Wednesday 22 October 2014

Del Toro: Perlman has comic streak

Published 02/08/2014 | 07:00

Guillermo del Toro produced The Book Of Life, which stars the voices of Ron Perlman, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana

Guillermo del Toro has revealed that his new film, The Book Of Life, shows off Ron Perlman's comedic streak.

The Mexican filmmaker reunites with the 64-year-old actor for their sixth collaboration in the feature-length animation, following their previous work on Hellboy, Pacific Rim and Cronos.

"I know what a lot of people forget about Ron sometimes, is that he's great at comedy," the director said as he promoted the film at San Diego's Comic-Con.

"In this movie, we decided we didn't want to make a movie with a villain. Let's make a movie with conflict but you (the audience) love everybody, and Ron is a lovely antagonist. We can hear his dulcet tones, his Barry White baritone."

The 3D computer-animated film, directed by fellow Mexican Jorge Gutierrez, stars Diego Luna, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana. Diego voices Manolo, a young man torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.

"It's a huge adventure... This story takes you through several lands, different environments and each one is more gorgeous than the next," Guillermo continued.

"Jorge and I partnered to create a world that he and I have in common. We didn't want to render a folkloric movie but a movie that felt modern and alive yet deeply rooted in tradition. We knew we were going to handcraft it so it felt alive and beautiful."

Ron said watching the two Mexican filmmakers working together was inspiring.

"Watching Jorge execute this world that is as original as anything I've ever been involved in, and understanding the unique point of view of Mexican heart and mind when it comes together, fully and beautifully, like it did with both those gentlemen, is almost like being twice blessed for me," he said.

The Book Of Life opens in US cinemas in October.

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