behind del toro?

  • Josh

    Yeah, Beacham is a great writer. The Clash script got re-written to the crap we got. Beacham is a rising star.

  • Josh

    Yeah, Beacham is a great writer. Some other guy rewrote the script for Clash, resulting in the movie we got. Beacham is one to look out for (in a good way!)

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