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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The Hellboy II posters rightly - and finally - tout Guillermo del Toro as the visionary director of Pan's Labyrinth, but his films have had a visionary streak since his first, Cronos, a decidedly different twist on a vampire movie.

All through his dabbles with Hollywood with the likes of Mimic, Blade 2 and Hellboy, del Toro has successfully managed to remain true to his roots, with the masterful Devil's Backbone and 2006's brilliant Pan's Labyrinth.

But it's his unwillingness to compromise that makes del Toro a powerful filmmaker, even if it often means he's had to turn down projects that would otherwise have been a good fit. And it's a talent learned, no doubt, from the bad experience he had with the brothers Weinstein on Mimic.

Now he faces his greatest challenges. Hellboy II has just been released in the US and he's already hard at work adapting JRR Tolkien's book The Hobbit with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. Can Hellboy II prove del Toro a master of audience moviemaking, and will he be able to make the same impact with The Hobbit as Jackson did with the Rings?

As part of our ongoing series of Dinner and the Movies conversations - which kicked off with a mammoth chat with Kevin Smith and continued with similarly-gargantuan catch-ups with Neil Gaiman and Edgar Wright - we visited del Toro last month at De Lane Lea post-production facility in London where he was hard at work putting the finishing touches to Hellboy II.

For an hour we talked about his career past, present and future, and for the first time in Dinner and the Movies' short history, we present the entire experience as video. With our apologies for some technical troubles with sound, over twelve parts which can be watched back-to-back for a full experience, our Dinner and the Movies conversation with Guillermo del Toro is about as comprehensive as it could be.

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Left to Right: RT-UK Writer Orlando Parfitt, RT-UK Editor Joe Utichi and Guillermo del Toro.

The topics under discussion in each part include:

Part 1 - On finishing Hellboy II and where the character goes from here...
Part 2 - On the projects he's turned down over the years...
Part 3 - On a change of plans after being offered The Hobbit...
Part 4 - On the weight of expectation on his back for The Hobbit...
Part 5 - On the so-called "bridge" film and how it will be shaped...
Part 6 - On why characters like Bilbo appeal...
Part 7 - On his grand ambitions from early on in his career...
Part 8 - On learning when to say no...
Part 9 - On the Mimic experience, and talk of a special edition...
Part 10 - On critical and commercial success and balancing the two...
Part 11 - On his love of idiosyncrasy...
Part 12 - On the trouble with modern moviemaking...

On each page you can watch the segments in full and enjoy text highlights should you be so inclined. So get watching!

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