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Guillermo del Toro Shares Harrowing Kidnapping Tale in Wake of Paris Terror Attacks

“What terror seeks is to provoke hatred- and thus, they will recruit the hated ones, the marginal, the desperate into their ranks,” director says on Twitter

Last Updated: January 11, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

After the deadly terror attacks on Paris Friday night, “Crimson Peak” director Guillermo del Toro shared a powerful and personal tale following the kidnapping of his father two decades ago.

“What terror seeks is to provoke hatred- and thus, they will recruit the hated ones, the marginal, the desperate into their ranks,” the filmmaker began on Twitter, calling the short anecdote “A memory in 8 tweets.”

Del Toro went on to recount the aftermath of the kidnapping of his father, Federico del Toro, by criminals in Guadalajara. After a ransom of $1 million was paid by del Toro’s friend James Cameron, Federico was freed following 72 days in captivity.

“During the captivity of my father- a time of enormous pain- two policemen came to see us. They had two proposals,” del Toro wrote. “The first was: For 5K, they would give us a room with the kidnappers, tied to a chair. They would provide a lead pipe & 15 minutes alone. The second one: For 10K they would make sure that- when the raid happened- all kidnappers would get killed and we’d get Polaroids. We said no. Absolutely no to both. We felt hatred and pain but could not be a part of the cycle of violence.”

During a dinner with other families who had gone through a similar ordeal, del Toro wrote, someone brought out some photographs — but the filmmaker refused to look at them.

“In times like this- when violence breeds violence, I think of that day and pray for wisdom and strength,” the director concluded.