SICARIO 2: SOLDADO – In Cinemas Now – Six Things You Didn’t Know About Oscar Winning Acclaimed Actor Benicio del Toro
A favourite among crime-film aficionados, Benicio Del Toro is back as mysterious Alejandro Gillick, a sicario collaborating with the CIA: his mission this time is to stop cartels from smuggling terrorists across the border into the US.
With Sicario 2: Soldado out in cinemas today, we get to know him better with six little-known facts.
He Wanted To Be A Surfer – Following his family’s advice, Benicio Del Toro attended the University of California to pursue a Business degree. He’s revealed that during his time at university in the Golden State he often dreamed of becoming a surfer, but he eventually dropped out to pursue an acting career.
He And Madonna Go Way Back – What many fans may not know is that Benicio makes an appearance in one of Madonna’s videos: keep your eyes peeled next time you happen to see the La Isla Bonita music video.
He Has A Passion For Art – Benicio is reportedly very passionate about art and an avid art collector, with a particular predilection for oil paintings.
He’s The Youngest Bond Villain – Benicio played Bond villain Dario in 1989’s Licence To Kill, against Timothy Dalston’s James Bond. Back then the actor was only 21 years old, which makes him the youngest actor to ever play the villain in a Bond film.
He’s All About Method Acting – While filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, where he played Dr. Gonzo, Benicio burned himself repeatedly with a cigarette for a scene. He did so to remain true to the real-life character he was portraying, but the scene was eventually cut from the film.
He’s Dealt With Cartels Before And Won An Oscar For It – Benicio Del Toro is one of only three Puerto Rican actors to ever win an Oscar. The film that earned him the award is Traffic, where he plays a Mexican cop caught between drug wars and government corruption.