How is Pacific Rim 2 going?
We did a new draft of the script with Jon Spaihts who wrote Prometheus. We have spent about six months creating a new budget that makes sense. We are turning it in about five days from this interview, and then we will know if they want to make it or not. It’s very different. We’re trying to bring the same fun moments as the first one, but it’s going to have a very different tone to it. The last one was sort of the end of a war. I called it ‘goth-tech’, because we had thunderstorms and rain, and rusty metals. This one different. There is a premise that I find really intriguing and crazy. That’s why I was intrigue to do it, because we came up with one idea that is worth it. Because these movies take three years of your life—I’ll be 55, 57 by the end of it!

You films are influenced by anime, and Godzilla movies, and horror movies, and so much pop culture—did all that stuff make down it to Mexico when you were growing up in the 60s and 70s?
Funnily enough, the anime I watched in Mexico absolutely matches with the anime any kid in the same era would have watched in Japan. It think it’s because it was cheap. And there was also very obscure Japanese live action sci-fi series {on television}. And Italian horror, and Hammer Horror, that was readily available. And the Universal horror movies from the 1930s were on TV. In my city there was a lot of ex-pats, so in the bookstores you always had Famous Monsters Of Filmland magazine, Warren horror comics, and I bought them all.

Do you still keep up with anime?
I try. Anime is too big. It’s thousands of titles. I stay with the artists I love, Katsuhiro Otomo, Hideshi Hino, Naoki Urasawa. I’m not aware of super-new manga. Even the ‘new’ stuff I like, like Gantz, or Blame!, is a few years old.