Los Angeles (dpa) - The Mexican Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (54) has revealed on Tuesday at the "Walk of Fame" in Hollywood, a star plaque with his name. In front of fans and photographers he knelt with the spread flag of his homeland on the star. He came to the US as an immigrant. In a time of great fear and division, it is important for people to get together, said the director and producer.

This award for him as a Mexican on the famous promenade is a very important message. "Believe in the possibilities and not in the hurdles," said del Toro.

Previously, del Toro joked in his speech that he was "weird" and really appreciated doing strange things. He referred to colleagues such as the horror actor Boris Karloff or scary master Alfred Hitchcock, who were already honored with stars on the "Walk of Fame". During his first visit to Hollywood in the 1970s, the works of these artists had given him hope for his own world of ideas.

The filmmaker has a weakness for fairy tales, for the bizarre and different. Already in "Hellboy" (2004) and "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006) created del Toro gloomy fantasy worlds. His movie label "Shape of Water" won several Oscars in 2018, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Director JJ Abrams and singer Lana Del Rey also paid tribute to the filmmaker on Tuesday. He was the best storyteller with the biggest heart, said the star guests.

Del Toro was honored with the 2669th star on Hollywood Boulevard. The celebration coincided with the premiere of the del Toro-produced horror film "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," which starts on August 9 in the US.