Revisited: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) Talks with William Friedkin (The Devil and Father Amorth) for the Talkhouse Podcast (Part 1)

What happens when two longtime friends — who also just happen to be Academy Award-winning directors — sit down for a chat?

Over the festive break, Talkhouse Film is revisiting some of its most read (or listened to) pieces of the year, including this one. Happy holidays! – N.D.

On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, a casual cinematic chat between two friends, who also happen to be Academy Award-winning directors: Guillermo del Toro and William Friedkin. In the first part of their enthralling two-part conversation for the Talkhouse Podcast, the pair discuss winning big at the Oscars, surviving award season, how to stay a scrapper despite success, del Toro’s apprenticeship under makeup legend Dick Smith, the remarkable story of Friedkin and the Pazuzu statue in The Exorcist, the plagiarism controversy surrounding The Shape of Water, and much more. Special thanks to Katey Rich from Vanity Fair for collaborating on this special conversation, and for joining us on the podcast. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at Subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.

The music featured in the podcast is as follows:
1. Intro / outro underscore: “Plastic Man vs. The Giant Red Phase Of The Sun” – Iced Ink

Episode engineered by Gideon Brower and co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi. The Talkhouse Podcast’s producer is Elia Einhorn.

Guillermo del Toro is a writer, producer and director. At the 2018 Academy Awards, he won Best Director and Best Feature for his film The Shape of Water. Among his other best-known films are Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Crimson Peak and Cronos.