DEADLINE: After I wrote about the film being halted because the studio would not make a $150 million film and give you the right for it to be an R rated movie
, numerous studio execs said they would have done the same thing, even though they wanted to see the movie. Itís hard to make your money back on a big budget R film. Do you regret not being more flexible?
DEL TORO: No. But youíre guilty of a lot of my problems, not on Mountains, but you were the one whose article said I was busy till 2015, when in my mind, Iím unemployed and go movie to movie.
DEADLINE: Well, that was an editor at my former workplace, Daily Variety, trying to be clever. But what you say is true. But should you have caved on the rating and been willing to do Mountains at PG-13?
DEL TORO: I donít regret it. Look at Prometheus. Thereís an R rated horror movie that doesnít have big name stars.
We had Tom Cruise, and Jim Cameron producing. But I completely understand why they did it and I canít argue, I canít say they were wrong and I was right to take that position. I could never have their job because I would approve Mountains and many others, but I understand.