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torontosun.com – Benicio Del Toro would love to add another Marvel movie to his collection.

The Oscar-winning actor, who plays Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in the Toronto International Film Festival thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost, was most recently seen as the enigmatic Collector in Marvel’s summer sci-fi blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy.

“I really enjoyed working with them, and I think they really enjoyed working with me,” said Del Toro, whose character operates a bizarre combination of an intergalactic museum, zoo and prison. “I enjoyed working with James Gunn, the director, very much, and the cast – Chris (Pratt), Zoe (Saldana), and the raccoon and the tree. Groot!”

Del Toro, whose long resume includes The Usual Suspects, Sin City and his Oscar-winning performance in 2000’s Traffic, says he doesn’t yet know if he’ll be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, slated to come out in the summer of 2017. But he’s hoping his white-haired oddball alter-ego will be in at least one more Marvel movie.

“With James, it was kind of like you don’t know which way to go with the Collector,” he said. “So now I think I get him a little bit better, so I hope I get a chance to do it and explore the character in different ways. I know that he can be in other Marvel movies.”

The Collector was actually the first character from the Guardians’ universe to show up in a Marvel film, when Del Toro played him in Thor: The Dark World’s post-credits scene. The Collector also shows up in Guardians of the Galaxy’s own much-talked about credits scene – spoilers ahead if you still haven’t seen it – in which he is sitting in the ruins of his museum, being consoled by Cosmo the Russian space dog. Someone speaks from off-camera, and suddenly the shot shifts to reveal classic Marvel character Howard the Duck.

Del Toro admits he didn’t know who Howard the Duck was when he was shooting the scene. In fact, he didn’t even know what the scene was going to be until he saw it in its finished form.

“No one told me Howard the Duck was going to be in that scene,” he said with a laugh. “I was there with the dog, and that’s it.”


 

 

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