Guillermo del Toro Talks The Strain and Pacific Rim 2 Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.22.2014
He's a busy man...
In an interview with Shock Till You Drop, Guillermo Del Toro spoke about his TV series The Strain and also provided updates on Pacific Rim 2 and Crimson Peak.
On if FX gets the anatomy of the vampires from The Strain right in episode four: "Three is one of my favorites. Three and four I love, but the opening of three with the makeup scene is one of my favorite openings of the show. You start getting into the mythology. This is how they look. This is how they can be amongst us. They use makeup and this extensive makeup. I shot part of that scene for example. The anatomy scene, the biology scene, the autopsy, I shot part of that too because I wanted a few shots specifically to be exactly what I needed."
On the pace of the series: "We change a little bit. We have action episodes and then we have horror episodes and we have other episodes that are mostly character. What is interesting is that now the characters that were going separate ways start to intertwine. But even then, we don't go the normal route. For example, Gus meets Setrakian, but they don't get together for the rest of the season. Then Gus meets Zach, Eph's son, but they don't get together either. It's a little bit of a tease, and then if you're on episode 6, Fet is going to finally meet them a little later, but in the meantime they're parallel stories. So when they start interacting, when they start summing each other, the pace picks up because you're not following separate dynamics. You're now coming into a single story."
On if Pacific Rim 2 only got made because Legendary moved to Universal: "No, when we finished the first one, we said, "Well, we could go here or there." At some point, Thomas [Tull] and I met and we said, "You know what, it took such an effort to create the world, we would like to continue." When Legendary moved, they moved with that property. Thomas took it with him, so it's a fortunate coincidence of events but we started talking about it before they made the move."
On being technical about how he shoots horror in Crimson Peak: "Correct. Yes, especially there's a particular sequence in Crimson that I'm very, very proud of. It's a killing and I use misdirection a little bit. It's all playing to what the audience thinks is going to happen and then you do something different. But I think that you can do it through a skillful staging on camera or you can do it through humor with Neil Diamond in the pilot. I guess to counterpoint and misdirect a little bit."