Del Toro, Inárritu and Cuarón, the three friends who put Mexico at the top of Hollywood

Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu in 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

Known as the Three Amigos in Hollywood, directors Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón They have accumulated multiple Oscars and forged a golden age of Mexican cinema.

At an event held in Los Angeles to celebrate their new movies, the trio said their long friendship had been critical to their success, even if they don’t take his nickname too seriously.

“Friend one calling friend two!” del Toro said, giving Cuarón a little nudge.

“He could have been a good director without his intervention. But they intervened and I survived!” González Iñárritu joked.

The bond between the directors – born just a few years apart – stretches back decades, when Cuarón and del Toro found success together on television, and González Iñárritu on radio, before each switched to film.

From great hits like Loves Dogsby González Iñárritu in 2000, the compatriots have frequently exchanged notes about new projects, and have even helped each other to fully reissue each other’s works.

“Honestly, I think it has been crucial… Not being alone in this job is a beautiful gift for us,” said González Iñárritu. “We talk or we don’t talk, but I know that the other two are up for anything,” Cuarón agreed.“ Sometimes you even avoid their opinion! You say, ‘I’ll keep going because I know what they’re going to tell me!’” Del Toro joked.

“A little easier”

In 2018, Cuarón, narrowly the eldest of the triumvirate, caused a stir in Hollywood by partnering with Netflix to create Romean intimate black-and-white drama that earned him his second Best Director Oscar (after Gravity).

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón in 2012 (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón in 2012 (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

González Iñárritu and del Toro followed in his footsteps and also partnered with the streaming giant.

For González Iñárritu, who won back-to-back Academy Awards with birdman Y the revenantNetflix gave him the opportunity to make his most personal film yet.

The extensive and dreamlike BARDO, false chronicle of a few truths follows a celebrated Mexican filmmaker as he explores the blurred lines between reality and memory, life and death, the United States and Mexico.

The main character receives a prestigious global award from an American institution, prompting a period of soul-searching and evoking parallels to the careers of the “Three Amigos.”

“I don’t think it’s changed us as filmmakers…but definitely recognition like the Oscars or other awards sometimes makes the journey a little easier later on,” Cuarón said.

“They changed my life”

For del Toro, his Oscars for best picture and best director for the shape of water in 2018 they “changed his life”.

“It was beautiful. And it was very, very, very moving.”

His last movie, Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toroa dark and animated version of the Italian novel about a living puppet, has been another success.

It is expected to win best animation at next week’s Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, and is likely to win an Oscar in March.

But when asked what the joint secret to their success has been, the trio refused to give a serious answer.

“I think our craving for tacos maybe, that’s what we share… but he always wins!” said González Iñárritu, pointing to Del Toro. “I think humor,” Del Toro replied. “And good breath!”


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