Aside from being an exciting filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro has a love for the fantastical that runs deep. As he told the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, he’s been collecting books, arts, and life-size figures of his favorite characters. “I’m a monster guy,” he said. “I love fantasy. I love reading.” Now you can walk in the footsteps of Del Toro through his own personal assortment of treasures in a new exhibit titled Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, that will be touring the U.S. beginning in Los Angeles.
Del Toro’s friends nicknamed his personal sanctuary “El Gordo,” translated as “fat one,” which includes a full-scale replica of Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, a garden statue of Ray Harryhausen‘s Jason’s Argonauts, and a bust of Megan from The Exorcist glued to the TV set. Also included is Del Toro’s massive book collection, filled with various titles of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Much like the name of the exhibition — Bleak House refers to the Charles Dickens novel of the same name — the books are held in various rooms named after various authors.
Said Del Toro:
It happens to all of us, our house is who we are. Even if people say not to judge a book by its cover, we are what we own. And I know the difference between collecting or accumulating is very, very, very small. A hoarder accumulates compulsively while the collector lives through their objects, every book, every object has a meaning. And that’s me.
Pan’s Labyrinth, the Hellboy films, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and FX’s The Strain are some of the filmmaker’s elaborate works, and he not too long ago released a book titled Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities, featuring sketches, notes, and other obsessions. But there’s nothing like getting up close and personal with the man’s inner workings.
For now, watch GDT take you on a tour of his Bleak House in the video below.