Guillermo del Toro
July 09, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
Comedy fans might know Charlie Day as the manic presence that animates much of the silliness on the long-running FX series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” or from his turn as the man sexually harassed by Jennifer Aniston’s lascivious dentist in 2011′s “Horrible Bosses,” among other featured roles. But “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo del Toro’s new film set for release Friday, showcases a somewhat different side of Day, as the kaiju-obsessed Dr. Newton Geiszler. “It was refreshing to get to play a character that had some intelligence,” Day said. The actor recently spoke to Hero Complex about the challenges of providing some comic relief in the sci-fi blockbuster while staying true to character, and what it was like to work with cast member Ron Perlman and to be directed by Del Toro, whom Day described as a cinematic visionary in the mode […]
July 08, 2013 | 5:13 p.m.
There are plenty of larger-than-life creations in “Pacific Rim,” the new big-budget sci-fi epic from Guillermo del Toro that opens in theaters Friday. While towering Jaegers and monstrous kaiju might get top billing, not to be overlooked is Hannibal Chau, Ron Perlman’s outrageously attired black market dealer in alien artifacts, a role that Del Toro dreamed up specifically for the actor. The two have enjoyed a long artistic partnership that dates back to the filmmaker’s feature debut, 1993′s “Cronos,” and of course, includes the two “Hellboy” movies in which Perlman starred as Mike Mignola’s oddball demon child. Perlman recently spoke to Hero Complex — the actor called during a round of golf on a Los Angeles course — to describe his rapport with Del Toro and his work in “Pacific Rim.” HC: How much input did you have into the […]
July 05, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
In “Pacific Rim,” the new film from Guillermo del Toro that storms into theaters July 12, Charlie Hunnam plays the talented Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket who must overcome personal heartbreak in the hopes of saving the world from an invading alien race of kaiju. With its $180 million budget and live-action anime trappings, the movie isn’t necessarily the sort of project the 33-year-old English actor usually finds himself drawn to — Hunnam, of course, is best known to American audiences as the tough but sensitive biker Jackson “Jax” Teller on “Sons of Anarchy,” the gritty, critically acclaimed FX drama revolving around the members of a California motorcycle gang, but his resume also includes turns in such films as Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men,” the indie drama “Deadfall” and the cult comedy “3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom,” among others. But […]
July 04, 2013 | 9:58 a.m.
Opening July 12, Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming sci-fi spectacle tale “Pacific Rim” features plenty of visual fireworks as towering Jaegers face off against menacing kaiju. But there’s some rivalry among the gifted Jaeger pilots who battle the ferocious beasts as well. In this new clip from the film, Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket meets Rob Kazinsky’s tough guy Chuck Hansen over a meal, and, well, let’s just say they don’t immediately become fast friends. Written by Del Toro and Travis Beacham, “Pacific Rim” features an ensemble cast led by Hunnam (known to many from his turn on the acclaimed FX drama “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi and Burn Gorman, with Kazinsky and Max Martini playing father-son pilots. (Kazinsky, of course, also can be seen on this season of HBO’s “True Blood.”) Del Toro regular Ron Perlman shows […]
June 29, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
Guillermo del Toro had just come from a darkened Burbank auditorium when he arrived at the Warner Bros. lot to lead a conference call of visual-effects technicians finalizing the extensive CG sequences for his new film “Pacific Rim.” He’d spent the first hour of a winter afternoon using a red laser pointer to indicate precisely where he’d like the 3-D effects to be amplified in specific scenes as towering robots known as Jaegers soldiered silently across the ocean floor on the big screen. Now, seated in front of a computer monitor, it was time to perfect some of the hand-to-hand combat sequences between the movie’s lumbering giants and the alien beasties known as kaiju that serve as the bad guys in the ambitious, $180-million film. In one shot, he requested that the otherworldly creature adopt more of a boxer’s stance; […]
June 28, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Most moviegoers will have to wait until July 12 to see “Pacific Rim,” but a few hundred Hero Complex readers will get to see the much-anticipated robots-vs.-kaiju epic early on Wednesday, July 10, at our free IMAX screening in Long Beach. The special advanced screening of the futuristic tale will include a Q&A with the film’s Oscar-nominated director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro, moderated by Hero Complex editor Gina McIntyre. “Pacific Rim” chronicles the battle between giant alien monsters who invade our world and the enormous robots — called Jaegers — which humans build and pilot to defeat the alien threat. (Click through the gallery above for some scenes from the movie.) The film marks Del Toro’s first directing gig since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” “Pacific Rim’s” cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Burn […]
June 25, 2013 | 1:36 p.m.
The theatrical opening of “Pacific Rim” is less than three weeks away, but for Guillermo del Toro fans who can’t wait, here’s a sneak peek at some stills from the film. Due in theaters July 12, “Pacific Rim” is a futuristic tale in which giant alien monsters have invaded our world via an inter-dimensional portal, prompting mankind to build equally enormous robots called Jaegers to defeat them. The hulking mechanized weapons are manned by an elite team of pilots, including Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi’s Mako Mori, who represent humanity’s best line of defense against the beastly threat. The film, which Del Toro co-wrote with Travis Beacham, promises some epic battles between 25-story robots and kaiju. “The monsters are more powerful than I’ve ever designed,” Del Toro told Hero Complex. “We use cars and buildings as you would […]
June 24, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Guillermo del Toro’s new film “Pacific Rim” aims to introduce a new generation of moviegoers to the kaiju cinema the filmmaker loves so well — and a new poster for the movie created by Los Angeles-based artist Sergio Grisanti attempts to capture the unique visual energy of the Oscar nominee’s singular take on the genre. The limited-edition poster was created specifically as part of Imax’s Fanfix series and will be available exclusively at the first Imax showings of “Pacific Rim,” which soldiers into theaters July 12. “I am thrilled to introduce Sergio Grisanti to the world,” Del Toro said in a statement. “For years he has been a highly respected commercial artist. When I was first exposed to his art for ‘Pacific Rim,’ I knew instantly that he was a powerhouse of talent. He created the Jaeger posters/card art we […]
June 05, 2013 | 3:03 p.m.
“Pacific Rim” opens in theaters July 12 with its tale of an invading alien species of kaiju and the massive Jaegers developed by man to save life on the planet from the beastly threat. For those looking for a comprehensive grounding in the universe of the film before it opens, a new prequel graphic novel has arrived. “Produced” by the film’s director, Guillermo del Toro, and written by co-screenwriter Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans”), the “Pacific Rim” graphic novel features pencils by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet , Chris Batista, Geoff Shaw and Pericles Junior; inks by Junior, Steve Bird, Matt Banning and Mark McKenna; and a painted cover by Alex Ross. Beacham recently spoke to Hero Complex about the genesis of the Legendary comic tie-in, out Wednesday, its relationship to the film and working with Del Toro. HC: The […]
May 30, 2013 | 4:26 p.m.
When “Pacific Rim” reaches theaters July 12, it will be the first film from Guillermo del Toro as a director since 2008′s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” Of course, the writer-director has had a hand in numerous other projects and is involved in myriad ways in dozens more. Near the top of his list, though, is an adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster” manga series for HBO. Speaking at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Del Toro said he has submitted a pilot script for “Monster” and was waiting to hear from the cable network if the series would go forward. “You cannot compress ‘Monster’ into a feature,” Del Toro said, of the project he is co-writing with “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” writer Steven Thompson. “‘Monster’ is almost like Chekhovian, it has all these little characters that are incredibly smart […]