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Oct 16, 2014 Liz 0

Thanks to my friend Claudia at johnnydeppnetwork.com I have added scans from the October 10 Issue of Best Movie Italy to the gallery!


Oct 10, 2014 Liz 0

Additional stills from Inherent Vice and Paradise Lost have been added to the gallery. I have also replaced 2 stills by the HQ version.



Oct 05, 2014 Liz 0

Benicio and the whole cast of Inherent Vice attend the film’s Presentation and Premiere yesterday during the 52nd New York Film Festival.



Oct 01, 2014 Liz 0



Sep 29, 2014 Liz 0

screendaily.com – Benicio del Toro has said that he tried to capture the contradiction in Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar while portraying him in thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost:

“The film is clear. Escobar had two faces. He was a family man. He seduced a whole country but at the same time he brings it down. That was Pablo. He became a Robin Hood who also bled the country out.”

Speaking at a Zurich Film Festival press conference, the Che star said he had mixed feelings about the infamous Escobar:

“I have pity for him. I don’t like what he did. He was a talented man who wasted his talnet. But he brought a lot of suffering to a lot of people. He isn’t someone to emulate.”

Del Toro stars alongside Josh Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac in the thriller about a young surfer who meets the woman of his dreams but who also happens to be Escobar’s niece.

“I wanted to make a movie about a young man whose destiny was fatally changed by an encounter with a superhuman character,” said actor turned director Andrea Di Stefano. “I saw the potential to make a kind of Greek tragedy.”

The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson joked that he was “seduced’ by Del Toro during the shoot:

“I met Benicio a few years ago when he directed me in a short film. I’ve seen his movies and I know what he does on set. He’s pretty intense so I was a little nervous. But knowing him personally from before helped”.


Sep 28, 2014 Liz 0

Benicio attended the Premiere of Paradise Lost tonight at the Zurich Film Festival. He posed for a lot of pictures with fans! Check out all the photos in our gallery.


Sep 28, 2014 Liz 0

variety.com – Looking relaxed and much leaner than his latest screen incarnation as the heavyweight, disheveled drug lord, Pablo Escobar, Benicio Del Toro arrived at the San Sebastian Film Festival on Friday to collect the festival’s Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement in an upbeat, playful, mood.

“Well, it’s an honor,” Del Toro said of the Donostia Award, “because it’s the first time I’ve been given a career award and also because it comes from the San Sebastian Festival, which has for many years been the festival I have enjoyed the most.”

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the son of lawyer parents, Del Toro grew up in Pennsylvania and made his way through New York and L.A. drama schools before landing bit parts on television.

“As a teenager, I never thought I’d get an award such as this,” said Del Toro.

“I dreamed of course, but dreaming is essential, in order to be an actor .To appear in front of a camera and tell a story is a pretty complicated process and it’s very difficult for any actor starting out .There’s a lot of rejection and you’ve got to have very thick skin, like a crocodile.”

Del Toro was also in San Sebastian to attend the European premier of “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” the directorial debut of Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, that blends the true story of Colombia’s infamous drug king with a fictional Romeo and Juliet love story between a young Canadian surfer, played by “Hunger Games” Josh Hutcherson, and Escobar’s niece (Claudia Traisac), who become embroiled in the toxic empire of the all-powerful criminal before attempting to escape the cartel’s reign of terror.

Trailing positive notices from the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, “Escobar: Paradise Lost” marks something of a return to form for the actor. Ostensibly taking a supporting role as Pablo Escobar, Del Toro’s brooding intensity dominates and lends an essential gravitas to Di Stefano’s debut as director .

Colombia’s most notorious criminal died in a shoot out in 1993, but Escobar’s name still elicits shivers of fear or worshipful admiration for a man who once ran a multimillion-dollar drug cartel and brought terror along with cash to struggling Colombian communities.

After numerous documentaries and books about Escobar’s life, there has been a slew of recent Escobar projects including a 2012 Colombian miniseries and the upcoming “The Ballad of Pablo Escobar,” starring John Leguizamo in the title role. Why the fascination with a man behind so much violence?

“I did feel the pain that went through Colombia at that time” said Del Toro. “And anyone who reads about Escobar sometimes finds it difficult to understand. There were good and very bad sides to his life, and it’s true a lot of people got hurt by this man.”

The role seems almost tailor-made for Latin America’s highest profile star, the 48-year-old who won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as a Mexican cop in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” (2000) and the 2008 Cannes Best Actor Award for the two-part “Che,” playing Che Guevara, also directed by Soderbergh.

The future Oscar winner made his breakthrough as the mumbling, effete gangster Fred Fenster in Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects” (1995), a performance, he says, inspired by Dustin Hoffman’s role as Mumbles in “Dick Tracy.” It heralded the offbeat chameleon quality of one of cinema’s most compelling character actors who also has an unerring ear for comedy.

Tall and dark with hair swept back from his distinctive granite jawed features, Del Toro reflected at San Sebastian on how Di Stefano’s semi-fictional movie allowed him to explore the dramatic ambiguities of Pablo Escobar .

“What attracted me was the script and the sensibility of Andrea,” said Del Toro. “The truth of Escobar’s life was that he helped many people, so to some he’s still a Robin Hood, but to the rest of the world he is a monster. I’ve been doing this job for a while, and it is better to approach this kind of subject kind of like a surgeon. I don’t want to become him, but examine and know him.”

Last seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a sci-fi action film for Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Enterprises, Del Toro is currently working on Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” and next year will appear in “Inherent Vice,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Does he make any distinction between real-life and fictional characters?

“I’ve played many real-life and fictional characters and it’s no more easy or difficult to do either,” Del Toro said. “Basically, you research and study the character, almost like a journalist, then a bell rings and you start the film. That’s when it all comes together, in shooting the scenes.”