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Benicio Del Toro's 5 best roles

You know Benicio Del Toro.

While he never rose to fame at the level he deserved, he's been consistently doing great work in many different films. He had his big break in the 90s with movies like Traffic and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and he's joined the cast of some of the biggest franchises we know today, such as in Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Next up, he's reprising his role in the sequel to Sicario, where he plays Alejandro, an FBI Task Force leader with a dark past. His performance in Sicario was awards-worthy, and we can't wait to see him do it again in Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

As we gear up to watch the action unfold in Day of the Soldado, we're looking back on our five favourite Benicio Del Toro roles.

5. 21 Grams: Jack Jordan

Benicio Del Toro earned his second Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an ex-convict who found himself renewed in the Christian faith in Alejandro González Iñárritu's moral drama 21 Grams. The film follows Jack as a tragic accident turns his life upside down again, and Del Toro's moving performance anchors this heavy story that tackles death and grieving. 


4. Sicario: Alejandro Gillick

There are many layers to Alejandro Gillick, who isn't who he first appears to be when we meet him in Sicario. Just like Kate (Emily Blunt), we meet Alejandro as an FBI Task Force Leader who is helping her and Matt (Josh Brolin) capture Mexican Sinoloa cartel leader Manuel Diaz. As the film goes on, we learn more about Alejandro, and it's Del Toro's natural performance that keeps us on the edge of our seats, itching to learn the truth about this mysterious man. 


3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Dr. Gonzo

One of Benicio Del Toro's most iconic roles is as the psychopathic lawyer to Johnny Depp's quirky journalist in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, we follow Raoul Duke (Depp) and Dr. Gonzo (Del Toro) on a drug-fueled road trip in search of the American dream. This psychedelic adventure is a cult classic, and makes for Del Toro's zaniest performance. 


2. The Usual Suspects: Fenster

Del Toro's first big breakout role was as the unintelligible gangster Fenster in the ensemble crime film, The Usual Suspects. This twisted film still goes down in history as having one of the most shocking endings ever seen on screen, and our personal favourite performance out of the bunch definitely goes to Del Toro, who despite mumbling everything he says, has the most memorable dialogue in the film. 


1. Traffic: Javier Rodriguez

Benicio Del Toro won an Oscar for his performance as a conflicted police officer in Mexico who is caught up in the war on drugs and finds himself in a moral dilemma. After stopping a drug transport, Javier Rodriguez is hired by a Mexican official named Salazar to help take down the Tijuana Obregón Drug Cartel, but soon it is revealed that Salazar has ulterior motives. This is a dark ensemble drama about drug trafficking, and Del Toro's character is the stand-out of the film. It remains the best performance of his career. 


Sicario: Day of the Soldado at Cineplex theatres on June 29th! Click here for tickets and showtimes!