Day assumed that the “Shape of Water” director might have been pulling his leg when he expressed interest in landing a small role on “Sunny,” but the comedian followed up with him anyway. True to his word, del Toro jumped at the chance to join the cast — and he even brought some extra personal touches to the part.
“So when we wrapped the movie and then wrote the season, I sent him an email and said, ‘All right, we’ve got a part for you,'” the “Sunny” co-creator continued, “and he jumped on the opportunity and he even did a little bit of his own make-up in terms of he had a wandering eye, a glass eye, made for the part, which is great.”
Practical effects are a big part of del Toro’s films, from the prosthetic monsters of “Pan’s Labyrinth” to the elaborate sets of “Crimson Peak.” Even in a blockbuster like “Pacific Rim,” which required lots of CGI, the director managed to ground the film in the material world.
“I had some green screen work, but most of the things I was doing he had built some sort of practical prop that was animatronic that I was reacting to,” Day revealed on Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, “so it wasn’t quite like getting stuck into the ‘Star Wars’ remakes where it’s all green screen.”
But it wasn’t just a glass eye and fake boils that del Toro brought to the role. In his first appearance in “Wedding Massacre,” Pappy McPoyle has a single line — which del Toro wrote himself. “[He] had a special line he wanted to say, and we loved it and we kept it and so he was a really great contribution,” Day gushed to CBR.