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Guillermo del Toro to migrants: Don't believe the lies they tell about us

Los Angeles, Aug. 6 (efe-epa).- Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who unveiled Tuesday his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, asked people to reject fear and embrace respect, while urging migrants not to believe the lies being told about them.

Los Angeles, Aug. 6 (efe-epa).- Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who unveiled Tuesday his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, asked people to reject fear and embrace respect, while urging migrants not to believe the lies being told about them.

"As a Mexican, receiving this star is a gesture and no gesture right now can be banal or simple. This is very important that it is happening right now," the director said.

"I can tell to all of you, all immigrants from every nation, that you should believe in the possibilities and not the obstacles. Ever. 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 and we all have stories to tell," he said.

Del Toro, who made a point of saying he was a Mexican and an immigrant during the ceremony, said that "right now, we are in a moment of great fear, great fear and great division. That's why fear is used, it is used to divide us," but added that "the antidote to that is to come together, to realize those divisions are complete fantasies."

Del Toro's address came just two days after 22 people including eight Mexicans were gunned down in El Paso, Texas, in a massacre committed last Saturday by a white supremacist who shot his way through a shopping mall.

Considered one of today's top film directors, Del Toro has won two Oscars: Best Picture and Best Director for the 2017 movie "The Shape of Water."

This acclaimed fantasy film starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon, also took Academy Awards for Best Production Design and Best Original Music Score.

His works also include such box-office hits as "Labyrinth of the Faun" (2007 Oscar winner for Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Production Design), Blade II (2002), "Hellboy" (2004) and "Pacific Rim" (2013).

Together with Alejandro Gonzalez-Iñarritu and Alfonso Cuaron, with whom he forms a group known as "The Three Amigos of Cinema," Del Toro has been one of those largely responsible for the great success of Mexican film directors around the world. EFE-EPA dvp-romu/cd

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