Benicio del Toro Source
Welcome to Benicio del Toro Source, your largest resource dedicated to the talented Benicio del Toro. You may know Benicio from Traffic, The Usual Suspects, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Snatch, Che, Sicario or A Perfect Day. Benicio current projects include The Trap, Star Wars: Episode VIII and Soldado. This fansite bring you the most up-to-date news, articles, photos, videos and more.
December 5, 2015   Gallery, Interview, Photoshoot, Sicario 0 Comment shared the defining moments from the actors and directors of this season’s most anticipated productions. Benicio is featured in their gallery for Sicario. Also featured is a new photoshoot that you can check in our gallery.

“Movies are very fickle. I’ve done many where I think, ‘Oh that’s going to be good,’ and it isn’t. With this one, my expectations were up in the air,” Del Toro says of Sicario, a thriller following U.S. agents beyond the Mexican border. “But across the board everybody brought their A game. It would be the equivalent of taking a group picture and everybody looking their best. Getting that to happen? It’s really complicated.”


December 2, 2015   Interview, Video 0 Comment

varietyBenicio Del Toro landed an Academy Award for 2000’s “Traffic,” in which he played a conflicted police officer. His new film, “Sicario,” puts him back in the world of drug trafficking, but as a very different character — a mysterious, dangerous man bent on revenge. Will Smith has earned two Oscar nominations for playing real-life people in “Ali” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” He stands to earn his third nod for his portrayal of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a doctor who fought against the National Football League to expose the danger of head trauma in players. Among many topics, the two spoke about their mutual love of Roger Deakins and Eddie Murphy.

Will Smith: I got that call that actors love to get. It’s late on a Friday afternoon, and I get the call that says, “Ridley Scott’s on the phone for you.” He said, “I’ve got a gift for you.” And he sent me “Concussion.” I read it immediately, and I remember thinking, “This ain’t no damn gift! I’m a football dad.” So for me, it was a beautiful screenplay, but it opened up a huge conflict. How did “Sicario” come to you?

Benicio Del Toro: I read the script. I thought it was original. And then I got to meet with Denis Villeneuve, the director. His enthusiasm, his vision, his sensitivity to the project convinced me. And then there was the cast and, last but not least, the director of photography, Roger Deakins …

Smith: I’m a real Roger Deakins groupie!

Del Toro: I know. Me too.

Smith: He asked me to leave him alone the other night. It was the first time I met him. I was like, “Hey man, listen, I love what you do!” He said, “Well thanks, man. Come on, you know, you’re embarrassing me.”

Del Toro: Those elements put together — script, director, actors and Roger Deakins — that made me want to do it.

Smith: (I met) the director, Peter Landesman, and Dr. Bennet Omalu back to back. Peter Landesman is an investigative journalist; he’s rock solid. Dr. Omalu is a Nigerian immigrant, and he said something to me, a line we used in the movie. He said, “As a little boy growing up, heaven was here, and America was here (just beneath).” To him, America was the place where God sent all of his favorite people.

Del Toro: And that’s in the movie.

Smith: That was really huge, when I can latch onto that desire. I’m always looking for the one thing that covers the entire movie, you know?

Del Toro: Right.

Smith: When I was 15, my girlfriend cheated on me. And from that moment, in this bizarre psychological twist, I wanted to be the most famous entertainer on Earth, because I believed that your girlfriend couldn’t cheat on you. It’s that really bizarre psychological leap, and I’m always looking for that in my characters. Have you ever struggled to find a character? Have you ever gotten closer and closer to set and hadn’t had it yet?

Del Toro: I don’t think I ever find them. It just keeps evolving. I always feel, to be honest with you, like I get the closest I can get to the character on the last day of shooting, on the last take. I used to beat myself up for that.

Smith: When you got started, who were you modeling yourself after? Who were who were the people that you were like, “All right, I want that?”

Del Toro: When I started going to movies, there were three. It was Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy and Richard Gere. After I started acting, then it was Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn. And then there were other young actors that were doing stuff that was a bit more contemporary, like Sean Penn and Gary Oldman. They were going out there and taking chances, and that’s when I started acting.

Smith: For me, my early life and desire to be an entertainer was all Julius Erving and Eddie Murphy. I grew up in Philadelphia so, you know, 1983, ’76ers, world champions. And Julius Erving was, and still is, such an absolute gentleman. And then when I started thinking about moving toward acting, it was right at the heart of “Raw” and “Delirious” and “48 Hrs.” I was like, “Oh my God, I want that, I want that.” And it was that combination that really formed the early parts of my career.


December 1, 2015   Awards, News, Sicario 1 Comment

Benicio del Toro has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Alejandro in Sicario at the Satellite Awards. Sicario is also nominated for Best Motion Picture.
The 20th Annual Satellite Awards will be held on February 21, 2016 in Century City, CA.

December 1, 2015   Gallery, Public Appearances 0 Comment

I have updated the gallery with 17 High Quality photos of Benicio and Will Smith attending Variety Studio: Actors On Actors on November 15.

December 1, 2015   Gallery, Public Appearances 0 Comment

I have updated the gallery with 12 High Quality photos of Benicio attending The Contenders Presented By Deadline on November 07.

November 29, 2015   Interview 0 Comment

001The ‘Traffic’ Oscar winner discusses his journey from Puerto Rico to Hollywood, the lack of rhyme and reason about big screen success and why he’s drawn to stories about the war on drugs.

“You’re forcing me to look back,” says Benicio Del Toro, once of the most highly regarded actors of his generation, as we sit down to talk about his remarkable life, work and latest film — Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed film Sicario, in which he plays a mysterious figure operating in the shadows of the war on drugs — for the 14th episode of THR’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. He adds, in a voice that is unexpectedly soft-spoken, “And when I look back, I can’t believe it.”

The 48-year-old, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic (2000), is once again in serious contention for it, this time for Sicario. He has collected some of the best notices of his career ever since the film premiered at Cannes in May and began rolling out in September. And while the Puerto Rican-born thesp, who wound up moving to mainland America and studying with Stella Adler, clearly is happy about the response, he also has a tendency to be guarded, having experienced more ups and downs in his career than most.

At 22, Del Toro became the youngest person ever to play a villain in a Bond film, License to Kill (1989), an achievement that suggested bigger things to come. Then, however, he struggled to find work again, so much so that, he recalls, “there was almost a family intervention.” He came out of his funk with The Usual Suspects (1995), which exploded the careers of many members of its strong ensemble. But then he appeared in a series of films that failed to click, such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1999), and he was once again down on his luck. It was only when Traffic came along that he really made it back.

A second Oscar nom for 21 Grams (2003) proved that his first was no fluke, but even in the years since then he’s been on something of a rollercoaster. “It’s a mystery to me, it really is,” he says of his career trajectory. “It goes up and down. Some projects do work, some other projects don’t work. Some projects you think are going to work and don’t work. Some projects are good but don’t find an audience. [Author’s note: Like 2007’s Things We Lost in the Fire and Soderbergh’s 2008 two-parter Che.] Some less good projects find an audience. [Author: Like 2005’s Sin City and 2010’s The Wolfman.]”

“I’m talking to you right now because I’m hot at this moment,” he says, before trailing off, “But maybe two years ago —”

In Sicario, which takes place over the course of several days, Del Toro plays Alejandro, a man of few words, clearly haunted by the past, who steps up to do a rough job that most others don’t have the stomach to do themselves. (In that way, Alejandro is not unlike many of the characters portrayed in westerns by John Wayne, one of the actor’s major influences.)

“When I read it, I believed it,” says Del Toro. “I believed that my character represented the frustration of many policemen, on both sides of the border, who have given their lives to this war on drugs. I believed this guy would have been that enraged by the fact that his family had been destroyed by the cartels, so that was number one. Number two was since the violence in Mexico has gotten so out of control, I believed that this guy would join the Americans to use that American might to fight the evil that was eating their country. So once I believed [those things], I could believe anything in the script.”

Del Toro doesn’t have all that much to do in the film until its final third, which was just fine with him, since the first two-thirds were carried by actors for whom he has a great deal of respect. “I always see this movie as a relay race of 400 meters — Emily [Blunt] and Josh [Brolin] carry that baton and they pass it to me in the last lap and then I take it for the last lap… and then boom, suddenly I’ve got my solo… but it’s really a work of teamwork.”

Some might wonder if drugs are of particular interest to Del Toro, in light of the fact that, in addition to Traffic and Sicario, he also appeared in a number of other films that deal, directly or tangentially, with the subject: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 21 Grams, Things We Lost in the Fire, Savages (2012) and Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014). The actor says it’s coincidental, but that the subject is “important to me.”

Noting that Humphrey Bogart starred in numerous gangster movies during the 1930s and 1940s, when Prohibition was still on people’s minds, he says, “I happen to be an actor at this time when movies take from reality” — but adds that he sees great value in them: “These movies bring the problem to the foreground. There is no solution in sight, and it’s good for people to keep working at trying to find a solution. The problem hasn’t been solved.” In fact, he points out, “Not much has changed since Traffic.”

Sicario, a Lionsgate release, was released on Sept. 18 and is still in select theaters. Awards voters are being asked to consider the film for best picture and Del Toro for best supporting actor.

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November 27, 2015   Gallery, Interview, Magazine Scans 0 Comment

I have updated the gallery with 10 scans from the December 04 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, enjoy!