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February 28, 2016 Public Appearances

Benicio attended the 88th Academy Awards – Rehearsals yesterday, getting ready to present an Award tonight! I have added 2 High Quality Pictures of him and Jennifer Garner taking a selfie backstage!
As a reminder, Sicario is nominated for 2 Awards tonight: Best Cinematography, Original Score and Sound Editing!


Actor Benicio del Toro has a refreshingly clear-eyed view of being involved with the juggernaut that is Star Wars: Episode VIII: “It’s scary.”

The Sicario star is laughing a bit when he adds, “It’s scary because there’s a lot of talk that I’m going to be in that movie — before I’ve even shot one scene!

“But I’m excited, too.”

Del Toro is on the phone from Los Angeles to promote a new drama called A Perfect Day, a film from Fernando Leon de Aranoa set in the midst of the Balkan crisis of the 1990s. It was nominated for seven Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscar) this year.

Del Toro and Tim Robbins play aid workers in Bosnia dealing with local issues — a dead body in a well, a bullied child, land mines in village roads. The military and various bureaucrats do their thing while our intrepid heroes fight the small fights that affect everyday life. Also starring Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry and Fedja Stukan, the movie has an air of the absurd, and shows war on a tiny, personal scale that somehow captures the day-to-day horror lived by the citizens.

Would he agree it’s a grown-up movie?

“Well, it ain’t Star Wars.”

Del Toro says he’d been hoping to work with Perfect Day writer/director Leon de Aranoa for some time.

“I liked his movies, and we always wanted to work together, do something if something came along he felt I could be part of, and this one came along.

“It was refreshing, a different kind of story than I usually get.”

Indeed — del Toro often plays dark or villainous roles, and it’s rumoured he’ll play a villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

At 21, he was the youngest-ever Bond villain in Licence to Kill. Del Toro made his name in films such as The Usual Suspects, Traffic (for which he won an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe), The Pledge, Sin City, 21 Grams, Che, The Wolfman and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Many thought del Toro would get another Oscar nomination this year for Sicario.

The father of one has some interesting movies coming up besides Star Wars. He voices a character in The Little Prince, stars in Terrence Malick’s Weightless (with Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale) and stars with James Franco in Harmony Korine’s crime thriller, The Trap.

And there’s talk of a Sicario sequel. Although del Toro says he hasn’t heard anything yet, he’d welcome the chance to work with director Denis Villeneuve again.

“Working with Denis was a real pleasure,” says the actor. “He’s the real deal as a filmmaker. I really enjoyed the whole process and outcome of Sicario.”

Del Toro will now go from the small independent movie, A Perfect Day, to the behemoth that is Star Wars. “I’m in a lucky position that I’ve been able to do some independent movies and some not-so-independent movies,” he says. “But I don’t work differently on independent movies and studio films — my approach to Star Wars or any movie I do is pretty much the same. You work with the character, you try to bring something and you learn your lines.”

He’s looking forward to Star Wars. “I really enjoyed Episode VII. And I’ve enjoyed Star Wars, especially the first one — I think it’s called Episode IV now. And Return of the Jedi, and The Empire Strikes Back — I’m not a Star Wars buff like some out there, but as a kid I really liked those films, like, way before I ever thought I was going to be in movies. There’s something of a nostalgia thing that gets you excited about being part of the Star Wars world.”

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February 27, 2016 A Perfect Day, Interview

No matter how menacing the character he’s playing, Benicio del Toro likes to bring a little humour to it.

In his latest film, “A Perfect Day,” del Toro injects a wry wit into his role as a jaded aid worker in an armed conflict zone in the Balkans in 1995.

He says it’s a subtle touch he tries to add with all of his parts, which have also included a former convict in “21 Grams” and a police officer in “Traffic.” Both roles earned him an Oscar nomination, with the latter landing him the golden statuette.

“Even ‘Traffic,’ there were moments with a little bit of humour, or ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,'” del Toro, who played a Bond henchman in “Licence to Kill,” said in a phone interview from Los Angeles.

“When I watch other actors, I like performances that have a bit of a sense of humour behind it or underneath it. Even when you look at performances of actors that play really, really bad guys, but there’s a sense of humour.

“Look at Anthony Hopkins in ‘Silence of the Lambs’ — there’s something there that bubbles out that made me uncomfortable but at the same time made me kind of giggle. Joe Pesci in ‘Goodfellas.'”

Does del Toro consider himself to be a funny person?

“I’m funny sometimes. Depends on how many shots of tequila,” the 49-year-old said with a laugh.

In theatres Friday, “A Perfect Day” also stars Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Fedja Stukan and Melanie Thierry as fellow humanitarian NGO workers trying to retrieve a dead body from a well in a mine-filled village. Their efforts are hampered by jurisdiction issues.

Fernando Leon de Aranoa directed the film, his first English-language feature, which debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“l like characters or stories that deal with the futility of effort,” said del Toro, who was born in Puerto Rico.

He also likes stories that feature a moral dilemma, such as the one in Quebec director Denis Villeneuve’s crime thriller “Sicario,” in which del Toro plays a mysterious hired gun.

“I think it’s part of the human condition,” said del Toro.

“I don’t want to turn into a philosopher here, but it’s choices and what makes people make choices, and why they go this way and end up going that other way. It’s always intriguing to me.”

Del Toro said he feels “lucky” to be able to take on both smaller films like “A Perfect Day” and blockbuster titles like the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which he’s signed on to.

“As long as I can keep doing that, apart from busy, I’m going to be fine.”

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February 21, 2016 Magazine Scans

I have added the scans of Benicio in the Winter 2015 edition of DuJour. Huge thanks to Luciana at mark-ruffalo.com for donating them!


February 19, 2016 Birthday, Photoshoot

benicio-deltoro.net along with all your fans are wishing you a wonderful day on your Birthday! May 2016 be a spectacular year for you, filled with success and happiness!

To celebrate the day, I have uploaded 14 more pictures to Session 26, enjoy!


February 15, 2016 Star Wars Episode VIII

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

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February 15, 2016 News, Star Wars Episode VIII

Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro have joined the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” Disney confirmed on Monday.

The studio also announced that newcomer Kelly Marie Tran will have an unspecified role in the latest installment of the space opera.

Dern scored Oscar nominations for her work in “Rambling Rose” and “Wild,” and effectively ducked velociraptors and T-rexes in “Jurassic Park.” Upcoming projects include Jennifer Fox’s “The Tale” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.”

Del Toro scored an Oscar playing a morally conflicted cop in “Traffic,” earned another nomination for “21 Grams,” and headlined the likes of “Sicario” and “Savages.” He next reprises his role as the Collector in “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” An earlier Variety report said that Del Toro will play the villain role in the new “Star Wars.”

Principal photography on “Star Wars: Episode VIII” begins Monday at Pinewood Studios in London. The film hits theaters on December 15, 2017, when it should mint money.

“Looper” director Rian Johnson wrote the screenplay and will replace “The Force Awakens’” J.J. Abrams behind the camera. Cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis will all return for the latest sequel.

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February 15, 2016 Awards, Public Appearances

Benicio attended the EE British Academy Film Awards yesterday in London. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Sicario but sadly lost to Mark Rylance. You can check out HQ Pictures in our gallery! Huge thanks to my friend Claudia at marymcdonnell.org for the help with pictures!