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Guillermo del Toro not interested in pursuing big action, superhero movies anymore

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Guillermo del Toro, the man behind blockbuster movies like Pacific Rim and the Hellboy franchise, is done with big action and superhero films.

In an interview with The Guardian to promote his new Victorian-era thriller Crimson Peak, del Toro admitted that he wasn't going to chase the big action movies from large studios anymore.

"Crimson Peak is a great permit for me to work on a smaller scale," he said. "I mean, it's big for a drama, but it's a much smaller undertaking than Pacific Rim or Hellboy."

For a man that helped revolutionize the superhero genre, del Toro confessed the large scale superhero movies that have dominated the cinematic landscape for close to a decade never interested him.

"I don't like the superheroes that are ... nice. I like the dark ones, so Blade and Hellboy were right for me," he explained.

That didn't stop del Toro from confirming he had been offered a few of the bigger superhero projects that he inevitably turned down. He said that unless he connected with the characters and the story, it was hard for him to agree to a project.

"The mechanics of action only interest me when it's a universe very, very close to my heart, which Pacific Rim is, and I love it."

The director added that he hoped to go back to directing smaller, weirder features that he originally built his portfolio on, like Cronos and Pan's Labyrinth.

The director's latest non-superhero movie, Crimson Peak, will be released on Oct. 16.