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November 6, 2013 Guardians Of The Galaxy

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ promises to be the quirkiest entry to the superhero genre to date, especially with director James Gunn’s proclamation that Benicio Del Toro’s, The Collector, is “like an outer-space Liberace.”

During an interview with MTV News, Gunn discussed the character in more depth, admitting, “He’s out there man. He’s the best. He’s so out there. We just kept watching him on set and being like, ‘Oh my God’.”

Gunn added that even he was taken aback by the Puerto Rican’s portrayal, stating, “He’s probably the character that was the most different from what I imagined. Although I did sort of say he’s like an outer-space Liberace. That’s what it says in the script, which he’s kind of doing.”

The director then affirmed, “He really came in prepared and doing something utterly unique and he’s mesmerising the whole time he’s in the movie.”

The first look at The Collector divided fans, with many stating that he was way too over the top with his performance, which saw him collect the Infinity Stone, Aesther, from Asgard’s Volstagg and Sif. After taking this cataclysmic force from the warriors he then suspiciously notes, “One down, five to go.” I told you to look away.

Gunn directed this sneaky peek, and he declared that it was shot in just a few hours. “I got the script that morning, ” remarked Gunn,” and I did it in two hours at the end of a day of second unit shooting.”

Personally, I believe that Del Toro had an imposing campness that will suit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s’ mood and style perfectly, and I became more and more enthralled with each flamboyant gesture and remark during the brief sequence. On the other-hand some detractors have simply compared him to Jacobim Mugatu from Zoolander, who was famously played by Will Ferrell. Which it’s hard to argue with.


November 5, 2013 Gallery, Photoshoot

I have added 2 outtakes from the photoshoot Benicio did for Premiere.

October 30, 2013 Jimmy P., News/Rumors

Worldview Entertainment has sold U.S. distribution rights to “Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian” to IFC Films.

The film, which stars Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric, made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its North American debut earlier this month at the New York Film Festival. IFC plans to release the film next year.

Arnaud Desplechin directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kent Jones and Julie Peyr, based on the book by Georges Devereux about his relationship and multidisciplinary study of Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot Indian who fought in World War II and suffered from psychological distress.

Pascal Caucheteux and Jennifer Roth produced while Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners executive produced with Patrick Milling Smith and Ben Limberg.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco on behalf of IFC and CAA on behalf of Worldview.

Variety’s Scott Foundas said in his Cannes review that the film was “highly absorbing.”


October 19, 2013 Gallery, Public Appearances

I have added 3 High Quality photos of Benicio attending Fania All Stars Perform In San Juan, Puerto Rico yesterday. Thanks to my friend Claudia for 2 of them!

October 14, 2013 Articles/Interviews, Jimmy P.

Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian opened on Tuesday at the New York Film Festival, and stars Benicio Del Toro as a Blackfeet Indian and veteran who has returned from World War II with a mysterious form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The film charts the relationship between Del Toro’s titular character and a French psychoanalyst (played by Mathieru Amalric), and was directed by Arnaud Desplechin. This is the second part of our interview with Del Toro; to read the first part click to “Benicio Del Toro: ‘Native Americans Are the Real Americans'”.

Why did you accept this role?
The director was a big issue; I read the script, and I had seen Arnaud’s movies. When I talked to him, I felt he had a lot of guts to do a movie about two guys, speaking about psychoanalysis, one of them being a Native American. It was too original–usually, movies like this are about two white guys talking about their problems. That combination made me decide to make the film. Given the originality, I saw the possibility for a good movie.

When you say, “two white guys talking about their problems” — like de Niro, playing a Mafioso going through psychotherapy in Analyze This?
Ah yes, so funny! And The Sopranos had it too. But yes, with a Native American character, it was different, and very serious.

In the film, Jimmy Picard expresses himself with a specific phrasing, and also speaks his Native language–how did you prepare for the performance linguistically?
I worked with Marvin Weatherwax, my language coach from Browning, Montana, who was very informative, and with Alan Shaterian, my coach for years. I listened to tapes, worked a lot, repeating, listening, on and on.

Was it hard to learn Piikani?
Yes, it takes work. I listened to the tapes of Native people, doing a lot of repetition. And while you do that, you cannot think about it–either it works, or it does not.

What was it like working with a multi-cultural team?
I just see human beings–cultural differences, color, do not influence me. We do a movie, that‘s all. What happens there is what goes on within any relationships–an interaction between people trying to understand each other, with their specific process.

Did you know much about Native culture?
I knew a little bit. I read about their history, and I watched an interesting movie called The Exiles that Arnaud passed on to me, and I had read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. For this movie, I read Devereux’s book. It’s long! But I enjoyed it, because I am interested in Jung and Freud–as an actor, you study human behavior. You are either an actor by instinct, or indirectly, by studying, to a certain extent, human beings.

You were give an Indian name–what is it?
Yes! I love my Indian name, Red Shield. And I was given its history–the Native culture is amazing–the spirituality, the history, the stories, and the concepts about the other world, the spirit world, and spiritual aspects. I found that very interesting. Also the connection with the Earth, the respect for it–it is powerful, important. The spiritual world and that relation to the Earth really struck me.

For your next role, as Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, you will need to speak in a particular way – using a Colombian accent, and slang specific to Escobar’s criminal underworld.
Yes, I try! It is very different from the Puerto Rican, but the emotional feeling is similar whether Caribbean or Latin. And human beings are just human beings. As when I played Jimmy P, in the beginning, I thought, How will I play this? Well, just play it as a human being–with dignity.


October 13, 2013 Gallery, Site


Thanks to my great friend Kaci we have a new layout on the site and gallery using Benicio’s photoshoots for Les Inrockuptibles and Paris Match! I hope you like it!

October 12, 2013 Articles/Interviews

Actor Benicio del Toro took part in an innovative project in his native Puerto Rico to make it the responsibility of island’s movie sector to take its proposals to the authorities in order to promote and internationalize the industry.
As one of the best-known Puerto Ricans in movies, Del Toro inaugurated Thursday a forum open to the public and organized by the Puerto Rico Cultural Development Commission.

After admitting that “almost all my career in movies has been outside of Puerto Rico,” the Oscar-winning actor stepped back to let other notable figures of Puerto Rican movies lead the forum.

Also taking part in the event was veteran Oscar-nominated director Jacobo Morales.

“It’s logical to hope our movies at least recover their investment, and while I accept that movies are entertainment, they can be much more than that, they can inspire feelings in us,” Morales said, acknowledging that at his age, “I have a growing urgency to do something serious, because I have the impression that I’ve never worked in my life.”

He said that “Puerto Rican films don’t need to have universality as their starting point,” contrary to what is usually advised, and recalled that the success of many foreign films in the United States has not been based on “their universality or their budget,” but on “their authenticity, the true feelings with which they tell their stories.”


October 2, 2013 Gallery, Public Appearances

Thanks to my friend Marica for donating high quality photos of Benicio at the Jimmy P. Premiere!