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Guillermo del Toro talks up the epic scale of Pacific Rim

06.07.2012by: Andy Madrzak

Guillermo del Toro has been talkative lately, first offering us a glimpse into some of his numerous upcoming projects and now dropping some hints as to the highly anticipated giant monster flick PACIFIC RIM. Here's what del Toro told Total Film...

...about the scale of the production:

"When we’re talking about the physicality of the fight, we ended up building several blocks of Hong Kong. And literally demolished them. We built a building and then we took down the buildings.

We built command centres of the robots that were the size of the house. We started them on hydraulic rigs that shoot and elevated them and moved them round so you could really get a sense of the physical nature driving a robot like this."

...about casting Charile Hunnam:

"The funny thing is Charlie was one of my only two choices for the prince of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I met with him. He screen tested. I loved Charlie before Sons Of Anarchy. He always brought a certain honesty. He’s the kind of guy that women will love who guys won’t hate.

He’s the right side of honest and good looking that you don’t want to punch him in the face. You want to have a pint with the guy. You want to take him to the pub. There’s male bonding energy with this guy that I thought was perfect for the character."

It's great to hear that the director tries to keep the FX as practical as possible, especially considering the impressive scale of the film. I'm looking forward to seeing the final product when PACIFIC RIM hits theaters on July 12, 2013, starring Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi (below), Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins and Rob Kazinsky.

Extra Tidbit: PACIFIC RIM looks to be the biggest film del Toro's ever done. Who's looking forward to the monster mayhem?
Source: Total Film

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