Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Benecio Del Toro

Benecio Del Toro won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival this year for his portrayal of Che Guevara in the film Che. If you aren’t familiar with Mr. Del Toro here is a small synopsis. Born in Puerto Rico but raised in the U.S., Benecio Del Toro’s acting career began with an episode of “Miami Vice.” After this he moved on to some bigger roles in films such as: The Indian Runner (1991), The Usual Suspects (1995—for which he won an Independent Spirit award), Basquiat (1996—another Independent Spirit award), and as Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) with Johnny Depp. His big break was the film Traffic (2000—for which he won many awards) where he plays a Mexican cop in the drug wars. This is the film that made him a star in the U.S. From here he went on to Snatch (2000), a funny Guy Richie film also starring Brad Pitt, 21 Grams (2004—another award winner) with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, Sin City (2005) and most recently, Things We Lost in the Fire (2007). He’s actually made about 32 films and I have only listed a few. At the moment he is very popular and in great demand. He is sometimes considered to be the new Marlon Brando or James Dean and is also compared to Brad Pitt. He is dark, brooding, and intelligent. Terry Gilliam who directed Fear and Loathing… said of Del Toro:
"Del Toro is an exciting actor. He's obsessed with his work. He draws the camera like a magnet because he keeps coming up with things that are dark, brooding, dangerous and sexy."
Sean Penn also praises Del Toro:
“He's like an acting animal, this guy who comes out of the forest to make movies better. He's fearless, and he has a very distinctive imagination for character. He's one of the few actors who can make flamboyant choices that never just say, 'Look at me.' He's not showy. If he stands out, it's only because the rest of the people haven't risen as high to the bar."
If you haven’t seen any of his movies he is clearly someone to watch. He always gives a great performance and his characters are always interesting. The films he has appeared in thus far in his career are great and he will undoubtedly go on to make many more fabulous films, so….check him out!
For more information on Benecio Del Toro see his website:

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