Mr. Del Toro made the comments while discussing his new Cold War-era romantic fantasy film “The Shape of Water,” which hearkens back to the 1960s, when it “was a great time to be alive” for white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants, but few others, the director said.
“It’s like a cancer. We have a tumor now. That doesn’t mean the cancer started with that tumor. It was gestating for so long,” he told a Toronto International Film Festival press conference, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Mr. Del Toro said America is facing the same problems today that it did during the Cold War.
“The idea of the movie is to say, 1962 is the time that Americans go back in their imagination, when they say let’s ‘Make America Great Again,’ ” he told journalists.
“The pendulum swung back 30 years in the last year and a half. It’s very, very troublesome that so many horrible things can be manifest,” he said.
“I’ve seen, for most people, this thing started two years ago. But if you’re Mexican, and you crossed the border, they never really went away. They’ve been latent all this time,” he said.
“The Shape of Water,” which stars Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins, is set to be released Dec. 8 by Fox Searchlight, THR reported. It won the Golden Lion award for best film at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.
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