Guillermo del Toro - RT's Dinner and the Movies Interview

The visionary director spends an hour talking to us about his career.

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Part 4 of 12: On the weight of expectation on his back for The Hobbit...


Highlights from the video:
I feel very comfortable with it technically and creatively. In the writing of it I'm partnering up with people I absolutely admire - Peter, Fran and Philippa, when you re-watch the Lord of the Rings movies, which I've done recently many, many times, you realise the human and emotional quality of the writing is suberb.

It's a very different book than the trilogy. It's a book that's written from a start of innocence and an ending of disappointment. The ending is quite bittersweet and melancholic. The Hobbit as a self-contained movie will have its own personality.

The reason I connect with The Hobbit is because it's all seen from a really humble, honest, little guy point of view. I'm not saying Bilbo is a child, but he is a very sheltered character and I love the journey. The dynamic of the hobbit with the dwarves is a great interaction. You have the proper guy and these foul, adorable creatures around him.

Continue on to part 5, as del Toro talks about the so-called "bridge" movie and explains how he plans to shape it.

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