I have added a new still of Benicio as Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost!
Also, Benicio is getting rave reviews from TIFF and Telluride for his interpretation!
Complex.com – Chubby and scruffy, del Toro let himself go physically to embody the famous Colombian kingpin, but the actor reined himself back where it counts. He plays Escobar as soft-spoken and approachable, the fun-loving bear of an uncle all little girls love to have in their family, and to Nick he’s supportive and welcoming. The greatness in del Toro’s performance, however, is that he’s able to frequently undercut that disarming warmth with mere looks in his eyes and dialogue deliveries. In one scene, Nick tells Pablo that some goons who’ve been bothering he and his brother are dead, knowing that Pablo’s the reason why they’ve flat-lined yet, still, commenting, “Thank god.” The way del Toro menacingly replies with “Thank god?” is a chilling record-skip moment.
macleans.ca – While casting Benicio Del Toro as the notorious Columbian drug lord was a coup, Di Stefano keeps his most talented actor in the background, focusing more on a Canadian (yay!) played by Josh Hutcherson (uh?) who marries into the Escobar family (sure!). At the very least, it was fun to see Del Toro act circles around his young co-star.
nationalpost.com – Hutcherson is stiff and limited, especially when opposite the critically underused tour-de-force that is Benicio Del Toro (accepting the role in his continuing quest to portray every Latin figurehead).
– Del Toro’s easily the best thing about Escobar: Paradise Lost.
hollywoodreporter.com – Although Hutcherson remains the drama’s central focus and point of audience identification, del Toro’s presence, like Brando’s in The Godfather, looms over everything that happens here. It’s a physically self-effacing role — the actor is a long way from his former dreamboat self — but he is completely convincing as the extravagantly generous family man, crowd-loving public figure and supremely manipulative and treacherous criminal; you really get the sense of a large spider that can sense even the slightest vibration at the most distant points on his vast web.
thewrap.com – The violent drama, set in Columbia circa 1991, features a deliciously good turn by Benicio del Toro as drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.