Guillermo del Toro brought home the “pickled baby” from the “Nightmare Alley” set.
The 57-year-old filmmaker likes to keep memories of his work and among the keepsakes he took after filming his latest film he ‘really needed’ to have the grotesque tot in a jar, which is now on display in his home .
When asked what he took after filming, he told NME.com, “Tarot cards, yeah! But also Pete’s Book and the Pickled Baby. And the lie detector. I bought the Stanton radio myself, and I bought the Stanton bag. But I really needed to go with this baby. It’s in my living room now.”
The acclaimed director has insisted that the look of his films is one of the most important elements, so he spends months on production design before filming begins.
He said: “There’s a very private moment for me on every film where I start working with just one designer. In this case, it was Guy Davis, who is one of my closest collaborators. We start on what we call ‘the submarine’, which takes a few months of very intensive scribbling and design, before we even hire the heads of departments to come and bring it all to life.
“[It takes] probably about nine months, which is a huge amount of time. But I fully believe that the most sacred space of my craft is image and audio design.
“During my 30 year career, I have always shot my films the way I wanted them to look and feel, because in my opinion, 80% of a film is experienced non-verbally, that whether you know it or not. The camera moves, the light, the color…it’s not eye candy, it’s ‘eye protein’. Nothing is done just for decoration.”