Benicio Del Toro Quotes

“I trained as a theatre actor and you had a bare stage and you had to pretend, one prop and you are in the middle of 8th Ave. and traffic is just going by.”

“I won and I get to scream and jump a little. But I got to go back to work tomorrow.”

“I’ve always played the guy with the gun and the knife. That’s how many actors start out, playing the bad guy.”

I've always played the guy

“I’ve played drug dealers, all my life. I’ve made a career of killing people and playing all kinds of killers. The violence and drugs is portrayed in exaggeration. This is fiction. That is how I looked at it. And, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Just open a newspaper.”

“I don’t see the world completely in black and white. Sometimes I do.”

“You deal with failure – strike, strike, strike – all the time. Acting is like that. You have to have a very thick skin in a way – your hair is too dark, you’re too ugly for the part, your audition wasn’t good.” –

“Before I was even in high school, I had dark circles under my eyes. Rumor was that I was a junkie. I have dark circles under my eyes, deal with it.”

Before I was even in high school,

“Before I was ever in high school, I had dark circles under my eyes.”

“The very first things that I did, even in theater, were bad guys. They are meaty roles for the most part. With the bad guy you have more freedom to experiment and go further out than with a good guy.”

“To be honest with you, I’d rather not be working. When you work, there are all sorts of deadlines and pressures. I like to do one thing and take my time to do the other one.”

“I’m a fan myself, so when a fan does something that might be strange, I understand it.”

I'm a fan myself, so when

“It depends, because sometimes an action role can be very demanding, and sometimes a dialogue-driven character can be very demanding, and vice versa. It depends.”

“I’m not Jack Nicholson. I’m not Brando. But I do mumble.”

“When I was a little kid, I was the first kid in my neighborhood to have a pet alligator.”

“You might get some serial killers who are born with a chip missing, but for the most part I don’t think anyone is born bad.”

You might get some serial killers

“I don’t think I could be a foot soldier. I don’t know if I could take orders too good. I’m a little lazy.”

“I’ve liked most of the films that I’ve been in and those are the kinds of films I like to see.”

“When you do a movie the clock is ticking. It’s like a sport.”

“When you start to become a movie star it’s easy to believe that you are Superman. That can fool you. That’s why I prefer not to pay much attention to fame.”

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When you start to become

“There’s a lot of Latinos right now, a lot of filmmakers and writers that are Latin too.”

“My goal as an actor has always been to reach a level where I can find a lot of interesting work, and I think I’m at that point now. The Oscar has given me a lot of recognition.”

“It really is a pleasure to work with someone who you admire. Whatever you do in front of the camera, and I don’t know what it is, but actors have this thing that you recognize someone that makes you better. When you do that, it’s a great feeling.”

“Hopefully, I can play both sides of the fence. That’s probably what winning the Oscar gives me, the chance to do something with a studio and do other things that I really want to do.”

Hopefully, I can play both

“I used to play basketball and I was pretty competitive, but I was never a bad loser. I never got angry. For me it was always about doing my best and devoting myself to a challenge.”

“I think that the Oscar gives you some kind of guts or something, it gives you the illusion that you can do it. It’s good for business.”

“Some roles have been with me forever”

“To me the thing with ‘Grease’ was that it was the first movie that as a kid I wanted to get up and do what they were doing.”

To me the thing with 'Grease'

“There’s something about the Oscar that gives you sort of stripes where you feel you can dare to walk into a studio like Universal and say, “Hey guys, how about an idea of me playing the wolf man?””

“License to Kill’ is not one of the great Bond movies.”

“My grandfather was a lawyer, my dad was a lawyer, my mum was a lawyer, I got an uncle who’s a lawyer, I got cousins that are lawyers.”

“Am I getting better at making choices? Well, I think I might be getting better at reading scripts.” –

Am I getting better at making

“It’s funny, but when I arrived in California to start college I was much more interested in becoming a surfer and cruise along in life from one beach to the next. I didn’t plan out any huge career for myself.” –

“I think having a vision can make someone an influential man. I’m not talking about acting or anything like that, I’m talking about people I admire, whether it’s a writer or a musician or a sports figure or a politician, whatever.”

“You have to kill to survive. People have been doing it forever. I eat meat, and I eat fish. If I were on a deserted island I would need that to survive.”

“I guess I rooted for the Creature from the Black Lagoon.” – Benicio Del Toro

I guess I rooted for the Creature

“I get more choices of things, projects, which is a blessing and a curse. I can only do one at a time. Sometimes you don’t know which way to go.”

“I’ve done a lot of movies, and you really never know. You do a movie and you think that it’s great, and then you see it and it doesn’t work.”

“I’m not saying I’m a writer, but I’ve been in movies for a long time, and I think I could write a script for a movie.”

“Well when I was a kid, I asked Santa Claus for some toys. Santa Claus wrote me a letter that he lost his bag. He said he’d get back to me next year.”

“Villains used to always die in the end. Even the monsters. Frankenstein, Dracula – you’d kill them with a stake. Now the nightmare guy comes back.”

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