Director Guillermo del Toro and part of the cast of Pacific Rim visited Mexico City on July 1 for a press conference and the world premiere of the film. For unknown reasons Idris Elba didn't make the trip, but everything else went as planned. Del Toro, Kikuchi Rinko, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman gave a fun 1-hour conference, with del Toro being questioned much more than the rest, hence stealing the show. Actually, the actors barely spoke: Perlman, for example, didn't say anything during the first half-hour but "I can't remember the question."
Del Toro's showmanship in his home country was terrific. He discussed such varying subjects as Japanese pop culture, childhood memories and Pacific Rim stories dealing with James Cameron and David Cronenberg. Visibly happy, he constantly joked with the Mexican press and even made fun of Kikuchi ("doesn't she looks like Princess Comet?"). Here's an excerpt of the conference with del Toro on the 3D version of Pacific Rim:
"For action, adventure and genre cinema, I'm now a converted fan of 3D. I asked the studio (Legendary Pictures) for the complete control of the 3D. I asked them for 40 weeks or so to get the 3D conversion, it usually takes just 8 to 12 weeks, and they agreed. As I'm a complete control freak, we achieved a 3D conversion that I think people will be very happy with it. It's now my favorite format for the vision of this movie, but I don't think 3D is for every film. If you can watch Pacific Rim in 3D, make sure to watch it that way."
During the world premiere of the film, celebrated at a Mexico City Cinemark, del Toro and his cast were incredibly kind to the fans, giving many autographs and taking pictures with them.
Pacific Rim opens in the US, Mexico and many other countries on Friday, July 12. Meanwhile, look below for a gallery of photos with the most memorable quotes from the conference in Mexico City. There's plenty from del Toro!
Charlie Day (Dr. Newton Geiszler):
“For me I think it was just a matter of always asking Guillermo (del Toro) whether he wanted me to be funnier or more serious, and often times we sort-of landed somewhere in the middle. He was pushing me to be serious yet everyone says I’m so funny in the movie so I guess I couldn’t be serious no matter if I tried.”
“I don’t think Guillermo makes movies to sleep with super models and buy expensive cars. He truly cares about making as beautiful as interesting as artistic as special a movie as he can make.”
(photo by Claudia Aguilar)