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3 Mexicans Sit Down at a Table With an Old White Guy... Charlie Rose interviews Guillermo, Alfonso & Alejandro here!

Hey folks, Harry here - this is the longest embed in AICN history - but it's a fantastic interview that Charlie Rose did with Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - about their three fantastic films: BABEL, CHILDREN OF MEN and PAN'S LABYRINTH. 3 great souls on display with more talent than the rest of us put together. Here ya go...

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  • Dec. 29, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by Jellylover

    I had to do it...sorry

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST

    this day's a dream

    by AllieJamison

    thanks. we're blessed today.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:07 p.m. CST

    cuaron's face when del toro

    by AllieJamison

    cuaron's face when del toro talks about his nightly monster encounters is hilarious.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by T0NEW0LF

    I'm headed to Vegas this weekend for New Years. Anyone know how to bet on the Oscars? Alfonso Cuaron's a LOCK for best director.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST



    Which one is Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese?

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST

    INDY 2008


    Get that story up already guys!

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST



    Actually - I recommended CHRONICAS in my DVD column last year. And there were 3 other reviews on AICN

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I'll be next on that crew.

    by super Cucaracha

    Another Mexican resurrecting Hollywood.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by AllieJamison

    great day: this interview + indyIV (I still can't believe it.) also: alfonso cuaron is pretty handsome too...

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Star Wars Episode III will own your ass!

    by Forestal


  • Dec. 29, 2006, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Didn't even consider the Lucas/Scorcese/Spielberg thing

    by Mr. Met

    I think it's pretty obvious: Inarittu -- Scorcese Cuaron -- Spielberg del Toro -- Lucas

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    I mean this sincerely

    by Barry Egan

    Has Del Toro lost weight?

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Yet another reason to think Cuaron is a God

    by theoneofblood

    He organised this cool get-together. There's such a great dynamic between all three of these guys, I really enjoyed hearing about their collaborations and different approaches to the creative process. Plus, man I'm not gay or nothing, but Cuaron is a pretty handsome guy.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    BIH Saddam

    by Gorrister

    Burn In Hell :)

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST

    That look Cuaron gives Del Toro during his "faun"

    by comedian_x

    story is hilarious.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I hate living in hicksville........

    by Jimmy Jazz

    None of these films are coming within 100 miles of where I live. I can't see any of these until they come out on Netflix. Sucks.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Hell, Del Toro should do Indy 4

    by Christopher3

    I think Spielberg and Lucas have lost their touch.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST


    by pax256 Indy 4 is a go!

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Ah crap...

    by pax256

    you guys beat me to it :P...

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by thatpeterguy

    Well done Harry. This site gets ripped a lot but at the end of the year, no other site provides more entertainment or insight than this one. Keep it up...and keep up the good work while you are at it.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Where's the Saddam thread? Southpark came true.

    by Orionsangels

    "This site is mainly a movie/tv news site, I agree. But we also cover pop culture. AICN is not 100% anything, which is why I enjoy writing here. We get to explore different interests from time to time."

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    with more talent than the rest of us put together?

    by Saluki

    Who are we speaking about here? Because I wouldn't be surprised to see an AICN sometime in the next ten years prove they DO have more talent...

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Arturo Ripstein!

    by Julius Dithers

    Met him once, nice guy, someone said he was the king of Mexican cinema and he cast Salma Hayek in her first starring role. If that's true, God bless you, Mr. Ripstein. That's all I got.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Thanks, This Kicks Ass

    by Saluki

    Just to add, thanks AICN. I heard about this show and how amazing it was, and now I get to see just how well they do all work together. They are even seated correctly, with Alfonso seated in the middle, just as his directorial style proves.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Wow! a great interview, a new Indy, and a dead dictator

    by rivercb

    What a hell of a night! New Year's is early this year.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Viva Steven Spielbergo!

    by Zarles

    When the sweet creeping christ is COM coming out in wide release? It says that it is, but it isn't. If they want it to win an Oscar that fuckin' badly, why are they making it so difficult to see?

  • Dec. 30, 2006, midnight CST

    That was a great intervew

    by Proman1984

    I really enjoyed it. ALSO INDIANA JONES 4 IS HAPPENING!

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Will Saddam get a death thread?

    by Zarles

    Just asking. First person to name a movie that Saddam was in gets twenty bucks. And South Park doesn't count. ;)

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 12:23 a.m. CST


    by Dick Nicely

    Deodorising bowling shoes in The Big Lebowski. And in the dream sequence, tying in with BringingSexyBack's Mel question. Everything is connected!

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 12:57 a.m. CST



    Can you blame me for giving it a try... ^_^

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Cool! Harry actually got my email!

    by Scarbro

    Wow! I mentioned the interview in the Capone-Del Toro talkback then decided to send it to Harry and now it's an official page on AICN! Thanks, Harry! AAAnd before you all start saying it... YES, I am new here.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Prior Walter

    by Scarbro

    That's what they are! They even call themselves Mexicans in the interview! Why is Mexican a bad word? What are you from L.A.? ;)

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:15 a.m. CST

    I saw this when it originally aired

    by BigStar

    and I soon as it was over, I was fucking pissed that I missed Babel in theatres. Being the poor bloke that I am, I thought I'l wait for the dvd. I won't make the same mistake for pan and children. I know it's been said but, not being gay, I have to admit, cuaron is one good looking dude. It really is exciting to see some fellow Mexicans showing the world Mexico produces more than immigrants.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Prior Walter I'd take back what you said...

    by torpor_haze

    you're basically saying that Mexican is a deragatory word, now that's fucked up. It's a frikkin' nationality.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:25 a.m. CST

    I met Alfonso Cuaron!

    by Dick Nicely

    In Glasgow, when he was promoting Y Tu Mama Tambien about five years ago. During the Q&A after the screening, he announced that his next project was set in a dystopian Britain (obviously Harry Potter got in there first). My mate decided this meant V for Vendetta, so he ran out, bought the comic book, ran back to the cinema and handed it to Cuaron. Who told him he wasn't actually working on V for Vendetta, but thanks anyway you crazy Scottish nerd. Personally I was just embarrassed to be seen with an exhausted guy sweating on a new comic book, but Cuaron was cool. And I'm not gay either, but yes, he's an attractive fella.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Torpor_Haze is right

    by Scarbro

    Exactly, Mexican is a nationality and therefore there is nothing wrong with it... unless all you do is watch old westerns and Fox News.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:33 a.m. CST

    regarding these three Mexicans


    That is their nationality, they're very proud to be from Mexico - and they miss their country... and make films from a spiritual and tonal connection to Mexico. And I happen to be very good friends with one of the three.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:39 a.m. CST

    And in defence of Prior Walter

    by Dick Nicely

    Isn't he quoting The Office? You know, being ironic? Apologies if I'm wrong and he's a prick.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Is Del Toro legit?

    by Poetic_Poster

    I don't know much about the alleged genius Del Toro / Although he looks like he can put down the pomodoro / But even after eight plates of pasta I couldn't deploy / A bigger piece of crap than his Hellboy.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see...

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    ...these three Mexicans being honored at this years Academy Awards. All three of these movies look flat-out amazing. I'd like to watch all three back-to-back.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Out of the three films Pans is the best in my opinion

    by andrew coleman

    Children of Men is good but it had flaws. Babel for me failed because that style of film making is frankly already getting old. Del Toro is the man tho minus his bumps in the road movie wise.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Viva México, cabrones!

    by CuervoJones

    I´m a spaniard, but hey, i love México and those three great directores

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 2:56 a.m. CST

    these guys just seem like a lot of fun

    by oisin5199

    like I'd love to sit down and have a drink with them and talk film, literature, magic, dreams, etc. I'm seeing Pan tomorrow. And by the way, it's a professional dream of mine to be interviewed by Charlie Rose. I always enjoy his interviews.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Guillermo quotes Kierkagaard

    by oisin5199

    "the tyrant's reign ends when he dies and the martyr's begins" or something like that. It's in reference to Pan's Labyrinth, but wow - could it be more timely with Saddam's execution?

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 4:13 a.m. CST

    "Children of Men" -- Best Film of the Decade

    by heywood jablomie

    Please support this challenging, harrowing, sublimely directed masterpiece. It needs all the friends it can get.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 5:30 a.m. CST

    You people didn´t say a word about Pinochet´s dead

    by CuervoJones

    Anyway, these director´s movies don´t support hate.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 5:50 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Who gives a monkey about mexicans now?

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 5:51 a.m. CST

    heywood jablomie

    by kwisatzhaderach

    children of men is a very good film but it ain't the best film of the decade!

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Wow, just wow.

    by DirkD13"

    What an interview, and all we get is fucking Johnathan Woss! I also hope that another classic Indy 4 title TB occurs. My personal faves last time were Indiana Jones and the Skid Mark Map, and Indiana Jones and the Fart of Dust.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    This post made my day

    by Evil Hobbit

    Great interview, highly enjoyable. Hope they sweep all the awards. Specially Cuaron and Del Toro. Those films just blew me away a little bit more then Babel. Three great and original films, no matter how good the Departed was crafted it's still a remake and far less original then Pan's, Children or Babel.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Charlie Rose

    by MachinaMan

    has this really irritating tendency to talk way too much when he interviews people. The interview with Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was no exception. Hell, all you had to do was sit these three guys in a room together and you would have your show. I am exaggerating, of course, though not by much. Some people need an interviewer to probe, to prod, to get them to talk; though it seems obvious that that isn't the case with Guillermo, Alfonso and Alejandro. Sometimes less is more. Charlie Rose should have stfu, and let them go back and forth. Sometimes I get the feeling that Charlie Rose knows relatively little about the people he interviews. As a result, while he tends to be well-researched, his interviews come off very forced, as if he were instead doing the labors of Hercules or something.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by Scarbro

    I disagree with you on the Charlie Rose points... I think he's the best interviewer out there and if he does seem to talk too much it's because his interviews are conversations which is what makes them so great. The worst interviewer is Oprah cuz she's ALWAYS cutting the guests off just when they're about to say something important. Oisin5199, it's a professional dream of mine too! It would be so cool to sit down at that round oak table to converse with The Rose himself!

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Thoughts on the interview

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    First Charlie Rose is a GREAT interviewer, especially with filmmakers. I've seen two of his interviews with QT and they were both excellent as well. I sometimes wish he ONLY had filmmakers on his program because he does such engaging interviews with them. Even the placement of the three directors (with Cuaron in the middle) was appropriate! Second, is it me or has Guillermo lost a TON of weight? He's lookin good! I also enjoyed listening to him talk the most out of the three...he has such a wonderfully unique way of telling stories, I smiled every time he spoke. I especially loved his description of his movies as "parables," so true. Unlike some talkbackers, I can't choose between these guys, I love all of their work equally. I recently read something Robert Altman said about how he rarely associated with the other 1970's directors (Scorsese, Coppola, etc.) and I couldn't understand that. Its wonderful that there are some filmmakers out there who aren't afraid to exchange ideas with other gifted individuals. I thank Harry for giving us the chance to see this great interview. I didn't even know it took place but it is truly essential for fans of these guys (and I don't know why anyone WOULDN'T be fans of them). I also found it so touching when Cuaron described the joy he felt at seeing Del Toro honored at can just see the joy in Guillermo's eyes. What a good guy...and what a great friendship these three talented people have. Thanks again for sharing this.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter 3

    by stackpointer

    So, HP3's budget was over 200 million. Wow. Now I believe the rumour that according to Mike Newell HP4's budget was 300 mill.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Potter Budget

    by Zarles

    When a movie routinely makes over a billion worldwide, what's 2 or 3 hundred million? And that's just box office. HP is a walking, talking ATM machine at this point. Bring on Gilliam for Half-Blood Prince!

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Children of Men

    by Ghost_Wheel

    I saw this last night, and I'm still thinking about it. It is a very powerful film, and it did not disappoint one iota in its delivery. Do yourself a favor - see this film.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    screw gilliam

    by Evil Hobbit

    Just bring back Alfonso. I mean, all respect for Gilliam, but just look at that little moments shown in this interview from Potter 3. It's magic. The constant movement of the camera, the way the scene is lit, the subtle and powerfull performance of the characters and the build up to the dementor and patronus charm; it's Potter magic. I love the way Potter was shot. All the scenes with Lupin are so beautifull. I remember the one where they walk on the edge of the forest, near the lake, just talking. Or the scene on the bridge where the story tells about how Lupin knew Harry's mom. Hogwarts realy became a magical place in the film. It became the place of the books. A strong element that wasn't present in the other films was the one of the castle itself. In 3 the castle realy felt ancient, breathing magical teachings from centuries ago. It's something that didn't came across in the other films. If only the scripts wheren't so rushed the storyline itself could be done justice. So Warner, give Alfonso that 3 and half hour Potter script and let him make the next installments please.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    They need to do a movie together NOW!

    by MrFloppy


  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Gaaaawwwwwwwwd Daaaamn

    by Pipple

    Only In America

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Potter budget

    by stackpointer

    My question is: why IMDb or BOM say that the films cost "only" 130 or 150 mills when the real budget is twice that much?

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    indi...... errrr ...charlie rose is a good one

    by AllieJamison

    I agree with JimmyLoneWolf. Charlie Rose is a good guy. Thanks for this interview (EVEN THOUGH THE SITE SEEMS TO BE RESISTENT OF ANY FUCKING GODDAMN BREAKING (my nervoussystem)INDY IV NEWS). I've always admired artists who work together rather than only compete. Especially as I imagine it to be pretty hard to switch off your envy and forget the fear to be ripped off your idea. These three are really amazing. On chud there was some little thing concerning the idea of them (or del toro?) to do three films featuring three different points of views on a kidnapping (think of del toros own experiences with it).

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Terry Fucking Gilliam

    by palimpsest

    Just watched Time Bandits again on TV in the UK this afternoon. Glory be. Give him a workable budget and a decent co-writer (that means that you, Ehren Kruger, can fuck right off) and he'll give you dreams. So sign the mad lad up for HP6 now. Failing that, Del Toro would very do nicely indeed. If, after Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, he hasn't more or less copyrighted intelligent fantastic fiction with an adolescent lead, my nom-de-talkbackery isn't Palimpsest. Which it is.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 3:39 p.m. CST

    que bueno!

    by drakeavenue

    Great interview... what a bunch of classy guys. I liked what Alejandro had to say about his DP Rodrigo Prieto being the 'painter' of his films. Funny how the running joke throughout the interview was how Alejandro is the most handsome, when Alfonso clearly is. Hell, he's hot!

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    That was great

    by conniebrean1

    Charlie Rose is usually pretty self impressed, at least that's what I always thought. But this was a really good interview where he just gave them a topic and let them run with it. Really interesting. And both Babel and Children of Men are pretty good films. Here's hoping Pan's holds up.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Pan's Labyrinth holds up, very high.

    by Enter4None

    Opened today, a long ago in other countries, but indeed this one is Guillermo Del Toro at his finest, I take my hat to him.<p>...

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Robert Rodiguez blows these guys away!

    by Orionsangels

    With his leaf blower.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Glad to see I am not the only pinche Mexicano reading

    by pelos_locos

    this TBs. Anyways, I haven't seen any of these movies. I live in a border town with Mexico and found out too late that Pan's Labyrinth was already playing there. So I waited for it to come out on the 29th, but guess what, it didn't in my town (there are 4 movie theaters here). I looked it up in San Diego (2 hours away) and nothing either, so I thought "Que la chingada?". Guillermo is one of my favorite directors right now and is people like these guys that make me feel proud of being who I am.

  • Dec. 31, 2006, 4:49 a.m. CST

    How about a Korean roundtable?

    by quentintarantado

    This time with Chanwook Park (Oldboy), Kim Kiduk (9 Iron) and Bong Joon-ho (The Host)? I'd like to hear them speak. They probably don't have the camaraderie of these 3 guys which is a pretty unusual relationship for moviemaking.

  • Dec. 31, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    So good I've watched it twice.

    by DirkD13"

    Children of Men is stunningly awesome, but still waiting on Babel and Pans. Alfonso is a handsome dude for sure, Guillermo has definitely lost allot of weight though, just look at his face!! Harry, I've never insulted you for your size, but I hope you get on whatever program Guillermo is on dude, I'd like to see you around for a long while yet. Happy new year all, stay safe and watch films!!