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Cafecito: Guillermo del Toro On How To Thrive In Hollywood

The award-winning director spoke of the challenges he faced when he first arrived from Mexico and his strong support for Latinos on and off the screen.

Guillermo del Toro, one of Hollywood's most talented and prolific directors and producers, spoke to Cafecito host Feliciano Garcia on the challenges he faced when he first arrived in Hollywood from Mexico in the 1990s.

"When I came it it was more difficult to make the community understand that Latin talent didn't have to be ghettoized and marginalized into exclusively Latino projects," said del Toro. He said that as years have gone by and with directors like Alfonso Cuaron and Robert Rodriguez behind the cameras and with others in front of the cameras, "I think we have earned the right to be taken seriously on every endeavor we want to take."

The acclaimed filmmaker explained why it’s important for him to include Latinos as actors and behind the scenes in his projects. Known for creative films like ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘Hellboy,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ and ‘Book of Life,’ Del Toro reflected on winning the 2014 NCLR ALMA Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence at the ALMA Awards and offered his advice for young people who are breaking into the industry. For more information on Del Toro and his upcoming projects visit his website, and follow us on Twitter: @CafecitoTime


Producer/Host: Feliciano Garcia

Video Editor: Michael Tomczyk

Director of Photography: Brian Caraveo

Camera: Michelle Huete-Sardaryzadeh

Music: RoYal Z for Humbled Soul Productions

Special Thanks to the NLCR ALMA Awards