Director Guillermo Del Toro  is known for creating surreal worlds filled with fantastical monsters in movies such as "Pan's Labyrinth" and "The Shape of Water" Photo: AFP
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Del Toro gets Hollywood star, urges immigrants to reject fear

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By VALERIE MACON

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro was honored Tuesday with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, where he urged fellow immigrants to reject fear and division in the U.S.

The double Oscar-winning filmmaker, 54, is known for creating surreal worlds filled with fantastical monsters in movies such as "Pan's Labyrinth" and "The Shape of Water."

Speaking in the aftermath of the El Paso mass shootings, he told the crowd that "great fear" was being used to divide people, but "those divisions are complete fantasies."

"When people say, 'You dwell in fantasy,' I say, 'I don't. Politicians do, churches do, I don't. I deal with facts of the soul and the stories.'"

He added: "Do not believe the lies they tell about us. Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference."

Del Toro left Mexico in 1998 after his father was kidnapped for a $1 million ransom that he only managed to pay with the help of fellow director James Cameron.

He is now known as one of the "three amigos" of Mexican film along with fellow Oscar-winning directors Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman," "The Revenant") and Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity").

He told the crowd how searching Tinseltown's sidewalk in the 1970s for the stars of horror legends Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney and Alfred Hitchcock had inspired him in creating his famed horror universes.

"What I felt with those stars is there were people that were as weird as me and they were here, so that gave me hope," he said. "This star is for you, all of you that feel weird to come over and sit for a moment."

"Star Wars" filmmaker J.J. Abrams and singer Lana Del Rey attended the ceremony.

Del Ray provides a song for "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," a horror film produced by Del Toro out Friday.

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He should do a surreal movie about the surreal experience of trekking thousands of kiliometres for the forlorn hope of crossing the border.

Or the surreal societies that these migrants leave behind.

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Nobody inside the USA should have fear of physical harm regardless of their residency status or citizenship.

Everyone in the USA should demand the end to violence directed at any group living there.

Nobody should be afraid to shop at freakin' Walmart.

Something modeled after MADD, which was successful in changing how America looked at drunk driving.

All Lives Matter, Period - ALMP.

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This guys movies are over-hyped crap.

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The Shape of Water? Forgettable.

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He is now known as one of the "three amigos" of Mexican film along with fellow Oscar-winning directors Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman," "The Revenant") and Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity").

I’d rather watch Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short over and over than any of these movies again.

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This guys movies are over-hyped crap.

Pan's Labyrinth is a magnificent study on the terrors of the Spanish Civil War. I highly recommend it to people who like film and always complain about recycling/rebooting etc.

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I’d rather watch Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short over and over than any of these movies again.

Great in their day but haven't had any decent films for over 20 years.

I'm guessing no fans of the exceptional and beautiful Roma here, either?

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You guessed right.

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Such a shame people will deliberately miss out on pictures because of their politics.

Can't stand the politics of Clint, Russell, Malkovich etc but it won't stop me from watching their films.

Any Julio Medem fans here? He's from Europe, btw. There's a magical quality to his films that might beguile one, given a chance.

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