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Creator / Benicio del Toro

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Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor and producer. He acquired Spanish citizenship in 2011.

He won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for Traffic in 2000. Still, he was already praised by that time for his earlier performance as several secondary-yet-unmissable characters, like Fenster in The Usual Suspects and Dr Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.


He provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: He plays a lot of less than trustworthy characters but generally gives them a lot of charisma, even if it's just a facade for some of them.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: He's famous for the dark circles under his eyes and they get put to very good use when he plays a villain.
  • Method Acting: invoked He's been known to get rather intense when preparing for roles. Since many of his performances involved him playing unstable people there are many stories of casts and crews being nervous around him or giving him a wide berth because they were genuinely afraid for their own safety. Directors, on the other hand, like William Friedkin have expressed annoyance at his desire to give his characters detailed backstories because his constant brooding and questioning of the script inevitably leads to shooting delays while everyone waits for him to get ready.
  • Production Posse: He's one of Steven Soderbergh's go to actors.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's 6'2, dark-haired and quite ruggedly handsome.
  • What Could Have Been: invoked He was originally the front-runner to play Darth Maul, but he opted out after rewrites drastically reduced the character's role in the film. He would eventually join the Star Wars universe 18 years later as "DJ" in The Last Jedi.