Cate Blanchett will play any role to be in a Guillermo del Toro film — even a monkey named Garbage.

Cate Blanchett’s admiration for filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is truly unmatched.

The already acclaimed Australian actress made her debut in a Del Toro film in his suspenseful 2021 drama nightmare alleynext to her former Carol Co-stars Rooney Mara and Bradley Cooper.

But it seems that starring hasn’t satiated Blanchett’s thirst for Del Toro’s creative genius. Instead, her appetite increased.

Blanchett now stars in his latest critically acclaimed stop motion fantasy/musical, Pinocchio.

Instead of giving her sultry voice to, say, Geppetto, she gave it up altogether and lent it to Spazzatura, the screeching monkey, which, it should be noted, is the Italian translation of the word ‘garbage’.

In a behind-the-scenes video, the award-winning director explained how the “surprise” casting came about, recalling, “We were shooting nightmare alley. Cate Blanchett and I had so much fun that she said, ‘You have to give me a role Pinocchio.

Spazzatura from ‘Pinocchio’

(Walt Disney Pictures)

“I say, ‘The only piece left is a monkey,'” he added with a laugh, before Blanchett finished his sentence, “And I said, ‘I would do anything. I would play a pencil in a movie for you.’”

According to Del Toro, after showing Blanchett sketches of Spazzaturo’s lanky and semi-confused-looking character, she said, “I think that’s my spirit animal.”

While Blanchett hasn’t given much to work on other than a few monkey noise sequences, she’s at least happy. Plus, one can only imagine that it was a much-needed break from her neuroticism and worry tar Master, Lydia.

Besides, she might be right. In anyway The IndependentIn his four-star review, Adam White praised Del Toro’s “beautiful, nightmarish vision” as “moving, delicate and lush.”

Who doesn’t want to be part of the movie magic?

Pinocchio can be streamed on Netflix. Cate Blanchett will play any role to be in a Guillermo del Toro film — even a monkey named Garbage.


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