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

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.