Guillermo Del Toro would probably like nothing more than to make a film on his home turf of Mexico, but the acclaimed director of Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy II says he is in "forced exile" from the country after his father's kidnapping 10 years ago.
On the red carpet for a Mexico City screening of Rudo y Cursi--a film that reunites Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna for the first time in 7 years and was co-produced by Del Toro--the Guadalajara-born director tells El Universal that his father's kidnapping made him fearful for his own safety, particularly since some of the captors were still on the loose. "Not all of the people who participated in the kidnapping were captured," Del Toro said. Since his father's kidnapping, Del Toro moved to Los Angeles but is now based out of New Zealand, where he is currently working on his next directorial output, The Hobbit.
The director has good reason to be concerned, as the Citizens' Institute for Crime Studies estimates that 500 people are kidnapped each month in Mexico (though the government says that the monthly average since August is 72). Though Guillermo--along with his two helmer pals Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuaron--already brings much attention by the film industry to Mexico, it's a shame that violence is driving away the country's greatest talents.