Director's Nickname From Pacific Rim Set Inspires 'Guillermo del Totoro' Art
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Guillermo del Toro is known for directing films such as Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. However, his social media presence also endears him to fans.
News recently spread on Twitter that young Japanese actor Mana Ashida, who played young Mako in Pacific Rim, could not pronounce del Toro's name. Therefore, she asked to call him "Totoro-san" in reference to Studio Ghibli's film My Neighbor Totoro. At first, the anecdote sounded like nothing more than a rumor or Hollywood legend. However, del Toro confirmed on Twitter last Tuesday that the story is true.
The confirmation delighted Twitter users, inspiring them to post "Guillermo del Totoro" artwork.
You have heard of Totoro and of Guillermo del Toro, I present to you Guillermo El Totoro. One day I will do a watercolor rendition of this. pic.twitter.com/Rb10DrC7Qo— Enrique Robles (@DraftDesigner) August 23, 2017
No sé quién lo hizo, pero muero de ternura. pic.twitter.com/6p2JZMC4i5— Eduardo Marin (@Ed_Marin) August 23, 2017
The director seems to be embracing his nickname and has retweeted some of the fan responses to the story. Given that the director bears some resemblance to the forest creature, del Toro's alternate persona is likely to continue creating a buzz for some time.
Del Toro is not directing the Pacific Rim: Uprising sequel film due to timing and his work on The Shape of Water, which will open on December 8.