Make sure you watch both of these.
I was one of maybe 20 or so lucky people that got to go through the Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters exhibit at the Minneapolis Art Institute with the man himself. I'm so fucking honored to have had this experience.
He was genuine, funny, vulger, passionate, friendly, intelligent, and fascinating. He talked about seeing his first corpse in the gutter as a four year old and how he learned to be a special effects artist in order to finish his first film, after studying with Dick Smith (hnnng I know.) Hearing him discuss the reasons behind why these specific works were in his collection was music to my ears.
This is no arbitrary collection of art, this is a mans soul materialized.
I have only met a handful of people that I have connected with on this level so far in my life. It was reassuring to know that I can still be ookey AND kooky and still be successful doing it my own way.
I got to listen to Guillermo discuss the reasons behind what made the original Jack Pierce's Frankenstein's monster so terrifying when it was first released. Nothing had shocked audiences as much at this period in history. This giant Frankenstein piece was intended to envoke the same level of morbid curiosity the original film had for arose for silver screen audiences.
I feel like I got a really unique perspective of the exhibit. I really need to go see it a few more times before it leaves.
All in all, brilliant, friendly guy. When I met him I wish I could've thought of something better to say than, "Thanks for everything." But I'm glad I got the opportunity to shake the man's hand that has given me so many uneasy feelings throughout the years.
@realgdt You the real mvp.
Thanks, for everything!
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