Guillermo Del Toro and Cast Talk 'Pacific Rim'


At this month’s San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Guillermo del Toro joined his Pacific Rim cast to discuss their giant-monsters-versus-robots epic due out next year from Warner Brothers. Below are the highlights of what they had to tell us…

Guillermo del Toro

On whether he was looking to raise the bar with this film…

“This movie was a big, big growth for me as a director. In the same way that Pan’s Labyrinth represented the chance to do something in the Spanish language, that I tried before but I wanted to show what I could do with more support and more freedom. To me, Pacific Rim represented that, on another scale. As a director I concentrated on things that I felt personally that I needed to improve from the other films and concentrate on things I hadn’t tied. And I shot the movie very differently in many ways, but with the same philosophy and visual style. So it was a huge experience, the best I’ve had on any film set in all my life. I enjoyed absolutely every moment.”

On his inspiration…

“I wouldn’t compare it to a Godzilla film. There are two subgenres that are very popular in Japan. One is the kaiju film, the other is the giant robot subgenre. Occasionally they mix together, usually on TV series, but on film what I thought is these were things that were part of my nutritional makeup growing up. I literally was raised watching these movies. One of the points I wanted to make is we should not reference other movies. We should not rewatch Gamera or Gojira. We love them, but we said, ‘Let’s create the world we are doing. It fall in here or it falls in here, but we should not be doing a referential film.’ If things happen they happen because they are being made by people who love those genres, but I didn’t want to be post-modern or referential or just belong to a genre. I really wanted to create something new, something very, very madly in love with those things. I tried to bring epic beauty and grandeur to it, but it happens that many, many of the battles you see and many of the quirks are going to be executed differently than they normally would. There are things in the movie that I’m the proudest of of anything I’ve ever made.”

Ron Perlman

On his villainous character…

“I’m a black marketer in this film. I’ve had this relationship with the powers that be, whereby I have the rights to all of these monsters to sell on the black market to rich people who have way too much money and are looking to collect rare and exotic strange shit. So I have no morality. I have no moral compass. No scruples whatsoever. I’m just a profiteer. In this case, a war profiteer. But the war is not among countries, it’s a way against time for all humanity.”

Charlie Hunnam

On his damaged champion...

“I play a guy called Raleigh, who in this world that Guillermo has created was one of the super soldiers that pilot these giant robots. When you meet me in the beginning of the story, he’s suffered a giant loss. Not only has it kind of killed my sense of self-worth but my will to fight and to keep on going. Then Rinko [Kikuchi’s character Mako] and a couple of other people bring me out of retirement to try to help in this grand push. I think that journey is a very relatable one.”

Guillermo Del Toro

On the dynamic between Raleigh and Mako (pictured above), who must co-pilot a giant robot, known as a Jaeger…

“What was really the character of Rinko, the same as Charlie, had a big fall. And when they meet, one of the ideas in the script is that two people that are really, really hurt can become one. Both in metaphorically or in life. They meet with their two empty pieces and connect almost like a puzzle.”