Guillermo del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro has always imagined the National Geographic approach to designing monsters. (5:32)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT DIRECTED THE

MOVIES "HELL BOY" AND "HELL BOY

2."

I SAY IT'S ABOUT TIME HE HAD BAR

MITZVAH AND BECOME A HELL MAN.

PLEASE WELCOME GUILLERMO DEL

TORO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, MR. TELL OR THE ROW, NICE

TO MEET YOU.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

VERY EXCITED TO HAVE YOU ON.

I'M A GIANT FAN.

>> THANK YOU.

I'M A GIANT GUEST.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

YES, YOU ARE.

WE'RE SHOOTING THIS IN IMAX.

BESIDES... YOU ARE WHAT I CALL A

POWERHOUSE OF THE FANTASTICAL.

>> OH, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: ANYBODY EVER CALL

YOU THAT BEFORE?

>> NOT IN THE FAMILY.

>> Stephen: TRADEMARK.

TRADEMARK.

NOW, BESIDES DIRECTING "HELL

BOY," "HELL BOY 2", "PANS

LABYRINTH," YOU GOT THIS NEW

BOOK OUT, THE SECOND IN A

SERIES, "THE FALL."

IT'S PART OF A SERIES OF VAMPIRE

BOOKS YOU'RE WORKING ON.

>> BUT NOT SPARKLY ONES.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE NOT YOUNG

AND REALLY BEAUTIFUL AND THERE

SEEMS TO BE NO DOWN SIDE TO

BEING A VAMPIRE?

>> THESE ARE NASTY, PARASITIC,

VERY SCARY CREATURES, AND, YOU

KNOW, WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE

VAMPIRES LESS OF A DATE AND MORE

OF A PREDATOR.

>> Stephen: THE GREATEST FEAR

IS THE VAMPIRE MIGHT BREAK UP

WITH YOU VIA E-MAIL.

THIS IS OLD SCHOOL VAMPIRE.

>> REALLY SCARY, BRUTAL

VAMPIRES.

>> Stephen: SO IS THERE ANY

SEX?

>> NOT IN THE BOOK.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: UM, YOU... UM, WHY

DO YOU LOVE MONSTERS SO MUCH

BECAUSE YOUR MONSTERS ARE

FANTASTIC.

WHAT I LOVE, PARTICULARLY ABOUT

THE "HELL BOY" SERIES IS THERE

IS A... THEY'RE SO DIFFERENT

FROM EACH OTHER, YET YOU CAN SEE

YOUR ARTISTIC HAND IN ALL THE

MONSTERS.

THEY'RE COHESIVE IN THEIR

DIFFERENCE.

>> I THINK OF THEM... I KNOW

MORE ABOUT MONSTERS THAN I KNOW

ABOUT MY COUSINS OR MY FAMILY.

>> Stephen: ARE THEY LIKE

MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY?

>> PRETTY MUCH.

I IMAGINE THEM.

I'VE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT THESE

VAMPIRES FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS.

I WAS A VERY STRANGE CHILD.

>> Stephen: IN WHAT WAY?

>> I USED TO READ... THE FIRST

HORROR BOOK I BOUGHT WAS AT AGE

SEVEN.

I'VE BEEN READING VAMPIRE

FOLKLORE SINCE I WAS A VERY

YOUNG CHILD.

I ALWAYS IMAGINED SORT OF THE

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC APPROACH TO

DESIGNING MONSTERS.

SO I FIGURED OUT...

>> Stephen: THERE SHOULD BE A

GUIDE BOOK AND YOU CHECK IT OFF,

YOU GO ON SAFARI FOR MONSTER?

THAT WOULD BE FUN.

>> MENTALLY.

RAY IS A GREAT ANIMATOR AND

CREATOR OF MONSTERS.

HE USED TO SAY, YOU CANNOT

DESIGN A MONSTER UNLESS YOU

IMAGINE IT IN ITS OWN

ENVIRONMENT.

IF YOU JUST IMAGINE A MOVIE

MONSTER, THEY DON'T WORK, AS

WELL.

>> Stephen: SO YOU HAVE TO GET

THE HOMIE FEEL.

THIS IS ABOUT A SLAM PYRRHIC

VIRUS THAT STARTS TURNING PEOPLE

INTO VAMPIRES ALL OVER THE

WORLD.

THE VAMPIRES ARE ALL VYING FOR

WORLD DOMINATION.

HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO THIS

HAPPENING ON A SCALE OF VERY

LIKELY TO IT'S ALREADY UNDER

WAY?

>> I THINK IT'S ALREADY WITHIN

WITHIN -- BEEN COVERED UP.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING FOR

PEOPLE TO BE SCARED OF.

>> I THINK THEY SHOULD BE.

>> Stephen: I'M HOLDING A

RALLY TO KEEP FEAR ALIVE.

COULD YOU GIVE ME ANY ADVICE?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY ADVICE ON

THE USE OF FEAR?

>> WE CAN MAKE UP A VIRUS.

THAT'S PRETTY EFFECTIVE.

>> Stephen: SO I COULD INFECT

MY FANS WITH A VIRUS?

THAT SOUNDS TERRIFYING.

I HEAR IF YOU GO TO JON

STEWART'S RALLY, YOU TURN INTO A

VAMPIRE.

>> I TELL YOU, IT SOUNDED PRETTY

BAD.

>>

>> Stephen: THAT'S ONE OF THE

THINGS TO BE MOST SCARED OF IS

IMMIGRANTS COMING FROM MEXICO.

CASE IN POINT RIGHT HERE.

HOW DID YOU GET HERE, BY THE

WAY?

WERE YOU AN ANCHOR BABY?

>> NO.

I WAS AN ANCHOR BY SHEER WEIGHT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: YOUR CATHOLICISM,

THE SORT OF CENTRAL AMERICAN

HISPANIC CA CATHOLICISM IS

PARTICULARLY BLOODY AND GORY.

I WENT TO A HISPANIC CHURCH IN

CHICAGO WHEN I LIVED THERE, AND

THERE WAS JUST BLOOD AND GUTS

EVERYWHERE AND LIGHTBULBS A AS

PART OF THE STATUES.

>> BECAUSE YOU GOT THE LIGHT THE

EXIT ONES, YOU KNOW?

>> Stephen: YOU WANTED TO SEE

SATAN DEVOURING THE BABY.

>> THERE ARE COMPOUND FRACTURES.

I USED TO GO TO THE CHURCH AND

THERE WERE EXPOSED BONES AND

PURPOSELING SKIN.

IT WAS PRETTY...

>> IT'S NOT EVERY CULTURE WHERE

THEY BRING OUT THE SKULLS ON THE

HOLIDAYS.

>> NO, NO.

OR ST. LUCIE WITH THE EYES IN

THE LITTLE TRAY.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

>> ST. LUCIE WITH HER EYES IN A

LITTLE TRAY.

THEY WERE NOT EXACTLY... IT

DIDN'T MAKE COMMUNION ANY MORE

APPETIZING, YOU KNOW?

>> Stephen: BECAUSE THE BODY

AND THE BLOOD OF CHRIST COULD

HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN THE BODY AND

THE BLOOD.

>> CHURCHES MEXICO COULD LEARN

FROM FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS AND

PUT BETTER PICTURES ON THE MENU.

IT WAS PRETTY...

>> Stephen: YOU WANT TO GIVE

THE EUCHARIST MORE STREET

APPEAL?

WELL, GUILLERMO DEL TORO, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

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