Guillermo del Toro talks about post-Oscar pressure, Bradley Cooper and the beauty of Buffalo

Guillermo del Toro was the heartthrob of the ball at the 2018 Academy Awards, with his widely adored fantasy romance The Shape of Water and won four Oscars, including the night’s two top awards: Best Picture and Best Director.

For his next act, del Toro goes decidedly darker, adapting William Lindsay Gresham’s Nightmare Alley, a black thriller starring Bradley Cooper as a carny mentalist who makes his way into 1940s high society Buffalo, NY The set Star-studded also includes Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Richard Jenkins, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, David Strathairn and longtime Del Toro contributor Ron Perlman.

In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment (see above), the acclaimed Mexican says that his triumph at the Oscars did not mean that there would be additional pressure to try to follow him.

“Quite the opposite,” he tells us. “I said, ‘I’m going to try something different, instead of trying to repeat things. When you do that, you lose expectation. You say, ‘I’m going to do this, let’s see how it goes.’ Noir is not a genre in vogue, but I felt like it was going to be cinematic, great and a show, which I welcome on the big screen… so hopefully we choose the right thing for the audience and we choose the right thing for the story. The rest is such a confluence of dominoes that it cannot be anticipated «.

Bradley Cooper en Nightmare Alley. (Foto: Colección Fox Searchlight / Everett)

del Toro is one of the few Hollywood filmmakers who can probably attract almost any actor to his fold. Case in point: When Leonardo DiCaprio left Nightmare Alley, he was quickly replaced by Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper, A Star Is Born), a four-time Oscar nominee as an actor (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper , A Star Is Born), who also directed A Star Is Born.

“This guy is a tremendous actor, on a par with anyone you want to work with,” says del Toro. “And at the same time, this is an incredibly smart contributor. A really cool guy to everyone, a really good human being.

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Creating another film with a visually stunning production design, del Toro returns to Buffalo for the second time after another period piece, 2015’s Crimson Peak. Although unlike Crimson Peak, del Toro was able to film on location in the historic Second City. largest in New York.

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“First of all, life in Buffalo is fantastic in terms of the cultural scene. The food scene is fantastic. Two things that are very important to me, ”says del Toro. “You cannot find a better film office in the world. And it is basically a sample of all the styles of architecture of the 20th century. You want to set it to the 1900s, even the 1800s … [art] deco. You want classic 1940’s architecture. You get everything. It’s easy to take a vintage photo there.

Nightmare Alley is currently playing.

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– Video produced by Jen Kucsak and edited by Steve Michel

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Guillermo del Toro talks about post-Oscar pressure, Bradley Cooper and the beauty of Buffalo