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Guillermo Del Toro Has A Collectible Clause In His Contract So He Can Take Things From Set

One of the most endearing things about Guillermo del Toro is that on top of being a world-class genre filmmaker, he's also a fan with a voracious appetite for various films, books, comics, and more within his horror-mystery-adventure wheelhouse. And what pleases a diehard pop culture fan more than the art of collecting? Del Toro's new Netflix series "Cabinet of Curiosities" could be described as a collection of sorts, specifically a collection of short horror films by some of his own favorite filmmakers, and one can reasonably assume his home is stocked with plenty of collectible memorabilia as well.

And unlike most collectors, del Toro recently revealed he has a unique way of getting new stuff to display on his shelves after every film and television job he takes. According to the director himself, he has what might be called a "collectible clause" in his contracts that stipulate that he can take stuff (such as puppets used in his recent stop-motion animation take on "Pinocchio") home to keep after filming is done.

The director jokes that real estate is his second passion due to his constant need for storage space

During a conversation with Collider Interviews (via YouTube) that also included "Pinocchio" co-director Mark Gustafson, Guillermo del Toro was asked about his famous penchant for collecting memorabilia from his own films in addition to whatever other collecting interests he may have. The question was about how del Toro manages to find any room for new pieces in his home, and his response was a humorous one, albeit with presumably a kernel of truth. "Real estate is my second passion," joked del Toro. "I sell a house and buy one a little bigger, or buy a little apartment and fill it with collectibles."

After that, the director talked about how the good thing about the animation used to create "Pinocchio" is that it necessitates multiple copies of each individual puppet, due to filming happening on multiple sets simultaneously. For a collector like del Toro, that's a plus because it means he can take home whatever he likes without it being missed.

That doesn't really matter, though, he says, because he has a contract that allows him to take one of each prop — just as long as he has enough room at home to keep the items.