Top Quotes From The PACIFIC RIM World Premiere

Contributor; Mexico City, Mexico (@EricOrtizG)
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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)

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Art VandelayJuly 3, 2013 11:13 PM

I watched an interview and Rinko says that during the scenes when she was piloting the Jaeger (in the cockpit), it was so vigourous that Guillermo would sing the "My Neighbour Totoro" theme in Japanese to lighten the mood. LOL

CobuiJuly 4, 2013 11:19 AM

"...a converted fan of 3D."

RomualdoJuly 4, 2013 8:50 PM

Just a rip-off of Evangelion...

Nik.CJuly 4, 2013 11:57 PM

How is it an Evangelion rip-off? If you bothered to look, there's a whole genre of this type of " Mecha" in Japan, same with the "Kaiju" monsters, it's more an homage if anything to the much loved movies of his youth.
Just like Westerns are a genre, you don't accuse each Western of ripping off another one, they share similar tropes, ironically, several were influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa ( Magnificent 7, Fistful of Dollars) likewise, Kurosawa was influenced by John Ford heavily.

It's easy to throw around lazy accusations, ... The Matrix, is a Neromancer ( William Gibson ) rip-off.

dx_xbJuly 5, 2013 8:36 AM

Pretty fine line between homage and cliche though. I find myself cringing every time I watch the trailers....I suppose I should reserve comment until seeing the entire thing. Maybe a few months later when the hype has faded

RomualdoJuly 7, 2013 12:18 PM

Did you know what is Evangelion? I don't think so. Because if you know it, you wouldn't be asking me why It's a rip-off.

Daniel P.July 8, 2013 11:26 PM

Romualdo,get over yourself...
If you don't understand what Nik.C is trying to say, you are REALLY glib.
This film is Guillermo del Toro's homage to Mecha/Kaiju films popular in Japan for decades which by the way inspired Evangelion.
elitist attitude regarding this genre, is the reason I give Guillermo
kudos for creating a film that will introduce this genre to a wider film
audience not yet familiar with it.

Including Evangelion...

If you are going to dismiss something,at least explain why.

a21schizoidmanJuly 13, 2013 1:01 AM

Which was a rip-off of Battletech, which was a rip-off of Gigantor, etc. etc. etc.

dude you highJuly 23, 2013 9:06 AM

might as well mention that evangelion is a ripoff of gundam