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December 22, 2015 Screen Captures, Sicario

The gallery was updated with 575 Blu-ray Captures of Benicio in Sicario (2015).

December 19, 2015 Interview

Actor Benicio del Toro met with Boyle Heights Beat reporters early one Saturday morning in November for a wide-ranging conversation more than an hour long. The actor, who has previously visited Hollenbeck Middle School, heard about the Boyle Heights Beat from a colleague and wanted to meet the student reporters.

The 48-year-old actor, who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said he had never had the opportunity to be interviewed by high school journalists and did not want to pass up the chance.

Youth reporters from Boyle Heights Beat talked to the actor about the struggles of being a Latino actor, his political viewpoints and what it takes to make it in Hollywood. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. This is the first of three parts.

BHB: What childhood influences led you to acting?
BDT: I went to movies when I was young, I’d go to movies, but I was never “oh, I want to be an actor.” In my family there were no actors, there was nothing related to the theater or anything like that. I played basketball, that was my initial drive when I was a kid. I wanted to play in the NBA when I was a kid. That was my dream. Through sports I was introduced to do team work, which is a big part of doing movies.

It wasn’t until I went to college… I’ll be honest, I wanted to make my schedule really easy, so I took an acting class because, how can you fail that? I was 18 going on 19, and the teacher said that was the right age to learn about the craft of acting. So I felt I was on time. That teacher saying that really made me feel I could really try it. And then I learned that acting is not hit or miss. You construct the character, there’s a science to acting, you can learn [it].

BHB: Has your ethnicity ever helped you get any specific role or impeded you from getting a role?
BDT: Well, first of all, being an actor, or an actress, is a very difficult job. So it’s difficult for everybody. Being Latino makes it a little bit more difficult. I’ll give you an example. When I started going on auditions they asked me to change my name. I’m sure if my name was John Smith they wouldn’t have asked me to change my name. It’s one more hurdle that you have to climb if you are ethnic. And part of it is because of the stories, movies are stories and there are not that many stories being written from the Latino experience.

When I was in acting school, I had a Latino teacher who said, if you’re going to do this, you have to work twice as hard as John Smith. So I’ve always worked really hard, and it’s got me places. But I always kept that in mind, because you have to deal with the realistic aspect that there are not many roles written for Latinos. You just have to love what you do, because then working very hard is not going to really make a difference. But it is a little bit more complicated.

December 17, 2015 Awards, Sicario

Congratulations to Benicio del Toro who has won the Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Alejandro in Sicario.

Mads was nominated alongside Sam Elliott (Grandma), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Michael Shannon (99 Homes) and Sylvester Stallone (Creed).

December 15, 2015 Interview

“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.


December 15, 2015 Sicario

Entertainment Weekly revealed their Best Performances of 2015 and Benicio figures on their list!

Benicio del Toro, Sicario
The mysterious Alejandro in the shadows of Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario is many things — a wolf, the hitman of the title, a ruthless marksman — but at his core, he’s a man who’s lost everything to a never-ending war. Benicio Del Toro steals the movie late in the second act when he plunges deep into Alejandro’s broken humanity and drives home Sicario’s utterly bleak message about our world: that it’s set to repeat the same violent cycles, and the casualties will continue to rack up. Del Toro’s performance is a quiet one, but in Alejandro’s stillness we can measure his fall, from a lawyer with a family to a killer not above taking away someone else’s. — Kevin P. Sullivan


December 15, 2015 Awards, Sicario

The London Critics’ Circle just revealed the nominations for the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. Sicario grabbed 3 nominations, including Benicio for Supporting Actor of the Year, Emily Blunt for British/Irish Actress of the Year and Tom Ozanich for Technical Achievement of the Year!

The winners will be announced at ceremony on 17th January, 2016!