Monday, July 14, 2008

Guillermo Del Toro

Wow..Me, my fiance Laurie and my friends just had an incredible movie experience last Friday. We all were gathering to see Hellboy II: The Golden Army at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks, and discovered that we had lost our reserved seats to someone else! While initially upset, the employees informed us that the filmaker himself Guillermo Del Toro wanted to see the movie and then have a Q And A afterward. This was a completely unplanned event, and I guess Universal wanted to accomodate him. We had awesome seats, as we bought these tix way in advance. The theater offered to seat us separately and for free , so we accepted. Who are we to turn down the Director of this movie? We then went over to the Arclight restaurant to have a bite to eat, and the Universal staff comes up to us with bags full Hellboy swag to apologize for putting us out of our seats which included a beautiful poster drawn by Mike Mignola autographed by Guillermo, Doug "Abe Sapien" Jones, and Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman! A little later ,who gets sat down in the next booth but Guillermo Del Toro himself and his wife! We all went up to him before showtime to say hello and to tell him that it was us that he took the seats from, and told us that he actually doesn't stay for screenings because he get too nervous! The Universal guys told him right then that the seats were actually for the effects guys from Spectral Motiion who did all of the unbelievable creatures in the film. Guillermo then introduced the movie and had a Q and A afterwards which, if you've ever been to an after screening Q and A with him, is an inspiring experience. All in all, it was an amazing night, none of which was planned at all, but turned out to be one truly fun movie night. Gracias, Guillermo!