Guillermo del Toro is undoubtedly, unequivocally the king of the nerds, and Comic-Con is his palace.
Yes, the kid from Guadalajara that made Hollywood his fiefdom is back in the public eye and seemingly more active than ever. And if you thought last year’s big — nay, HUGE — budget sci-fi monster opera, Pacific Rim, was going to slow him down, think again. With a new creepy vampire series that premiered on FX just two weeks ago (The Strain), two feature projects well into the development phase (Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim 2) and another being written (Justice League Dark) while The Book of Life, which he produced, is on its way to theaters, it seems del Toro may actually be a fantasy creature endowed with superhuman abilities after all.
Just yesterday his majesty held court at the infamous Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con to shed some light on his upcoming gothic romance Crimson Peak and to just be a generally likable dude. Meanwhile, nerds across social media swooned. We’ve gone through the trouble of rounding up our favorite tweets so you can stay in-the-know without compromising your fragile, 21st-century attention span. Thank us later.
Let’s hope that among his many qualities, the guy also knows a little CPR.
So excited I can’t breathe #CrimsonPeak #GuillermoDelToro https://t.co/HFZgBOeSWe
— Petra Halbur (@PLHalbur) July 27, 2014
From genre director to international sex-symbol: click here to see del Toro’s amazingly cute face! Or not…
I wrote this earlier and you need to read it just to see Guillermo del Toro’s amazing face. http://t.co/iHCHvj5ppW pic.twitter.com/PpvdpSqHYP — Ally Farrell (@AllyFarrell) July 27, 2014
We have to wonder what was on her head.
Guillermo del Toro just pointed at my hair, gave it a thumbs up, and waved for the blurriest photo I’ve taken today (UPLOADING IT LATER.)
— Ashley Elizabeth (@AshleyElizabeth) July 27, 2014
Then there’s the follow-up “blurry photo” she posted soon after…
This was the highlight of my Sunday. It’s blurry because I was fangirling. I was fangirling so, so hard. #SDCC pic.twitter.com/G6Pfe6qjl9 — Ashley Elizabeth (@AshleyElizabeth) July 28, 2014
If only I had this ability. Could this be considered a super power?
Guillermo del Toro creepy gothic romance in an old Victorian mansion. TAKE MY MONEY. TAKE IT NOW. http://t.co/E3IKEepgWx
— Kim Harrington (@Kim_Harrington) July 27, 2014
Don’t know what in the world they’re talking about, but making people clap like little girls is definitely a super power.
Whenever we see pictures of Guillermo del Toro wearing our Miskatonic Unversity Class Ring we clap like little girls. pic.twitter.com/6ghnMMFVLn — Badali Jewelry (@BadaliJewelry) July 22, 2014
The master del Toro continues blurring the lines between fantasy and reality…
I may or may not have waved @ Guillermo del Toro & told him I love him. And he may or may not have said, Thank you. #totallyhappened #sdcc
— Amy K. Nichols (@amyknichols) July 27, 2014
Point taken, but lets hope Octavio Paz and Diego Rivera don’t catch wind of this.
Guillermo Del Toro es lo mejor que ha salido de México desde que llegaron los españoles y se llevaron todo el oro, plata y joyas. — Donovan (@AndresVargasZ) July 27, 2014
Who needs grammar when you’ve got Guillermo del Toro?
Podcast time! Guillermo del Toro RETURNS and is the bestest! http://t.co/s2zwIwjH2s
— Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) July 23, 2014
*BONUS: Listen to the nerdist podcast to hear del Toro explain how you can’t make movies unless you enjoy some part of the process. He breaks it down simply, “I always say you can’t fuck if you don’t have a boner.”
Actually, we don’t need context. This sounds just about right.
“You need to see the vampire drink the person like a little box of Capri Sun.” Guillermo del Toro, all context. #TCA14 — Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) July 21, 2014
And finally, del Toro says what we’ve all been thinking:
Guillermo del Toro makes a no nonsense invitation to watch his new show ‘The Strain’ on reddit: pic.twitter.com/3JtD1mw9mE via @FinnJ #TheStrain
— Zig Marasigan (@zigmarasigan) July 21, 2014