Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro filled the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Latin pride on Tuesday unveiling the star with his name and claiming his immigration status at a time of "great fear and division."
Singer Lana del Rey and film director J.J. Abrams accompanied Del Toro in a ceremony that became a tribute to the talent of the "rare" and the dreams of immigrants seeking a better future.
"They must know one thing, I am an immigrant," said the Oscar-winning director before an audience that waved Mexican flags and chanted several times "Long live Mexico!" and "Long live Guillermo!"
"As a Mexican, receiving this star is a gesture and no gesture right now can be banal or simple. It is very important that it is happening right now," said the filmmaker.
Del Toro asked between applause "not to be afraid" because it is something that generates "division" by pointing to others as "different people who do not trust" and give more power to "those who want hate."
The words Del Toro came just a few days after 22 people were killed, eight of them Mexican, in El Paso (Texas, USA) in a massacre committed last Saturday by a white supremacist who stormed a center commercial.
In his exciting speech, the director recalled his arrival in the United States: "We bought the cheapest food and we looked for the least expensive entertainment, which was to walk the streets."
He also encouraged everyone, especially immigrants, "to believe in their possibilities and to be able to make a difference."
"They should also know that I am weird. We have to be weird, go deep inside of us. If we are natural and honest with our souls, we deserve to be who we really are," Del Toro said excitedly.
During the ceremony, the honoree squandered joy and moved several times from his designated place to give long hugs to fellow professionals and friends who accompanied him in the tribute.
At one point, Del Toro approached a shop window to greet several fans who heard his words from there.
Also spontaneously, Lana del Rey picked up a Mexican flag from the audience and handed it to the filmmaker to pose with her next to her newly released star.
"You create images and stories with your music in an intelligent way, as nobody does," the filmmaker told the singer, who has always declared himself a fan and with whom he has collaborated on "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," a tape that Del Toro has produced and that features Del Rey in its soundtrack.
The singer returned the words of admiration to Del Toro: "In a culture of uniformity, he is completely himself. And that is the best lesson I learned from his stories."
But the wave of honors to the figure of Del Toro did not stop. For his part, the film director J.J. Abrams highlighted the creativity of Del Toro and his humanity.
"It's one of the brightest and most creative minds in the entertainment industry, but also one of their best hearts," said the director of the latest Star Wars trilogy.
"Del Toro is one of the best human beings one can know," he said. "I love you, congratulated you and admire you."
Considered one of the most prestigious directors of contemporary cinema, Del Toro has two Óscar with his name: best film and best direction for "The Shape of Water" (2017).
His filmography also includes films such as "The Labyrinth of the Faun" (winner in 2007 of the Oscar for best photography, best makeup and best art direction), "Blade II" (2002), "Hellboy" (2004) or "Pacific Rim "(2013).
Together with Alejandro González-Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, with whom the group known colloquially as "Los tres amigos" forms, Del Toro has been one of the great responsible for the enormous success of Mexican directors worldwide.
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