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Surprising his co-stars at age 21, Del Toro was the youngest actor ever to portray a Bond villain. However, the potential break was spoiled as the picture turned out to be one of the most disappointing Bond films ever; this was lost amid bigger summer competition.
Benicio gave creditable performances in many overlooked films for the next several years, such as The Indian Runner , Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and Money for Nothing His roles in Fearless and China Moon gained him more critical notices, and proved to be the first "Year of Benicio" as he gave a memorable performance in Swimming with Sharks before taking critics and film buffs by storm as the mumbling, mysterious gangster in The Usual Suspects , directed by Bryan Singer.
Staying true to his independent roots, he next gave a charismatic turn as cold-blooded gangster Gaspare Spoglia in The Funeral directed by Abel Ferrara.
That year also marked his first truly commercial film, as he played cocky Spanish baseball star Juan Primo in The Fan , which starred Robert De Niro. Del Toro took his first leading man role in Excess Baggage , starring and produced by Alicia Silverstone. Hand-picked by Silverstone, Del Toro's performance was pretty much the only thing critics praised about the film, and showed the level of consciousness he was beginning to have in the minds of film fans. He took a leading role with his good friend Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , co-written and directed by the legendary Terry Gilliam.
Gaining 40 pounds for the role of Dr. Gonzo, the drug-addicted lawyer to sportswriter Raoul Duke, Benicio immersed himself totally in the role. Using his method acting training so far as to burn himself with cigarettes for a scene, this was a trying time for Del Toro.
The harsh critical reviews proved tough on him, as he felt he had given his all for the role and been dismissed. Many saw the crazed, psychotic performance as a confirmation of the rumors and overall weirdness that people seemed to place on Del Toro. Taking a short break after the ordeal, proved to be the second "Year of Benicio". Then he went to work for actor's director Steven Soderbergh in Traffic A complex and graphic film, this nonetheless became a widespread success and Oscar winner.
His role as conflicted Mexican policeman Javier Rodriguez functions as the movie's real heart amid an all-star ensemble cast, and many praised this as the year's best performance, a sentiment validated by a Screen Actor's Guild Award for "Best Actor". He also gave a notable performance in Snatch directed by Guy Ritchie , which was released several weeks later, and The Pledge directed by Sean Penn.
With his newfound celebrity, Del Toro has become a sort of heartthrob, being voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" as well as "Most Eligible Bachelors. So far very careful in his projects and who he works with, Del Toro can boast an impressive resume of films alongside some of the most influential and talented people in the film business.
Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Edit Benicio Del Toro. Showing all 63 items. He was sent to boarding school in Pennsylvania when he was age His mother, Fausta Sanchez-Del Toro, died of hepatitis when he was age nine. His family urged him to become a lawyer because they felt there was no future in acting. Studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting on a scholarship. Burned himself with cigarettes repeatedly for the elevator scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas because the real Oscar Zeta Acosta did as well.
The shots of the burn were deleted. Reportedly turned down the role of Frida Kahlo 's husband Diego Rivera in Frida because of the weight gain that would be required, despite that earlier, for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , he had gained 40 pounds for his character.
Attended and graduated from Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania He was a basketball star and artist there, but not an actor. He badly injured his wrist during a stunt fight during the filming of William Friedkin 's The Hunted He fell on his wrist as he dove for a knife and actor Tommy Lee Jones fell on top of him.
He was injured so badly that he was out of work for months, even though the film was virtually completed. He required three hours of therapy daily and reportedly there is a question whether he will regain full use of the wrist. Is the third Puerto Rican actor to receive an Academy Award.
The other two were: Benny Dalmau's last name his character in Basquiat came from Raymond Dalmau, a Puerto Rican basketball player in the s and early s. Had a long-term relationship with Chiara Mastroianni The film was due to start shooting in October - with Denzel Washington co-starring - but Universal Pictures postponed it because of budgetary concerns.
The film eventually got the green light in , with Ridley Scott replacing Antoine Fuqua as director. Is one of five Oscar winners - for Best Supporting Actor in Traffic - to play a character that spoke mostly in a foreign language. Most of his dialog was in Spanish. Producers not only wanted him for his amazing talent, but also for his close resemblance to Muni.
At 21 years old, he is the youngest person ever to portray a villain in a James Bond movie: