Guillermo del Toro didn’t hold back while answering Buzzfeed’s questions about his career in “Guillermo del Toro Reveals His 5 Biggest Tips For Making A Movie”.
5. Don’t worry about selling out. Worry about buying in.
I was [happy that I didn’t win an Oscar for Pan’s Labyrinth]. Pan’s Labyrinth was becoming such a landmark for me, and I wanted a little bit of freedom. I said, ‘If it wins, it’s going to become the thing I have to keep trying to do again.’ And I really was relieved. It’s a perfect metaphor. At the end of the night, I said to my wife, ‘My shoes are too tight. My feet hurt.’ And the great relief of that night was removing my shoes and walking in my socks to the car. So in a way, winning can become a shoe that’s too tight and you may not want it.
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the link.]