“I don’t wanna say names”: Guillermo del Toro Explains Why He Calls Himself Unemployed Despite 3 Oscar Wins

Guillermo del Toro discusses the reasons behind him calling himself unemployed and explains his work as a director

Guillermo del Toro Explains Why He Calls Himself Unemployed Despite 3 Oscar Wins


  • Guillermo del Toro Is a fascinating director who has won several accolades for his work
  • del Toro said that he directs a movie every five years and remains unemployed between these periods
  • He explains that he has to pitch his projects to studios, which can be a long and troublesome process
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Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker known for his dark fantasy and gothic films but the director recently shared why he calls himself jobless every time he is not working on a movie or any other project. Although he is a very distinguished and established celebrity in the Hollywood industry, everyone has their ups and downs.


Guillermo del Toro and his films have been praised for their visual imagination, emotional resonance, and complex characters. He has also won a tonne of awards for his work, including the Academy Award. He has also directed some of the most fan-favorite movies in Hollywood such as Blade II, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and many others.

Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro Claims to be Unemployed for Most of the Time

Guillermo Del Toro said that he calls himself unemployed since he is continuously between ventures. He said that it isn’t like he has a steady job where he goes to work each day. Instead, he must pitch his projects to studios, which can be a long and troublesome process. Even after he has wrapped up a motion picture, it can take a long time for him to start his next project.

During an interview with Collider, del Toro said:

“There’s five years where I didn’t work. Five years where I didn’t direct. Cronos to Mimic is five years, Mimic to Devil’s Backbone, five years. Five years. Every time between movies, they think I’m joking when I say I’m unemployed, but you basically are, as a director. And every movie you go out with you should always consider because it could be your last movie.”

Del Toro included that he directs one movie every five years and he potentially remains unemployed between these periods. He included that he isn’t a studio filmmaker and he does not make movies that are signified to be hits. Rather he makes movies that are individual to him, which can be rather difficult to offer to studios.

Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro

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His remarks serve as a reminder that even the most accomplished filmmakers also face obstacles in bringing their ideas to life. Additionally, it serves as a reminder that the industry is a business and that studios are more motivated to produce films that are commercially successful than those that are innovative or intellectually stimulating. 

Guillermo Del Toro Names James Cameron as His Best Friend

Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron are two of the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers working today. They are also close friends, and del Toro has named Cameron as his best friend on several occasions. Guillermo del Toro continued during his interview with Collider,


“One of my best friends in life, more than 30 years of friendship, is Jim Cameron. I have seen Jim, as a friend, every time, have so much to overcome in making the next movie. Not only technically and all that that everybody knows, but just pushing it through because he’s always trying things that haven’t been done.

I don’t wanna say names, but if you wanna do something that is super safe, well, I don’t know. I’ve always done the movie that nobody else is doing, that sound crazy on paper. You pitch them and people validate your parking ticket and send you on your way.”

Cameron’s commitment to his art and his willingness to take chances are demonstrated by del Toro’s remarks. Cameron is famed for creating aesthetically spectacular and technologically cutting-edge movies. He is also known for pushing the boundaries of what is possible in cinema.

James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro
James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro

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Over the years, Cameron and del Toro have worked together on some projects. And since del Toro and Cameron are two of the most well-known directors currently working, their friendship serves as an example for many filmmakers nowadays.

Rajdeep Majumder

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