Guillermo del Toro: ‘I could tweet 20 times a day – I’m very careful not to’

The director has a new novel out, an animation series on Netflix and two films in the pipeline – and still had time to watch three films a day in lockdownA specialist in fantasy and the supernatural, Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara in 1964.

He worked as a special effects makeup designer, before making his directing debut with 1993 vampire story Cronos.

He went on to make two highly acclaimed supernatural films in Spain – ghost story The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, which sets a fantasy mythology against the background of the Franco dictatorship.

His work in Hollywood includes two Hellboy films, Japanese-themed robots-v-monsters epic Pacific Rim and gothic drama Crimson Peak.

The Shape of Water (2017), a love story about a woman and an amphibian being, won multiple awards including Oscars for best picture and best director, and the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival.He is

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