Benicio del Toro Source

“Fear is what motivates me most in my work,” confessed the prestigious Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro to students from the International School of Film and Television (EICTV). “I like a new character and feel utterly frozen. That fear motivates me to carry out a rigorous work of research, although they are distinct things,” he emphasized.

The meeting, which lasted more than two hours, took place in the afternoon of Saturday, December 12th, at the headquarters of EICTV, located in San Antonio de los Baños. Benicio expressed satisfaction at returning to the School, which he visited for the first time more than a decade ago during his trip to Havana to present, with director Steven Soderbergh, the feature film Traffic (2000), which won him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

On this opportunity, Benicio arrived at the School in the company of multiple award-winning Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa (Familia, 1996; Barrio, 1998; Mondays in the Sun, 2002; Princesas, 2005), who recently directed him in A Perfect Day (2015) along with the well-known U.S. American actor Tim Robbins.

Upon being asked about learning and motivation in his work as a director, Fernando León emphasized that one of the main driving forces of artistic creation is its quality of being a wonderful tool for understanding reality. “I think one writes, above all, out of curiosity,” he said.

At another moment of the dialogue, Benicio del Toro commented that what is most interesting about working as an actor is the possibility of telling a story, just like a scriptwriter or director. “In doing the interpretation of a character, somehow I’m writing the story with my emotions, with my movements,” concluded the interpreter of such films as Che (2008), 21 Grams (2003) and Savages (2012), among others.

Both film producers travelled to Havana to present A Perfect Day in the 37th edition of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.




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