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Guillermo Del Toro Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame: "I'm Mexican And I Am An Immigant"

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Guillermo Del Toro Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame: "I'm Mexican And I Am An Immigant"

The Oscar-winning director dedicated his star to "all immigrants."

"Do not believe the lies they tell about us. Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference."

August 6th has been officially declared "Guillermo del Toro Day" in Hollywood, honoring the unveiling of the Oscar-winning Mexican director's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Jalisco-born filmmaker held the Mexican flag as he knelt beside his star to pose for pictures, kissing it and spreading it wide. 

"I am a Mexican and I'm an immigrant," said Del Toro proudly in his acceptance speech, dedicating his star to his patria and to "all immigrants."

"Right now, we are in a moment of great fear...and great division," Del Toro said to the crowd and cameras.

"That’s why fear is used. It’s used to divide us. It’s used to tell us that we’re all different, that we shouldn’t trust each other. These lies make us easier to control and make it easier to hate each other. But, the antidote to that is to come together, to realize that those divisions are complete fantasies."

"Do not believe the lies they tell about us. Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference."

Del Toro, is one the Hollywood's most revered filmmakers, the mastermind behind some of the creepiest, most fantastical and visually stunning films of our time: Pan's Labyrinth, The Orphanage, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, The Hobbit trilogy, Crimson Peak, and Shape of Water, for which he won Best Picture and Best Director at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Star Wars director JJ Abrams' spoke at the unveiling ceremony, praising his "slightly older Mexican brother" as a "mind-bendingly brilliant creator...a man who celebrates otherness and tells stories of unlikely unusual heroes with hearts almost as large as his own."

Del Toro has proven the truth of Abrams' words time and again, not just in his films, but in his generosity, recently flying a team of young Mexican mathletes to the Math Olympiad in South Africa.

"His creations are often wild and twisted and sometimes terrifying," said Abrams', "but this man I love — my only slightly older Mexican brother — this genius I admire, is one of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet. I love you."

Fans agree - "el maestro" is an inspiration.

 

 

 

Right on, Memo. Keep making us proud.

Del Toro's newest project, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, is out in theaters now. Watch his full acceptance speech below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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