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March 10, 2013 Paradise Lost

PARADISE LOST, THE UNTOLD STORY OF PABLO ESCOBAR’S TREASURE
Shoot Date: March 18, 2013-May 30, 2013
Location: Panama & Ireland
Story: Young Irish surfer Nick thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Columbia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches he falls madly in love with a beautiful Colombian girl called Maria. It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.


March 7, 2013 Gallery, Photoshoot

I added 13 HQ photos of Benicio on the set of his Esquire 2007 photoshoot. Please, credit the site if posting elsewhere!


March 7, 2013 Articles/Interviews

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papwortl says: Your performance in 21 Grams was incredible especially in the scene where you reveal to Melissa Leo what your character has just done. How did you prepare to play that character and are you proud of that film?
Thank you, I am very proud of the film. How did I prepare? The preparation came from reading the script. My character was a man suffering from a depression, and the depression was what they call survival guilt, and there is such a thing. So I did some reading about what it is and what happens when you’re suffering from survival guilt.

fearandlunchtime says: Who is the greatest director you have worked with and who would you like to work with in the future?
Well, it’s hard to single out the greatest director, but I’ve had the luxury to work with great directors, and I have to say I’ve been influenced by a lot of them. Steven Soderbergh is one that I admire very much, and Oliver Stone of course, since we’re talking about Savages.

Peterson says: When Oliver Stone offers you a role, what’s your immediate reaction?
I’ll take it!

Bonkles says: INCREDIBLE ‘tache in Savages. Your own handiwork, I hope?
Yes, thank you! What’s your number?

Echo89 says: You had a pretty bad-ass death in Licence to Kill; but what’s your favourite Bond death-scene?
Well, it’s gotta be Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love.

Jimmy The Saint says: I was wondering if it was liberating having Che split into two movies and can it be tough to fit a person’s entire life story into one film? Should you go the mini series route?
Well, I think first of all it was meant to be one movie, two parts, but the life of Che Guevara is very difficult to do it whole and do it justice in just four hours. The Che movie was based on two books that he wrote, one called Reminiscences Of A Revolution and the other one was called the Bolivian Diaries, and that was our approach to that movie. We actually counted the most important episodes of his life, and it would have taken 11 hours if we had covered everything, so it would have been longer than a mini-series.

IFlipYou says: What would you say is Oliver Stone’s greatest strength as a filmmaker?
I think he has plenty of courage. I think he makes other cinema people feel like they could dare. His work, it’s inspiring to other filmmakers to dare, and that’s an amazing quality. His body of work, he’s always been on that edge, at the edge of that cliff, almost every film he’s done.

Happy Henry says: What’s it like getting slapped by Salma Hayek? In any way fun?
Well, the first two you can take. When you start going into the 12th take or the 15th take, you start looking around for a referee or for someone to throw in the towel.

Dario says: Hi Benicio! What’s the role you’ve most enjoyed playing in your career, and why?
There’s been many for different reasons and it’s very hard to pick one. You go from The Usual Suspects to Basquiat to Savages. They’re all different. Perhaps the most ambitious and most complicated was Che, and for that reason I educated myself through learning about Che, about Latin America and my roots. So it’s hard to pick one. But Savages was a lot of fun; collaborating with Oliver, working with the actors, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively, John Travolta – who I have to admit I was starstruck by when I first met him – being slapped by Salma Hayek. It was a lot of fun.

Liam Quane says: Hi Mr. Del Toro, obviously a huge fan, can I ask what was it like to direct your first short film and how is 7 Days In Havana going?
It was a lot of fun and it was good to tell people what to do instead of having people telling you what to do. I don’t know, with the movie… I don’t know when it’s coming out in the UK. I think it’s come out in France; I don’t have any dates for Spain. It was a lot of directors doing great short stories and it was challenging, the whole process, and I’m looking forward to perhaps trying it again.


March 4, 2013 7 Days In Havana, Video

Benicio del Toro, who directs his first film for 7 Days in Havana, answers Padura’s questionnaire on his location shoot. This is one of the 36 short films I directed on this iconic and eclectic city of Havana.

Interview with Benicio del Toro from gilles gasser on Vimeo.


March 3, 2013 Gallery, Photoshoot

I’ve replaced some photoshoots by the HQ versions and added one more photo. Please, credit the site if posting the photos elsewhere.


Photoshoots > Session 034
Photoshoots > Session 059


March 3, 2013 Gallery, Savages

I added 997 DVD Captures of Benicio in “Savages” (2012).


Movies > (2012) Savages > DVD Captures



February 26, 2013 Articles/Interviews

13. Benicio Del Toro
Notable Roles: Snatch (2000); The Usual Suspects (1995); Traffic (2000); Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Likened to a more respectable Puerto Rican Brad Pitt, Del Toro has that inherent panache of his predecessors that seems so rare these days. He’s made smart choices in the roles he’s charismatically played and is possibly the closest thing the film industry has in it’s arsenal to a real modern man.

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