ACADEMY AWARD winning director and Über nerd, Guillermo del Toro, in his speech accepting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this week, told the crowd, “I’m a Mexican and I am an immigrant.”
The Blade II director specializing in fantasy is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. After creating his first film Cronos, which went on to earn nine Ariel awards, del Toro went on to fill his robust portfolio with movies such as The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and a list of others.
The director used his time on the famous sidewalk to call attention to American politics. “Right now, we are in a moment of great fear,” del Toro said. “Great fear and great division because that’s why fear is used. It’s used to divide us. It’s used to tell us that we’re all different, that we shouldn’t trust each other. These lies make us easier to control and make it easier to hate each other. But, the antidote to that is to come together, to realize that those divisions are complete fantasies.”
Watch del Toro’s speech below.