Oscar winner and fan favorite writer/director Guillermo del Toro (known as a super fan of monsters, horror, and Disney’s Haunted Mansion) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, and, true to his nature, took the opportunity to promote one of the trail blazers of make-up design, Universal Studios’ Jack Pierce.
In his acceptance speech, del Toro recalled visiting the Walk of Fame as a boy in the 1970s, and looking for the stars for “…Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Alfred Hitchcock, you know, and one that I didn’t find and I will make the point to nominate and finance myself is Jack Pierce because he was one of the greatest make-up men and creators in our genre and he has never been honored with one.”
Pierce was the man responsible for the world-famous Universal Studios’ Frankenstein design as well as the look for The Mummy and The Wolf Man.
del Toro also took time to discuss his heritage and the importance of the honor to him “As a Mexican, receiving this star is a gesture and no gesture right now can be banal or simple. This is very important this is happening right now because I can tell to all of you, all immigrants from every nation, that you should believe in the possibilities and not the obstacles. Do not believe the lies they tell about us. Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference and we all have stories to tell and we all can contribute to the art and the craft and the world in any way we see fit.”
del Toro was inducted into the Walk of Fame by singer Lana Del Rey (who performs a cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” for his upcoming production of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) and fellow filmmaker J.J. Abrams.
Check out the official video of the presentation below and stay tuned for further updates regarding del Toro’s efforts to honor Pierce with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.